Sample Saturday – theremins, depression and a starlet


Sample Saturday, on Sunday. Because yesterday was consumed by Aus v Eng World Cup cricket match (not Valentine’s Day).

The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt by Tracy Farr

Why I have it: No idea.

Summary: The (fictional) story of Lena Gaunt: musician (theremin player), octogenarian, junkie.

I’m thinking: Yes, on the strength of this perfect description about swimming in the sea –

“But if we’re all old and stale, still the water smells fresh – somehow like watermelon, and salt. It’s glorious, the water in the morning, when it’s calm like this, when you can just bob on the surface, like a seal, watching. How well it makes me feel, how calm; how light and how heavy at the same time…”

Eyrie by Tim Winton

Why I have it: Because Lizzy said on January 25, “It’s a bit early, but I might have already read my Book of the Year.”

Summary: A depressed middle-aged man meets his neighbours and it changes everything.

I’m thinking: Yes. Because Tim Winton (hoping it’s more Cloud Street and less Dirt Music though).

Funny Girl by Nick Hornby

Why I have it: Because I really want to give Hornby another chance after the A Long Way Down disaster.

Summary: Set in 1960’s London, young Sophie Straw navigates her transformation from provincial ingénue to television starlet.

I’m thinking: Probably – Hornby’s return to form?


4 responses

    • It’s his last, last, last chance with me. Although today I heard that he was writing the screenplay for a tv adaption of Nina Stibbe’s book Love Nina. So I might just have reason to love him again.

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