Boys Will Be Boys by Clementine Ford is the follow up to her immensely successful and terrific Fight Like a Girl. Ford is an intelligent and courageous thinker who is also regularly subjected to a lot of the worst kind of online abuse I’ve seen. You’ll hear her read out some of those comments in the video below.
If you haven’t heard of Eddie Woo and have a half hour to spare, feel free to enjoy this episode of ABC’s Australian Story.
After her success with the wonderful Small Acts of Disappearance, Fiona Wright is back on the new release shelves with The World Was Whole. This is a Good Thing because Wright is a wonderful writer and I especially love how her work is concerned with “how all-consuming the engagement with the ordinary can be”. That quote from the New South Books website is spot on.
I have a question: am I the last person to find out about Matt Haig? Where was I hiding when Reasons To Stay Alive came out? Or his previous fiction for adults and children, for that matter. His latest book, Notes on a Nervous Planet, continues his examination of the important topic of self-care and mental health in this day and age. You can see him talk more about that below.
Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe came out in 2014 and its resonance continues, garnering awards, reprints and respect. Why? If you haven’t heard of it yet, Pascoe’s years of groundbreaking research challenged accepted western categorisation of Aboriginal Australians as hunter-gatherers. Dark Emu is the book about what he discovered: they were farmers.