A Hundred Small Lessons (the title is drawn from a Michael Ondaatje poem) explores notions of home, family, identity, creativity, ageing and our relationship with cities and the natural world.
This is the first in a series of posts I’m calling #libraryloot and they are discoveries from the collection of the library where I work. They are returns gleaned from stints on the Circ desk, shelving finds, recommended reads from customers, or freshly unpacked new books (best job ever). Actually, working in a library really is like working in a candy shop!
In December 1926, Agatha Christie, already a well-known novelist, starred in her own mystery when she ‘disappeared’ for 11 days without a word to her husband or six-year-old daughter. The discovery of her abandoned car near the edge of a cliff suggested suicide or murder and the case sparked a nationwide manhunt. Christie was eventually […]
When Robbi Neal and her family moved from Geelong to the remote Lockhart River Aboriginal community in Cape York to manage the local art centre, their plan was to stay for a year. One year turned into seven and during her stay, Neal (an artist, former Baptist pastor and welfare worker) listened to the […]
Eleanor Limprecht’s second novel (which follows her 2013 debut What Was Left) unfolds in Sydney in the early 1900s at a time when options for women were still very limited. It follows the life of dressmaker Rebecca Sinclair. Married at 19 to the seemingly charming Don, Rebecca sees marriage as an escape from impoverishment and […]