Australian Women Writers Challenge 2013 Wrap-up

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Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Oi, oi, oi! I enjoy the Australian Women Writers Challenge – it goes a little way to addressing the gender bias in literary review pages, plus I try to buy my AWW titles from an independent book shop (doing my bit for the Australian publishing industry and independent booksellers).

I signed up for the Miles challenge (read 6 books, review at least 4) but managed to complete the Franklin level (read 10 books, review at least 6). Continue reading

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‘I Came to Say Goodbye’ by Caroline Overington

I Came to Say Goodbye by Caroline Overington is a work of fiction however there are so many elements of the story that are chillingly familiar that you could well be reading a true crime book. The jacket blurb does enough to reel you in –

“It was four o’clock in the morning. A young woman pushed through the hospital doors. Staff would later say they thought the woman was a new mother, returning to her child – and in a way, she was. She walked into the nursery, where a baby girl lay sleeping. The infant didn’t wake when the woman placed her gently in the shopping bag she had brought with her. There is CCTV footage of what happened next, and most Australians would have seen it, either on the internet or the news… That is where the footage ends. It isn’t where the story ends, however. It’s not even where the story starts.”

I have some flimsy reasons for picking this book up, the main one being that it filled in the letter O on my alphabetical list of authors (I’m glad Overington got to profit from my OCD tendencies). However, it also counts toward the Australian Women Writers 2013 challenge and was in my TBR stack. Lastly, and perhaps most enticingly, it reminded me a bit of the Kelli Lane story. I’m not into true crime but the Kelli Lane story haunts me. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday – ABC….My Alphabetical Author List Has Some Gaps

You’re going to think I’m weird. A little obsessive-compulsive. But since I finally got around to organising all my book reviews into a handy list, ordered alphabetically by author, there’s something that has been really bugging me. The gaps.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new ‘top ten’ challenge is posted – this week’s topic is a freebie so I’ve decided to list some authors that I MUST read so that my alphabetical list has at least one author for each letter of the alphabet. At this point, some of you will totally understand this need for completeness. Others will think I’m a total nut.

So, the letters missing authors are (in alphabetical order of course): Continue reading