Gail is currently reading: Believe Me by Nina Killham. Other good reads include:
The Mountain by Drusilla Modjeska
I lived in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea for two years during the early 80s and loved revisiting this part of the world through the novel. Something of the mystery of the place and the people remains with me.
The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk
Truly amazing read where the images and characters have lingered. A book about obsessive love, skilfully told. The author appears as one of the characters – I’ve never felt so manipulated as a reader
Portrait of a Turkish Family by Irfan Orga
I was encouraged to read more about Turkey after experiencing the delights of Orhan Pamuk. This memoire starts in 1908 and gives an amazing sense of time, character and place
The White Woman on the Green Bicycle by Monique Roffey
Set in Trinidad, this is a story that explores the sense of belonging, mainly told from the perspective of an expatriate wife
Breath by Tim Winton
Rite of passage narrative following the adolescent years of a thrill seeking Australian surfer
The Devil’s Music by Jane Rusbridge
Evocative child’s eye view of family loyalties
The Other Side of You by Salley Vickers
Self-knowledge achieved through love and loss
After the Fire, A Still Small Voice by Evie Wyld
Brilliant debut set in the wild landscape of Queensland where a lonely man discovers the intergeneration legacy of the Korean War
The Poet’s Wife by Judith Allnatt
Told in a resonant voice, the story shares the struggles of Patsy, wife of the poet John Clare, through episodes that show her love and resilience.
Spies by Michael Frayn
Powerful writing at its best: funny, evocative, heartfelt.