The Hotlist

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A collection of books you will love to read.

 

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Homo Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

Yuval Noah Harari’s first book, Sapiens, is a journey throughout the history of human kind, and a fascinating, engaging count of the cognitive, agricultural, and scientific revolutions that have made humanity what it is today. A terrific place to start for those looking to understand how our current world came to be, Sapiens is a captivating must read for our entire and only species, and will appeal to even the most hesitant readers – you won’t be able to put it down!

  

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Work, Strife, Balance by Mia Freedman

Love her or hate her, Mia Freedman dishes up the goods in her new book Work, Strife, Balance.

In this no holds barred recount Mia talks about her rise as the youngest editor of Cosmopolitan magazine at the age of 24 and a soul destroying foray into executive television which eventually led to the rise of her Mamamia blog and media company.  

Asking the question 'can we have it all?' Mia opens up about the struggles she has dealt with personally and professionally in her roles as a daughter, wife, mother and career woman. The bonus chapter written by her 19 year old son Luca “What was it like growing up with Mia Freedman as my Mother?” is a highlight. He candidly talks about dealing with the fallout from a feminist mother who speaks her mind, role reversals in their mother/child relationship, her direct line in talking about puberty and growing up and the immense love and respect they have for each other now he is an adult.

Work, Strife, Balance covers a myriad of topics and issues that faces the modern woman. It is entertaining, honest, sometimes annoying and self-indulgent; but if you’re writing a book about yourself it’s bound to be. An enjoyable read.

Review by: Katya Stephens, Library staff member

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Man Booker International Prize Winner - David Grossman 

The Man Booker International Prize - awarded annually to the best single work of fiction, translated into English, was this year won by internationally acclaimed author David Grossman, for his novel 'A Horse Walks into a Bar'.

The setting is a comedy club in a small Israeli town. An audience that has come expecting an evening of amusement instead sees a comedian falling apart on stage; an act of disintegration, a man crumbling before their eyes as a matter of choice. They could get up and leave, or boo and whistle and drive him from the stage, if they were not so drawn to glimpse his personal hell.

Dovale Gee, a veteran stand-up comic – charming, erratic, repellent – exposes a wound he has been living with for years: a fateful and gruesome choice he had to make between the two people who were dearest to him. The stand up act becomes a kind of memoir, taking us back into the terrors of his childhood: we meet his beautiful flower of a mother, a Holocaust survivor in need of constant monitoring, and his punishing father, a striver who had little understanding of his creative son.

A compelling novel and one that will be difficult to put down.

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Naomi Alderman Wins The Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction for her Novel The Power.

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction — one of the biggest international celebrations of women’s creativity — is the UK’s only annual book award for fiction celebrating excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing throughout the world.

'The Power' is a feminist science fiction novel which follows four main characters as they pick their way across a changed world in which all women have developed the power to electrocute people at will. The novel explores what would happen if women had the power to cause pain and destruction.

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Jewel in the North by Tricia Stringer

This year's Salisbury Writers Festival guest, brings us a compelling finish to the historical saga. I read Jewel in the North without knowing it was the last title in the historical Flinders Ranges saga. What I loved about reading it, was you didn't need to read the previous book to follow the story.

The Story is set during the late 1800’s in the Flinders Ranges, mainly around Hawker. It is about two families – The Wiltshires and the Bakers as they brave the harsh conditions of the land during early settlement. This is a story of love, jealousy, drought, flood, the land and all the hardships of these times. Tricia Stringer also touches on the stolen generation, the outbreak of the Boer War and the rabbit proof fence.

Usually I don’t read historical sagas but this was an enjoyable read. It gave me an insight to outback Australia and what it would have been like during these times. Highly recommended!

Review by: Natalie Cooper, Library staff member

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