Sami Shah comedian and author will be participating in the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival at the end of the month. In Sami’s debut book I, Migrant A Comedians Journey From Karachi to the Outback (Allen & Unwin) (p.94) Sami remarks ” You can tell everything about a person by the books they read.” What are you currently reading?
I’m reading The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides and enjoying it so far.
The title is familiar…how old is this one Tracey?
Recently, I’ve felt inspired to revisit some favourite authors. I’ve just finished Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice and have started With My Body by Nikki Gemmell. Although the latter is a bit shocking in places, Gemmell’s prose is, as always, beautiful.
I am not familiar with the Gemmell Kathryn – what genre is this one?
Literary Fiction. Gemmell is an Australian author of Literary fiction and erotica, I think her most famous novel is the Bride Stripped Bare. I’ve been reading her books for most of my adult life, when I was about 17 or 18, there was a huge controversy here in Adelaide where someone tried to get her novel Cleave banned from South Australian libraries and I decided to find a copy just to see what all the fuss was about. Anyway, long story short, I loved her beautiful prose and I have read most of her books in the years that followed. One of her early novels, Shiver is a great read, it is about a young woman who goes on an expedition to Antarctica.
I have read The Bride Stripped Bare – quite a few years – in a book club.
Lovely ‘photo, Carol! I’m finishing up Seán Haldane’s The Devil’s Making right now.
Will we see a “spotlight” on this one Margot? ( another author I havent come across before) so many books….
Yes, indeed, Carol. A spotlight on this one is coming up soon!
Actually dread to think what my current reading says about me, but it’s a riveting read, so I won’t be ashamed! It’s ‘The Woman who Fed the Dogs’ by Kristien Hemmerechts, about the woman who was ex-wife and accomplice of Belgian serial killer and sociopath Marc Dutroux. Almost unbearable psychological insight (it’s fiction, though, not true crime).
WOW! Now that does sound interesting – but glad it is fiction Marina Sophia
Well, the two people are real, but the author imagines the rest.
Have you read One Of Us -Asne Seirstad – about the massacre in Norway? I havent as yet, my husband has read it and said it was excellent, as did the owner of our local bookshop who recommended it in the first instance…it is sitting on one of my TBR piles…I will get to it eventually
I’ll keep an eye out for it – that was such a horrific event.
It was horrific but the narrative is about many things- according to the blurb “community versus isolation, love versus bigotry, ..and a powerful memorial to those who lost their lives.” It will be an interesting read though undoubtedly uncomfortable at times. I must it read soon.
I’m currently reading You by Zoran Drvenkar – 500 pages written in the second person present tense. Hmm… oddly it’s pretty good so far, though I still don’t really know what it’s about. A bunch of teeenagers and a dead body…
mmmmm….500 pages……you will have to let me know how this one works out