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.
WP Bookblog Listing
- Celestial Bodies (Jokha Alharthi 2010, translation by Marilyn Booth 2018) 29 September 2020The first book by an Omani woman to be translated into English. I have it from my Book-borrowing Club.
- The Beating Heart (Denise O'Hagan 2020) 26 September 2020A new book of poems from Ginninderra Press.
- NetFlix: Staged (Simon Evans 2020) 26 September 2020Michael Sheen, David Tennant and Simon Evans play unflattering versions of themselves in a Covid-times show about rehearsing for a West End production of Six Characters in Search of an Author. Most of happens on zoom and appears to be ad libbed. Samuel T Jackson makes a guest appearance. We watched all six half-hour episodes in a night, and enjoyed it a lot. […]
- Tenet (Christopher Nolan 2020) 24 September 2020I'm glad I saw this in a theatre. The sheer spectacle kept me engaged, and I would probably have turned it off on a small screen. Like Nolan's early movie The Prestige, it's an elaborate sleight of hand without much else to it, but this one has an enormous amount of cash on the screen, lots of noisy explosions and oodles of timey-wimey stuff. […]
- The Split Season 2 (Abi Norman 2020) 22 September 2020Marriages are splitting up or not all over the place. The second season of this show is as excellent as the first. There are no baddies. Well, there is one, played by the excellent Ben Bailey Smith.
- Celestial Bodies (Jokha Alharthi 2010, translation by Marilyn Booth 2018) 29 September 2020
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- Denise O’Hagan’s Beating Heart
- Robert Alter’s Psalms
- SWF 2020, Post 8
- Puerto Rico Strong comics
- Andrew Huntley’s Lyrical Ballast and From Tradition
- Proust Progress Report 13: La Prisonnière continue
- Lemire & Sorrentino’s Gideon Falls 4
- The Book Group and Cassandra Pybus’s Truganini
- Grace Karskens’ Colony
- SWF 2020, Post 7
- Ali Alizadeh’s Towards the End
- The Book Group and Hisham Matar’s In the Country of Men
- SWF 2020, Post 6
- Laurie Duggan’s Homer Street
- Proust Progress Report 12: Beginning La Prisonnière