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Location: Hampshire, UK

PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 9:09 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

By the most amazing coincidence CB, I happen to be in Oz,   to receive notice of your posting. Thank you for the link to that obituary.
I hadn't intended to be here for a couple of months yet but then it was decided I should come out in early December and return in early February. So here I am. Among other things I have been able to catch up on recent Aussie writing with recommendations ( and presents!) from my niece and my sister-in-law, my daughter and my mum. A real family thing!
I have just finished a couple of accounts of people who have spent sometime working in the communities in the Northern Territory and North Western Queensland. Now reading Sly by Rick Feneley which the covers describes as 'a Huck Finn for the nineties' - OK may be not so recent but new to me. And Mum gave me The Dressmaker's Daughter by Kate Llewellyn, a memoir by an author who grew up in the same little town as I did. And that just might be my inflight book on the way back to the UK.
Ages since I have posted, I know, but nothing like a trip to Oz and visiting my family to re-ignite the reading fire! Very Happy



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KlaraZ



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, thank you for that! Her death doesn't seem to have been reported in the UK press at all.


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Jullou



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2011 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of my favourites is Richard Flanagan. The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Death of a River Guide and Gould's Book of Fishes are all different, and all brilliant. Any one of them is well worth a read. The Sound of One Hand Clapping had me weeping out loud (very unusual) and I think was also made into a movie some time ago. Death of a River Guide and Gould's are both more surreal.

I also second (or is it third) the post above for Henry Handel Richardson's "The Fortunes of Richard Mahoney'


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Hector



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm reading an Australian author at the moment, Patrick White's The Tree of Man. It's good. I also read Voss by the same author last year and that it was superb. I suspect I did a mini review somewhere.

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Hector


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2011 1:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And here it is Hector one post up  
http://bigreaders.myfastforum.org...7599.php&highlight=voss#17599


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2011 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Castorboy!

I can't believe it was a year ago that I read it. How time flies!

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Hector



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