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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- All Is True (Kenneth Branagh 2018) 21 May 2019This is the first time I've stayed for the credits of a film and wanted to blame each person named: sets, hair, costumes, music, writing (Ben Elton!), cinematography. I was evidently missing something because I saw almost nothing of interest. Oh, there's a moment when Kenneth Branagh as Shakespeare and Ian McKellen as the now aged subject of the so […]
- extinctions (Josephine Wilson 2018) 21 May 2019For the Book Group.
- Turn Up Charlie (Idris Elba & Charlie Reich 2019) 19 May 2019Idris Elba flexing his comedy muscles. 30 minutes episodes, and even the plot of confirmed bachelor DJ being nanny to a precocious 11 year old works.
- Shetland, Season 3 (David Kane, using Ann Cleeves characters 2018) 17 May 2019According to IMDB, this is season 5, but it's called season 3 in Australia. Douglas Henshall and the island landscapes are both enough to hold the eye. It looks as if the opening plot is going to last for a full six episodes, which seems a bit much,
- TV: Mum Season 1 (Stefan Golaszewski 2017) 15 May 2019A bleak portrait of a woman in grief surrounded by grotesquely insensitive relatives and a pathologically shy would-be suitor, this manages to be very funny. Leslie Manville and Peter Mullan are extraordinary as the two humans.
- All Is True (Kenneth Branagh 2018) 21 May 2019
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- Tricia Dearborn’s Autobiochemistry
- Richard James Allen’s Short Story of You and I
- Ruby Reads (9): Emus, tigers and ducks and love
- John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley and the Book Group
- SWF 2019 Sunday Part Two
- SWF 2019 Sunday, Part One
- Simon Griffin’s Fucking Apostrophes
- SWF 2019 Saturday
- SWF 2019: Friday
- Vale Les Murray
- Melissa Lucashenko’s Too Much Lip
- Deborah Levy’s Cost of Living
- Jennifer Maiden’s brookings
- Ruby Reads (8): Possum Magic
- Sebastian Smee’s Net Loss