Blogs in December 2020

The Living Sea of Waking Dreams 5th December 2020

An ember storm of a novel, this is Booker Prize-winning novelist Richard Flanagan at his most moving―and astonishing―best. In a world of perennial fire and growing extinctions, Anna’s aged mother is dying―if her three children would just allow it....

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Gould’s Book of Fish 28th May 2020

Once upon a time that was called 1828, before all the living things on the land and the fishes in the sea were destroyed, there was a man named William Buelow Gould, a convict in Van Dieman’s Land who...

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The Sound of One Hand Clapping 11th August 2017

‘Flanagan’s enthralling and powerful novel centres on a Slovenian couple, Bojan and Maria Buloh, and their daughter Sonja. The story begins in 1954, when Sonja is three, and ends in 1990, when she is in her late thirties ....

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The Narrow Road to the Deep North 29th September 2014

In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Burma Death Railway, surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle’s young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from...

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Wanting 1st January 1970

It is 1839, a preacher is looking after a small group of Aborigines, who have come from Tasmania, formerly Van Diemen’s Land.the Aborigines have all been guided into taking up”Western” notions, from dress to food. He is appalled by...

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