Theft by Finding by David Sedaris

In brief: David Sedaris' diaries in all their glory. 'Nuff said. The good: It's raw, funny, crazy, quirky…all of the things. He's an astute observer who overhears and gets into the most random of scenarios…I love it all. The not-so-good: I can never get enough David Sedaris. Why I chose it: Thank you to Hachette... Continue Reading →

Greatest Hits by Laura Barnett

In brief: Today is the day that Cass Wheeler reflects on her career in music, choosing the 16 tracks that define her. It's a reflection on her life, the good, bad, painful and beautiful. The good: The emotion. The writing. The songs. Everything! The not-so-good: Cass's pain is tangible at times…I've never felt so much... Continue Reading →

The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor

In brief: After Maeve was bitten by a shark, she turned sharks into her career and passion. Now she's 30 and back home again. When she runs into her ex-fiancé's daughter on the beach, it brings up old memories. Old or new? Stay or go? The good: It's fun and quirky. The not-so-good: The ending... Continue Reading →

Dear Banjo by Sasha Wasley

In brief: Willow (aka "Banjo") and Tom were inseparable growing up. But one move on one day separated them perhaps forever, until Willow's return to the family station Paterson Downs. Now Willow confronts the letters Tom wrote her all those years ago – can they move on or should they move back? The good: Absolutely... Continue Reading →

The Rome Affair by Karen Swan

In brief: Cesca's moved from London to Rome to live a life free of hard decisions. But when she finds an expensive handbag thrown in the trash, the decision is easy – give it back to its owner. But on meeting the infamous Elena, she's drawn into her world…and her secrets. The good: It was... Continue Reading →

Lake Hill by Margareta Osborn

In brief: Julia's decided to change her life and forget the past. But she finds herself in the mountains instead of at the beach, reuniting with her first love. It could be good – until her past catches up with her. The good: Margareta Osborn's books are always warm and inviting. The not-so-good: I wish... Continue Reading →

The Walworth Beauty by Michele Roberts

In brief: A story across two time periods – Joseph, working as a researching for Henry Mayhew on the working class people of London; and Madeleine, a redundant lecturer who moves to Apricot Place to find the past lingering. The good: Michele Roberts' prose is beautiful. The not-so-good: Wasn't always convinced by Madeleine's feelings of... Continue Reading →

Angel’s Share by Kayte Nunn

In brief: Mattie has the job and life in London she thought she wanted until a freak accident destroys it all. Could coming home to Australia heal more than her physical wounds? The good: A lovely story with plenty to interest the reader. The not-so-good: I need to go back and read Rose's Vintage now!... Continue Reading →

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