GOING DOWN TO THE RIVER Doug Seegers

Doug’s story is kind of unbelievable: homeless on the streets of Nashville at 62 years old a Swedish documentary crew comes across Doug with his guitar. After including his street performance in their documentary, Doug became an almost overnight superstar in, of all places, Sweden. This is the incredible redemption story of an addict who […]

SISTERS AND BROTHERS Fiona Palmer

Bill, 72, feels lost after the death of his adored wife. He leans on his only daughter, Sarah. Sarah, career woman and perfectionist homemaker, struggles to keep up with the Joneses. As her husband grows distant, she has no support network. Emma, a down to earth nurse and busy mum of three, always dreamed of […]

THE BOTANIST’S DAUGHTER Kayte Nunn

There is much to like in this botanical odyssey of discovery, desire and deception – spanning Victorian UK, Australia and Chile – Kayte Nunn has exquisitely researched 19th century Cornwall and Chile to where you can almost smell the fragrance and feel the flora on your fingertips. Inspired by a gorgeous rose sundial in the […]

THE BULLDOG TRACK Peter Phelps

In 1939 at the beginning of World War II Peter Phelps’ grandfather, Tom Phelps, found work as a carpenter in the goldfields of the New Guinea Highlands. But when the Japanese unexpectedly attacked in March 1942 Tom and 200 or so other civilians – goldminers, tradesmen, professionals and local carriers – were left with no […]

BANJO Grantlee Kieza

Extensively researched and written with conversational verve, Banjo is a rich and captivating portrait of our most celebrated poet and a truly great Australian. Andrew Barton ‘Banjo’ Paterson. Australia’s most celebrated poet and storyteller helped define our national traits of loyalty, mateship and laconic humour, but he did so much more. A soldier in the […]

UNSHELTERED Barbara Kingsolver

Brilliantly executed and compulsively readable, Unsheltered is the story of two families, in two centuries, who live at the corner of Sixth and Plum, as they navigate the challenges of surviving a world in the throes of major cultural shifts. Willa and Thatcher come to realise that though the future is uncertain, even unnerving, shelter […]

THE YEAR OF THE FARMER Rosalie Ham

Best read for me this quarter, from the author of The Dressmaker comes a darkly satirical story of a small town in the nether regions of NSW battling the elements, buy-backs, corrupt bureaucracy and one other. Obviously well informed, the plot runs enticingly close to the parallel bastardry of real life regulators and govt scams, […]

NINE PERFECT STRANGERS Liane Moriarty

The retreat at health and wellness resort Tranquillum House promises total transformation. Nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage and absorb the meditative ambience while enjoying their hot stone massages. Watching over them is the resort’s director, a woman on a mission to reinvigorate their tired minds and bodies. […]