Australian Women Writers Challenge, AWW2020

22 books by women: completing the 2020 Australian Women Writers’ Challenge

For the fifth year in a row, I signed up to do the Australian Women Writers Challenge in 2020. My aim was to read 20 books; I ended up reading 22. Here is a list of all the books I read; all are fiction bar two. They have been arranged in alphabetical order by author’s… Continue reading 22 books by women: completing the 2020 Australian Women Writers’ Challenge

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‘Our Shadows’ by Gail Jones

Fiction – paperback; Text Publishing; 320 pages; 2020. Love and loss, the goldfields of Kalgoorlie, growing up in outback Australia, and strained relationships between sisters all feature heavily in Gail Jones’ latest novel Our Shadows. Outback setting This gently nuanced novel is largely set in the outback gold mining town of Kalgoorlie, about 600km east… Continue reading ‘Our Shadows’ by Gail Jones

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‘A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing’ by Jessie Tu

Fiction – paperback; Allen & Unwin; 304 pages; 2020. A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing is Jessie Tu’s debut novel. It’s an uncompromising look at a talented young violinist trying to fill the void left behind when her fame as a child prodigy has died out. It’s about trying to find your feet as… Continue reading ‘A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing’ by Jessie Tu

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‘The Hunter’ by Julia Leigh

Fiction – paperback; Penguin; 170 pages; 1999. Earlier this year the ABC’s streaming service, iView, placed a whole bunch of Australian films online, one of which was The Hunter, starring Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill and Frances O’Connor. This strangely hypnotic film, where not much seems to happen, is essentially a mood piece about one man’s… Continue reading ‘The Hunter’ by Julia Leigh

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‘Lucky Ticket’ by Joey Bui

Fiction – paperback; Text Publishing; 256 pages; 2019. Joey Bui’s Lucky Ticket is a collection of short stories recently shortlisted for the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction 2020, which is why I read it. A Vietnamese-Australia writer, Bui comes to these stories with an eye for the outsider. Her fiction tends to champion the… Continue reading ‘Lucky Ticket’ by Joey Bui