The Erratics was the first book I read when I embarked on my project to read all the books on the Stella Prize shortlist. It was the kind of memoir I simply couldn’t put down. Fortunately, I was on holiday at the time — in Fremantle, Western Australia — so I have very fond memories of lying on a sofa and later sitting on a sun-washed balcony being completely immersed in this story.
It’s a compelling account of dealing with elderly parents — one of whom is trying to kill the other — from afar.
According to the Stella Prize Twitter account, it’s a “sharp, darkly funny and powerful book” that “explores the universal themes of family, the pain they can inflict and the legacy they leave”.
You can read my full review here.
The $50,000 prize is for Australian women writers, and only books, both fiction and non-fiction, published in 2018 were eligible.