I introduced Mr R to the delights of the Yum Yum Cafe yesterday afternoon. In the course of conversation about books I mentioned Wollongong Library stores my past borrowings. Lately these have been:
- The lost and forgotten languages of Shanghai fascinating
- Ninth square ordinary
- Back to Bologna very funny – Aurelio Zen mystery.
- The invention of the Jewish people provocative, important, fascinating, challenging
- Two sons in a war zone : Afghanistan : the true story of a father’s conflict for its content rather than style
- A taste for death P D James. What can you say?
- God of speed Oz writer Luke Davies on Howard Hughes – very good novel.
- Blood moon by Gary Disher – Oz crime fiction. Good plot, sometimes a bit heavy-handed politically.
- The lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot : a new look at betrayer and betrayed – scholarly
- Devil’s peak by Deon Meyer – excellent South African crime fiction which also gives quite an insight into the country now.
- White riot – excellent British thriller – very topical, in retrospect.
- When pigeons fly to nowhere “ Stefan Raicu was born and educated in communist Romania. As a teenager and young adult, he experienced the hardship of life behind the Iron Curtain. He completed an Economics Honours degree in 1978 and then together with his wife and young son, migrated to Australia in 1983. He currently works as a freelance Accountant, Finance and Business Adviser in south-western Sydney.”
- Rattle his bones : a Daisy Dalrymple mystery amusing
- Around Africa on my bicycle – Riaan Manser – good, but I didn’t finish it!
- The Atlantic Ocean : essays on Britain and America by Andrew O’Hagen – this is a wonderful collection of essays.
- A case of two cities – Qiu Xiaolong — Excellent!
Currently I have out:
- Tibet : a history “by Sam Van Schaik is a timely and insightful history of Tibet spanning from the seventh century to modern times. Here the author discusses how Tibet is perceived, illustrating the competing political narratives that obfuscate our understanding of the country. An antidote to this confusion, he argues, is a greater comprehension of Tibet’s rich and complex history.” Yale UP.
- Trader of secrets : a Paul Madriani novel – reading now and am agreeing with that reviewer. Not very good!
- The children’s writer by Gary Crew. Interesting, and I may blog about it later.
- Death of a wine merchant
- The great Australian novel – a panorama – French take on the Australian novel. Preface by Nicholas Jose.
- 1835 : the founding of Melbourne & the conquest of Australia reviewed there by Malcolm Turnbull! Looking forward to this.
- Surface detail – Iain Banks.
Image: John Burtt, ‘Batman’s Treaty with the Aborigines at Merri Creek, 6th June 1835’, c.1875.