It’s Week 2 of Nonfiction November, this week hosted by What’s Nonfiction. The task? Pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title. Continue reading
Tag Archives: Sarah Winman
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
Six Degrees of Separation – from Sweet Tooth to A Room with a View
It’s time for #6degrees. Start at the same place as other wonderful readers, add six books, and see where you end up. 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
Things That Are Making Me Happy This Week
01. Morning walk was accidentally interrupted by breakfast at Cumulus Inc. (BTW that’s a smoked trout frittata with crème fraiche, and madeleines with bergamot curd in the background). Continue reading
My MWF 2022 Reading List
The Melbourne Writers Festival program has been released. I’ve booked lots of sessions and realised that I will have to get busy reading in order to be across the books that the authors will be speaking about. On my reading list: 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
Six Degrees of Separation – from Stasiland to All Our Shimmering Skies
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 Anna Funder’s examination of the East German Stasi – Stasiland. Continue reading
Six Degrees of Separation – from How To Be Both to The Portable Veblen
It’s time for #6degrees. Start at the same place as other wonderful readers, add six books, and see where you end up! Continue reading
Six Degrees of Separation – from The Arsonist to Tin Man
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 The Arsonist by Chloe Hooper. It’s a fascinating account of the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires. One of the themes Hooper explores is remorse. Continue reading