We're 19 days into Australia & New Zealand Literature Month and I'm conscious of the fact that I haven't written any round-up posts. How slack of me! Things have been, well, busy... and if I can let you in on a little secret, I was away for the first week of May, and I'm still playing catch-up. But if you've missed any of the action, here's a summary of what's happened so far...
I've read and reviewed a diverse range of literature over the past fortnight and a bit — an historical crime novel set in Iceland, a police procedural set on the West Australian coast, a collection of short stories, a memoir by a woman raising an autistic child, a first-class literary page turner from New Zealand and a striking debut set in Sydney. They've all been pretty fabulous.
You can read my thoughts on each book by simply clicking on the cover images below.
Triple Choice Tuesday
To inspire you to dig out and read a book from Australia or New Zealand, I've listed lots of suggestions as follows:
And don't forget the shortlist for the Miles Franklin Literary Award has been announced, and there's plenty of outstanding reading on that — alhough you might have to import some of the titles from Australia because they're not all available in the UK or US just yet.
Huge thanks to those of you who have actively taken part and reviewed books on your own blogs or Good Read accounts, left comments on Facebook or Tweeted about the month using the hashtag #ANZLitMonth — it's great to have you all involved and spreading the word about books from the antipodes that might not otherwise get a look-in.
To add a link to your own review or to see what others have reviewed, click here and scroll to the bottom of the page. There's quite a diverse mix already there, but it would be great to have lots more!
In the meantime, keep reading and talking about Australia & New Zealand literature! And stay tuned for more excitement on this blog over the next two weeks...