Review round-up: Australian women writers – Non-fiction

Review round-up: Australian women writers – Non-fiction

To kick-off #AWW2012, I thought I’d post a list of reviews we’ve previously posted for books written by Australian women. I’ve included a short except from each review to give you an idea of what we thought of each book.

If you’re on Twitter, I’ll also be retweeting links to these reviews because, in the era of e-publishing, there’s no reason why you can’t grab a copy of their books and try them yourself! Click here for a full list of our #AWW2012 reviews.

Watching the Detectives by Deborah Locke

I read this book in a day and couldn’t put it down, but this was due to the subject matter. My biggest complaint about the book is that the structure was a bit of a mess. I didn’t think the transitions between personal life and police life were done very well, and the sequencing of events was just serviceable.

Foreign Correspondence: A Pen Pal’s Journey from Down Under to All Over by Geraldine Brooks (Random House Australia)

Foreign Correspondence: A Pen Pal’s Journey from Down Under to All Over by Geraldine Brooks (US edition)

Foreign Correspondence: A Pen Pal’s Journey from Down Under to All Over by Geraldine Brooks

I thought this book was lovely, even if at times a bit sad, and would recommend this for an armchair read for someone looking for a little bit of recent history and adventure, not just from out in the wide world but also from their own backyards.

Swept: Love with a Chance of Drowning by Torre DeRocheSwept: Love with a Chance of Drowning by Torre DeRoche

La Roche took me on a journey not just around the world but in overcoming her fears, and I couldn’t help but cheer for her as I went along for the ride. This book is for anyone with a sense of adventure, whether you’re an armchair traveller or someone who wants to see more of the world. I also think this is an adventure that romance readers would enjoy.

Affection by Krissy Kneen - C format

Affection by Krissy Kneen - B formatAffection: a memoir of love, sex and intimacy by Krissy Kneen

This book is, at times, almost unbearably honest. And yet Kneen’s lyricism dulls the edge off some of the darkest parts of the book: depression, attempted suicide, homelessness. It’s not that these events are less shocking when they happen; it’s that Kneen introduces them so gently that we’re smack in the middle of these bleaker memories before we realise where she’s taken us. Sometimes you find a book impossible to put down, not because of what it says about the world, but because of what it knows about youAffection is that kind of book.

Anonymums by Anonymous

Anonymums by Anonymous

A stocking filler for any mum struggling to remember who she was before she had kids or who one day realises she has a brand preference for cleaning sponges. This book reveals some of our unspoken insecurities and fears with charm, wit and honesty.

How Now Brown Frau by Merridy Eastman

How Now Brown Frau by Merridy Eastman

If you like funny, heartfelt memoirs, this one is for you. I cheered with Eastman through every adventure. She seems to have lived out her dream—successful career, great guy and a lovely family—and it’s always lovely to see that come true for someone.

3 comments

  1. Kat says:

    Oh, I did love that book, not so much for the dares but for the reflections on what it means to be married with kids. It’s honest but it a gentle way. Let me know how you go!

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