So many good books this year and so many I have enjoyed but my favourites include:
FICTION: Autumn Laing is Alex Miller at his best. Inspired by the lives of Sunday Reed and Sidney Nolan, it is a very Australian novel and eminently readable. IQ84 by one of my favourite authors, Haruki Murakami, is a masterpiece of contemporary fiction. Clever, quirky and utterly engaging. It is probably my pick of the year. I loved Nightwoods by Charles Frazier – think Annie Proulx, even Cormac Mccarhy, with sweetener. Last, but not least, I found Kate Grenville’s Sarah Thornhill a very satisfying final book in the trilogy which began with The Secret River.
NON-FICTION: I thoroughly enjoyed Annie Proulx’s quirky memoir, Bird Cloud and more recently, Joan Didion’s very personal and beautifully written account of the life and tragic death of herdaughter – Blue Lights.
ART: The book which I have REALLY loved and keep looking at is a new monograph on artist William Robinson, The Transfigured Landscape , with excellent essays from contributors including Deborah Hart and David Malouf. Beautiful colour plates and lots of them!
Happy reading to you all.