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April 15, 2021

Book reviews: Echo drudges recommend

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Mick breathed in but his Cronulla Sharks football jersey struggled to contain his well-insulated six-pack and he held up his hand as he approached Bazza in the front bar of the Top Pub.

jitterbug-perfume1 Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins

A wondrous and magical tale with an exotic cast of charming characters… Tom Robbins does not fail to intrigue and delight with an epic story that disregards the laws of space and time. In the relentless search for immortality (and perfume), this journey takes the reader far and wide, from pre-Christian Bohemia, to contemporary New Orleans; from kings to serfs, to star-crossed lovers and a sizzilingly sexual Pan. This irreverant contemporary fantasy is crude, funny and philosophical… Robbins at his absolute best.
~ Melanie


Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl – great holiday read by Gillian Flynn. It’s a bit of a mind-bending thriller and gets you from the start with its changing husband/wife POV. Like The Collector, except no-one is in the basement. Not quite as creepy but disturbing nonetheless! ~ Mandy


Author China Miéville

China Miéville writes fantasy/SF and, unlike most genre authors, doesn’t write the same book several times (he is on record as disliking the works of Tolkien). Try Embassytown (big idea SF), or Kraken (occult conspiracy theory), or Perdido Street Station (brilliantly unclassifiable). ~ David


Alphabetical Sydney by Hilary Bell 

Though we try to forget, a fair whack of us North Coasters are (like me, I’ll admit it) Sydney escapees. On my recent sojourn back to the big smoke to spend Chrissie, I stumbled upon the lovely children’s book, Alphabetical Sydney by Hilary Bell. Its gorgeous collaged pics served to soften my jaded view of the city and reminded me of the many little treasures that make the place special… cicada shells on jumper sleeves, corner delis, the riotous face of Luna Park. I recommend this book to any big kid who wants to remember the good sides of their Sydney upbringing. For young kids too, it’s a delight. ~ Rachel



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