With Christmas on the horizon, if you’re anything like us at The Sunday Book Club you’re already stockpiling your holiday reading wishlist (not to mention a list of books as gifts). But remember to take a bit of time for yourself at this busy period — and for that we recommend our new book of the month, Lost Without You by Rachael Johns.
It’s a cracking read — and as part of the Sunday Book Club you get it for 30 per cent off, by going to Booktopia and using this code: BCBT18.
Now, over to Johns: I was born in Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK but moved with my mum to Sydney (and then later Perth) when I was 18 months old. I was an only child so often had to use my imagination for companionship, which I think is great training for a writer. In late primary school I devoured The Baby-Sitters Club series but had no great plans to become an author until I turned to writing as a form of therapy after my heart was broken at 17. past decisions, and the complex relationships between mothers and daughters. I found most of the books in high school a struggle but then I read Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and the character of Miss Havisham really spoke to me. Since then I’ve been fascinated by the complexities of character and I love exploring how people’s circumstances have affected them in my own novels. “Life lit” explores modern-day relationships — not necessarily just romantic ones, but also those between family, friends and even strangers — and contemporary issues. It was time to create a better name for books like Lost Without You that are written by women and look at human relationships. They’re often referred to by booksellers as “women’s fiction” or even “chick-lit” but they’re read by men as well as women, and look at issues that affect all people. There’s no “men’s fiction”! It’s simply “fiction”. Traumatic experiences bring out the best and worst in people and lead us to learn and to grow as people. Compelling novels allow us to read about how people can change and grow, so I always aim to push my characters to breaking point, and then see how they recover! Clara. She’s a 50-something nurse who stayed in a deadend relationship for almost 30 years and now, finally divorced, just wants a chance at happiness. It was fun exploring her re-entrance into the dating world! I’m an only child of a single mother, circumstances that often create a special type ype of closeness. This inspired d my depiction of the relationship onship between Rebecca and her daughter Paige in the book. When a secret comes out about her mother, Paige questions everything she’s ever known about her upbringing and even her identity. fun — I had a legitimate reason to watch all Molly Ringwald’s movies again, and to download an eighties playlist on Spotify and torment my sons with it. I was born in the first month of this colourful era and it was interesting looking back on the fashions and trends of the first decade of my life! I hope readers enjoy a few hours relaxation and escape, but also hope that putting themselves in the different shoes of my various characters may cause them to think more deeply about their own values and beliefs. 1 2 3 4 The Barefoot Investor John Wiley & Sons $29.95 Johnathan Thurston HarperCollins $49.99 The Barefoot Investor For Families HarperCollins $29.99 The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck Macmillan $29.99 5 6 7 9 10 Any Ordinary Day Hamish Hamilton $34.99 Modern Baking HarperCollins $55 Ottolenghi SIMPLE Ebury Press $49.99 No Spin Ebury $49.99 Guinness World Records 2019 Guinness World Records $44.99 Brief Answers To Big Questions Hachette $32.99