Granted, they weren’t the ones I had originally planned to read (which you can see here), but they were all from my physical and digital TBR and included a mix of lit novels, crime novels and memoirs, mainly from Australia but with a handful from other countries, including England, the Netherlands, the US and Japan.
I think it helped that the weather this winter, my third since repatriating, has been rather conducive to staying indoors and reading. There has to be an upside to weeks of endless storm warnings and rain, right?
Anyway, here’s the 20 books I read, arranged in alphabetical order by author’s surname (hyperlinks, as ever, take you to my full review):
- ‘The Rain Heron’ by Robbie Arnott (Australian, literary/magic realism fiction)
- ‘Like Mother’ by Cassandra Austin (Australian, literary/historical fiction)
- ‘The Twin’ by Gerbrand Bakker (Dutch, literary fiction)
- ‘Queenie’ by Candice Carty-Williams (English, general fiction)
- ‘Mermaid Singing’ by Charmian Clift (Australian, memoir)
- ‘Peel me a Lotus’ by Charmian Clift (Australian, memoir)
- ‘The Crime of Julian Wells’ by Thomas H. Cook (American, literary fiction)
- ‘The Night Village’ by Zoe Deleuil (Australian, psychological thriller)
- ‘Consolation’ by Garry Disher (Australian, crime fiction)
- ‘Peace’ by Garry Disher (Australian, crime fiction)
- ‘The Bookshop’ by Penelope Fitzgerald (English, literary fiction)
- ‘Maestro’ by Peter Goldsworthy (Australian, literary fiction)
- ‘Newcomer’ by Keigo Higashino (Japanese, crime fiction)
- ‘The Broken Book’ by Susan Johnson (Australian, literary fiction)
- ‘Heaven’ by Mieko Kawakami (Japanese, literary fiction)
- ‘Hamnet’ by Maggie O’Farrell (English, literary fiction)
- ‘A Theatre for Dreamers’ by Polly Samson (English, general fiction)
- ‘Born into This’ by Adam Thompson (Australian indigenous, short stories)
- ‘Dead Europe’ by Christos Tsiolkas (Australian, literary fiction)
- ‘The Inland Sea’ by Madeleine Watts (Australian, literary fiction)
The highlights included my foray into the Greek islands of the 1950s thanks to a string of books, true and imagined, about Charmian Clift and George Johnston, the Australian ex-pat writers from the 1950s. These included Clift’s two memoirs, a novel by Polly Samson and another novel by Susan Johnson. (My Greek adventure also included Christos Tsiolksas’ bold and daring novel Dead Europe. )
I also loved, loved, loved Peter Goldsworthy’s Maestro, a masterpiece of a novella set in tropical Darwin, was rather mesmerized by Robbie Arnott’s wholly original The Rain Heron, enjoyed a spot of rural policing with Garry Disher’s Peace and Consolation, felt my heart break with the bittersweet loneliness depicted in Gerbrand Bakker’s The Twin, laughed (and cried) at Candice Carty-Williams’ Queenie and nailed my colours to the mast by naming Like Mother my favourite book of the year… so far.
What a great winter of reading it has been!
Did you take part in #20BooksOfSummer? How did you do? Care to share your favourite read of the summer (or winter)?