#AWW2016 Review – Flywheel by Erin Gough

  I first heard of The Flywheel at the Tamar Valley Writers Festival earlier this year. Author Erin Gough spoke about her experiences discovering her sexuality as a teenager. Attending an all girls school she had never ever heard of anyone who was gay - it wasn't mentioned at school - there was not even any teasing, … Continue reading #AWW2016 Review – Flywheel by Erin Gough

#AWW2016 Review – A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald by Natasha Lester #kissfitz

I've been a follower of Natasha Lester's blog for some time now - she always has fantastic information for writers - even before I'd read any of her novels! I think I fell in love with 'A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald' from the moment I first read about it, and I certainly was not disappointed. 'A … Continue reading #AWW2016 Review – A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald by Natasha Lester #kissfitz

#AWW2016 Review – Mullumbimby by Melissa Lucashenko

  "Circles protect you, if you let them, girl. But you gotta let 'em. Gotta not get in their way." After a divorce, Jo has enough cash to go halves in 20 acres of land with her brother, land that is located in the valley where her Indigenous ancestors once lived. She sets about rebuilding her … Continue reading #AWW2016 Review – Mullumbimby by Melissa Lucashenko

#AWW2016 Review -‘Meet Marly’ and ‘Marly’s Business’ by Alice Pung

I'm reviewing something a little different this week. Meet Marly, and Marly's Business, by Alice Pung, are middle-grade fiction (actually, I noticed on the publisher's website they are listed as 'historical' fiction - hmm... I realise 1983 was in the past, but 'historical'? I was around in 1983... makes me feel ancient!) These two books are … Continue reading #AWW2016 Review -‘Meet Marly’ and ‘Marly’s Business’ by Alice Pung

#AWW2016 Review – Bantam by Terry Whitebeach

Mick is an 18 year old Indigenous man living in the small town of Bantam. He’s just moved out of home and is struggling to find work, a decent place to live, and a girlfriend. I've never read anything quite like this book. Written for those “whose reading skills are dodgy, or even absent, but … Continue reading #AWW2016 Review – Bantam by Terry Whitebeach

#AWW2016 Review – My Year Without Matches – Claire Dunn

So I've fallen in love with this book, and the adventure behind it. It's a memoir; Claire's experiences living in the bush for 12 months in a wilderness survival program. With her tribe of 5 others (also taking part in the program) as well as organisers Kate and Sam, and a variety of other 'elders' … Continue reading #AWW2016 Review – My Year Without Matches – Claire Dunn

#AWW2016 Review – Heat and Light by Ellen van Neerven

I got to hear Ellen van Neerven speak about her book, as well as many other issues faced by Indigenous people today, at the Tamar Valley Writers Festival just a few weeks ago. Though Ellen's book, 'Heat and Light', is presented as a collection of short stories, she said many people see it as a … Continue reading #AWW2016 Review – Heat and Light by Ellen van Neerven

#AWW2016 Review: Purple Threads by Jeanine Leane

   "I couldn't tell them I wanted to be white then. But if I was white I'd see myself everywhere. In the classroom, when I opened up a book or looked at a picture. In the crowded playground, laughing, skipping and jumping between elastics. Down the main street in town. Or on the movie screen. … Continue reading #AWW2016 Review: Purple Threads by Jeanine Leane

#aww2016 Tangara by Nan Chauncy

  If you're a 'liker' of my Facebook Page, you would have seen the post last month about discovering 'Tangara' by Nan Chauncy in a box of books my grandmother gave me. I posted at the time: So my grandmother was clearing out some books and gave me two boxes full! In amongst the treasures … Continue reading #aww2016 Tangara by Nan Chauncy

#aww2016 Book Review – The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina

  This is my first book review for the Australian Women Writers Challenge 2016. I recently discovered The Tribe series by Ambelin Kwaymullina, starting with The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf. What a brilliant story! It reminded me of Isobelle Carmody's Obernewtyn (another favourite of mine). Set in a post-apocalyptic world a young girl with special powers has to … Continue reading #aww2016 Book Review – The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina