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October and November Meetings

Apologies for not posting for a while.

dark-emuDark Emu by Bruce Pascoe – October meeting at Sharon’s attended by Sharon, Ann, Lynette, Katie, Sandra and Heidi

This book was recommended to Sharon by Annie at the Turning Page.  It tells of an alternative Australian history based on primary sources – early settlers descriptions – showing that Australia was not Terra Nullius with backward peoples.

We all felt the book has an important message but was not particularly well written.  It is a message that should be taught in schools we thought.  For further reading try Black Seeds and/or Convincing Ground.

Dark Emu scored 3.75

janeharperthedryauscoverThe Dry by Jane Harper – November meeting at Gabrielle’s attended by Gabi, Sandra, Lynette, Sharon, Katie and Gabrielle.

This was chosen by Gabrielle because it took her out of her comfort zone and because it is Australian.

This book won the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger Award and the Victorian Premier’s Award for an Unpublished Manuscript.

We found it an easy read and a page-turner but thought there were just a few too many red herrings and unrealistic in parts – when the teacher was threatening to set fire to the whole valley with a lighter towards the end for instance.

Katie recommends Peter Temple for better, more real stories.

The Dry scored 3