Saturday, November 10, 2018

Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton - Book Review


Boy Swallows Universe is an ode to 1980s suburban Australia and a coming of age story told through the eyes of a teenage boy.

Some are touting this book, published by Harper Collins Australia, as the best Australian fiction in years.

The story will at once be familiar to anyone who grew up in the 80s with references to such delights as mullet haircuts, stubbie shorts, Dunlop volleys, Malvern Star bicycles, Pasito soft drink and Atari video games.

It also has a dark underbelly, set against the backdrop of drugs, violence and crime.

Main character and narrator Eli Bell has drug-addict-turned-drug-dealer parents, a convicted murderer for a babysitter and comes into regular contact with a cast of druglords.

Author Trent Dalton explores the intersection between good and bad – at what point does a person decide to be bad instead of good?

After reading this book I was intrigued to learn it is semi-autobiographical, loosely based on the author’s own family relationships and parental influences but with an imagined plot.

You might like this book if you enjoyed Puberty Blues, Jasper Jones, anything by Tim Winton and the recent slew of 80s Australian biopics such as Hoges.

Happy reading! 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Normal People by Sally Rooney - Book Review


Normal People by Sally Rooney will be one of this year's best loved books. It's on the Man Booker Longlist for 2018 and is my favourite of the eight contenders I have read so far.

Normal People is a coming of age story about Marianne and Connell who can't quite seem to get it together. Sally Rooney recreates the angst, insecurities and social dilemmas of young adulthood - remember those days? (If you don't this book will bring them rushing back.)

Normal People reminds me of One Day by David Nicholls with a dash of Curtis Sittenfeld's Prep and Tom Wolfe's I am Charlotte Simmons mixed in.

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

The Shepherd's Hut by Tim Winton - Book Review



I didn’t realise how much I would enjoy The Shepherd's Hut by Tim Winton. I thought it might play out slowly but it was a surprisingly exciting read.

Teenager Jaxie Clackton has been dealt a tough hand in life and unexpected events see him venture into the Australian bush. He’s pretty rough around the edges but endears himself to the reader as his strength and depth of character are revealed.

There is a certain quality shared by good Australian fiction that brings the natural environment to life in a way that engages all of the senses. I place this alongside my other favourite Winton reads, Dirt Music and Breath.

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