Making Laws for Clouds by Nick Earls

Nick Earls (who I think of as Australia’s Nick Hornby) branches into YA fiction with Making Laws for Clouds.

It’s a simple story set over one hot summer. Eighteen-year-old Kane meets new-girl-in-town, Tanika Bell.

She looks like Kylie Minogue to me, or as good as you get round here. Kylie Minogue from around the time of ‘Locomotion’, but with much more original teeth.

Although he has Tanika on his mind, Kane is also managing his job (he’s in charge of road verges in the local council maintenance crew) and his family. Kane’s father left years ago and his mother has ‘bad days’ (not helped by large quantities of rum). Continue reading

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Top Ten Sports Novels

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In honour of what’s roughly two solid weeks of sitting on my arse watching sport, I thought it would be appropriate to list my favourite novels about sport.

I don’t read lots of sports books but felt confident that I could find novels that were of slightly higher quality than this. So, some that I have read and some that are still in the TBR stack –

01. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach – not only the greatest sports novel but one of the best books I’ve ever read. Continue reading

Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts

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1. Last Sunday morning I woke my children up at 3.45am so that we could head into the city for White Night. It was worth it.

2. Especially because they went to bed really, really early on Sunday night, leaving me to watch War & Peace in peace…

3. If someone handed me $2530.80 today and said “You absolutely must spend $2530.80 on a handbag right now”, I’d buy this clutch from Edie Parker. Never have I known such deep bag lust as this. Continue reading

Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts

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1. Did you have hot plans for Valentine’s Day? I did. Literally. My whole family went to the World Cup Cricket match between Australia and England, along with 90,000 others. We baked in the hot sun. Baked. Swear to God I sweated away five kilos.

2. How brilliant is this story about a book group?

3. I think I’ve mentioned that Nick Hornby and I are on thin ice. This might pull him back to safe ground – he’s writing the screenplay for Love, Nina by Nina Stibbe. Continue reading

Seems I missed that one…

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Top 10 Tuesday (this week I’ve done a bad-ass top 15) is a weekly feature created and hosted by The Broke & the Bookish and featuring a different book-related theme each week. I was a bit of a TTT-slacker last year, even though I generally love a list. Anyways, this week’s topic is ‘2014 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To’. Continue reading