Melbourne Writers Festival 2022

I’m interrupting my usual Sunday night HAPPY posts, to bring a special edition of Writer-Festival-Happiness (that’s a picture of the ceiling of one of the Festival venues, the Capitol Theatre, which never fails to thrill me).

I didn’t get to all of the events I had originally booked (work has a way of foiling plans!), however, I’ve had a terrific weekend and managed six events in total. Some highlights: Continue reading

Still Life by Sarah Winman

Still Life by Sarah Winman is an undeniably pretty story, predominantly set in Florence, and focused around themes of art, love and luck.

The book has had tonnes of reviews, so I won’t recount the plot – all you need to know is that the story stretches from post-WWII to the seventies, and tracks the interwoven lives of a number of characters (including a blue and yellow Macaw named Claude).

Winman plays with perspective – simply in terms of individual characters; nuanced if you take the idea of the title and think about how we all see a fixed object in a different way, our history and experiences giving context; and lastly at a meta-level, with her riff on Forster’s A Room with a View. Continue reading

Six Degrees of Separation – from Memoirs of a Geisha to Howard’s End

It’s time for #6degrees. Start at the same place as other wonderful readers, add six books, and see where you end up!

This month we begin with Arthur Golden’s international bestseller, Memoirs of a Geisha. I took this book on holiday with me to Far North Queensland and have fond memories of sitting on the beach and by the pool, absorbed in Golden’s sumptuous story. Continue reading

Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts – AV edition

01. I went to ’80s Mania’ a fortnight ago – Cutting Crew, Paul Young, Wang Chung, Go West and Taylor Dayne. I know, brilliant line up and they were all realistic about their performance (I think it was Cutting Crew who began by saying “We’re only playing four songs. One you’ll think was by REO Speedwagon and one you’ll know…I guess we could just play that one three times?!” Continue reading

Six Degrees of Separation – from Wild Swans to A Room With a View

It’s time for #6degrees. Join in and thrill us with your clever links!

This month the chain begins with Wild Swans by Jung Chang.  I go through reading binges and Wild Swans was part of an extended ‘China’ phase. Continue reading

Six Degrees of Separation – from Gone Girl to A Room With a View

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It’s time again for my favourite meme. Based on the concept of six degrees of separation, Emma Chapman and Annabel Smith have created #6DEGREES, where bloggers share links between books in six moves. Check out the rules if you want to play along.

This month’s starting point is Gillian Flynn’s bestselling psychological thriller, Gone Girl. I only read this book a few months ago, long after hearing all the hype and having friends recommend it. Unfortunately it didn’t meet my expectations (but I didn’t hate it, either). Continue reading