#NovNov – two by Claire Keegan

YES! I KNOW IT’S DECEMBER! (But I’m determined to finish my #NovNov reviews. Also, there’s more to come).

Claire Keegan occupied a good part of my 2022 #NovNov efforts, and I was rewarded – I love her stories. This year’s Keegan selections – The Forester’s Daughter and So Late in the Day – were fantastic (actually, they’re probably short stories, not novellas, but I have both as neat, printed books so….). Continue reading

What is a Novella? #NovNov

This week’s #NovNov prompt is ‘What is a novella?’, and invites bloggers to share their definition of a novella (and/or list favourites). Continue reading

Antarctica by Claire Keegan

I was completely seduced by Claire Keegan’s novellas last year, so obviously I didn’t need much convincing to read her debut collection of short stories, Antarctica.

The titular story, Antarctica, is startling, and sets the tone for the rest of the collection. And I’d describe that tone as violent. The stories explore violence in what are predominantly domestic settings, and the focus is on women, and themes of fidelity and retribution. But before Antarctica takes its frightening turn, it begins with a brilliant first line –

Every time the happily married woman went away she wondered how it would feel to sleep with another man. Continue reading

20 Books of Summer (except that it’s Winter)

Cathy at 746 Books is hosting the 20 Books of Summer reading challenge again this year. As Cathy explains, it’s the most relaxed reading challenge you’ll participate in (swap books out, change your target, do whatever). The challenge is straightforward – read twenty books between June 1st and September 1st. Continue reading

Things That Are Making Me Happy This Week

01. A brilliant night at Denmark House for the Spirit of the North dinner (part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival). And no, wasn’t daunted by the many, many shots of akvavit that were paired with each morsel – totally took it in my stride 😀 Continue reading

My Best Books for 2022


I did away with ‘top tens’ a few years ago, and instead I finish the reading year with a recap of the books that are still speaking to me (less about four and five-star ratings, more about what has stuck). Continue reading