For the last couple of years I’ve been keeping track of the gender statistics of my reading, and (surprise! surprise!) have realised I read many more books by men than by women. I’ve just discovered the Australian Women Writers’ Challenge and signed up for the Miles level of the challenge, which means I undertake to read six books by Australian women and review four of them (though as I normally review every book I read, defining ‘review’ very loosely, that’s not a big deal). The challenge webpage suggests that I tell you the six books I plan to read, but I’m going to leave it vague. The first one will probably be Favel Parrett’s Past the Shallows, but who knows what might happen before I pick it up.
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WP Bookblog Listing
- Netflix: Ida (Pawel Pawlikowski 2013) 10 August 2020A stunningly beautiful black and white film about a young woman who has been brought up by nuns. Days before she is about to make vows as a nun, she is sent off to spend some time with an aunt that she didn't know existed. The aunt reveals to her that she was born to Jewish parents and the rest of her family were killed during the Nazi occupation. They […]
- Roman J Israel Esq. (Dan Gilroy 2017) 8 August 2020Denzel Washington as a doggedly idealistic and completely uncool civil rights lawyer. Worth it just for his performance.
- The Casketeers Season 1 (Annabelle Lee-Harris 2018) 7 August 2020This looks like a mockumentary but apparently it's the real thing. It follows Maori funeral directors Francis and Kaiora Tipene and their staff as they go about their work.I had to check, and found that Tipene Funerals really does exist in Auckland. The Tipenes don't mind making themselves look silly, yet they manage to treat the deceased with resp […]
- The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (Chiwetel Ejiofor 2019) 7 August 2020A wonderful film written and directed by the star of Twelve Years a Slave, set in Malawi, about a young boy who persists with what he learns at in the school library to save his village from disaster.
- The Devil's Playground (Fred Schepisi 1976) 4 August 2020I have no idea what anyone else will make of the film, but it captures an era in Catholicism in Australia, and an experience of it that is very close to my own. So of course I want to argue with it some of the time, but at others can barely believe my eyes, and especially ears. I love it.
- Netflix: Ida (Pawel Pawlikowski 2013) 10 August 2020
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- The Falls, Johns River
- Tara June Winch’s Yield
- William Gibson’s Agency
- These socks were made for walking
- SWF 2020, Post 5
- Ellen van Neerven’s Throat
- Proust Progress Report 11: Luminous something of the inner life
- AndAlso Books, All We Could Do
- Ellen van Neerven’s Comfort Food
- SWF 2020, Post 4
- Margaret Simons’s Cry Me a River
- Mirandi Riwoe’s Stone Sky Gold Mountain
- SWF 2020, Post 3
- My Brilliant Friend at the Book Group
- Lisa Gorton’s Empirical