1. Seems like everyone in the world except me had an advance copy of Charlotte Wood’s The Natural Way of Things. Why?! I was (am) BUSTING to read it. Thankfully it has now been released and I can get stuck in.
2. And while you’re waiting for your copy of The Natural Way of Things, listen to this ace interview.
3. My social reading group finished A Little Life long before I did (I knew it would happen… too much uni reading and not enough fun reading). Almost all of them hated it. I fully appreciate their criticisms and don’t disagree with any but I still thought it was a significant (and amazing) book.
4. It’s school holidays here – we’ve squeezed in some days at Phillip Island, a night in Sydney (to see the brilliant Matilda) and a few nights in Canberra. The purpose of our visit to ONC was predominantly to visit family and friends – with them, we managed to take in a few sights as well – National Portrait Gallery, National War Memorial, Floriade Night Fest, a festival at the Royal Thai Embassy where we ate our body weight in Pad Thai and the National Arboretum.
5. The Arboretum is, without question, my new favourite place in Canberra and I’m looking forward to visiting it over coming decades (yes, really) as the forests grow. Here we are strolling through the Himalayan Cedar Forest –
6. This article about female friendships.
7. This segment on Catalyst about becoming fit in six minutes a week (HIT for ‘old’ people). So I can stop flogging myself at the gym now, right?
8. This article (and more importantly, the artwork) is the ant’s pants.
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