Just a quick note about three great new books; one fiction, one crime fiction and one non-fiction. Ove is a curmudgeonly old man but behind his gruff exterior lies a story and sadness. Things change when a young family move next door, an unkempt cat arrives and Ove’s best endeavours are continually interrupted. What starts as an amusing little novel stay amusing but also becomes a moving story of friendship, love and community. ‘A Man Called Ove’ is from Swedish author Fredrik Backman.
‘Wayfaring Stranger’ is the just published crime novel from James Lee Burke of whom The Daily Express reviewer wrote, ‘A fantastic novelist….so far above prevailing standards of crime fiction that it is pointless to make the comparison.’ Burke certainly writes with depth and intelligence while unveiling the seedier side of America. We currently have this fine book as one of our ‘20% off’ titles!
Also just published is ‘Tony Windsor The Biography’ which of course covers the tumultuous years of Julia Gillard’s Prime Ministership when Windsor supported her minority government. But it also reveals the early years of his life, his years as a national Party member and how he gave a voice to rural and regional Australians. Not everyone likes Tony Windsor but very few do not view him as a principled and decent man. This book, along with Rob Oakeshott’s ‘The Independent Member for Lynne’ gives fascinating insights on the workings of our national parliament.