This month’s recommended reads include the much-talked-about new debut novel by bestselling Priestdaddy author Patricia Lockwood, an incisive Australian young-adult story, a memoir of racism and resilience, and a heartfelt rock ‘n’ roll tale.
Kavita Bedford’s debut novel, set in Sydney’s Redfern, echoes Helen Garner’s 1977 classic Monkey Grip in the way it delivers a vivid, poetic generational snapshot, intimately anchored to its place and time.
This month’s recommended reading includes new books by Adelaide-born writer Murray Bail and The Trauma Cleaner author Sarah Krasnostein, a collection of short stories that reveal unspoken truths, and an entertaining novel based around an accidental email relationship.
Ahead of the opening of Writers’ Week, Jo Case recommends five sessions that promise to captivate and spark conversations about everything from pandemic fiction to politics.
Jo Case and her fellow booksellers have been feeding their reading addiction with everything from dark tales and crackling crime books to illuminating biographies and a new Australian novel that feels incredibly relevant to current concerns.
Bookseller Jo Case shares her top five books of the year – all of which happen to be Australian – and also recommends five other titles she loved almost as much.
While wrestling with the challenges of being a masked bookseller, Jo Case recommends some reads for fans of big stories, science, politics, music and comedy – including one book that eerily captures the feeling of this strange year.