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“I don’t know how other writers work, and I’m new to it, but definitely my responses to things that are going on in my life inform everything I do.”
- Dawn French on writing her new novel, Oh Dear Sylvia, The Sunday Times.

 

Dan French writes in response to what’s happening in her life. Photo via themirror.co.uk.

 

Top news this week is the subject of book banning. Krissy Kneen is an Australian writer of very erotic fiction, some would even say its pornographic.

That has always been enough to draw criticism and praise in equal measure for her bare all style, witness her own memoir, Affection.

Now her latest ...

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8 Comments

  • Reply October 26, 2012

    Laura Boon

    Hi Meredith, thank you for review The Cleaner of Chartres. Sally Vickers is one of my favourite authors and I didn’t know this book was available!

  • Reply October 26, 2012

    MoniqueN

    I loved ‘A Tiny bit Marvellous’ so I’ll definitely be picking up ‘Oh Dear Sylvia’

    I’ve just picked up ‘The Lake of Dreams’ by Kim Edwards… can’t wait to dive into it!

  • Reply October 26, 2012

    Michele

    I adored Room. For anyone who couldn’t go past the initial horror of the 12 x 12 room, that’s a shame. The story was uplifting and heart warming. The absolute love of a mother in horrifying circumstances was beautiful. The mother transformed her young son’s life into a journey of fun, beauty and a fascination for the world, as they knew it. Yes, it was sad and awful but the talent of the author Emma Donoghue, transformed the tale into one of love, hope and inspiration, with quite a few laughs along the way.

  • Reply October 26, 2012

    Loz

    Love Dawn French and shall look out for this one. What a wonderful thing for her to find a talent in writing after a fulfilling career in comedy.

  • Reply October 26, 2012

    anna

    love salley vickers and maggie alderson, good to know they each have a new book out!

  • Reply October 26, 2012

    Michele

    I recently finished Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver and whilst I enjoyed the book, I didn’t love it. When I heard that her new book was to be about climate change, I thought ‘whacko’ I can’t wait but I don’t think she quite pulls it off. Her previous book The Laguna was amazing, it dealt with racism, homosexuality, art and power, it was, what you would call a ‘big book’. Flight Behaviour is a much smaller story which is fine but the characters aren’t that well drawn, you want to get to know them but can’t. So you end up caring less for them than you might otherwise. There are so many fascinating elements in the this book, the eastern states area of the USA, evangelicalism, the poor and mainly badly educated, the role of the media and the moths themselves. The territory Barbara covers is fascinating and inspiring, climate change will effect us all, at every level but this book doesn’t challenge me to know more than what I already read daily in newspapers or in wonderful blogs like The Hoopla. It may sound silly but her last book, The Laguna, inspired me to look into Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Trotsky and the McCarthy era. OK you may say, well that is all pretty dam interesting but the topic of climate change should be that big and enticing as well. I think Barbara has rushed this book because she probably feels so strongly about the issue but it is not written with her same investigative passion as in her previous works. I look forward to hearing comments.

    • Reply October 27, 2012

      Meredith

      Michele that is such an interesting insight into Flight Behaviour. I’ve haven’t read all of it yet but I am really enjoying the writing and the characters and the way Kingsolver plays with concept of flight behaviour, applying it through imagery, metaphor and, of course, literally.
      Did you read The Poisonwood Bible by any chance? I’m interested to see how that fits into your critique. I haven’t, but this might be an springboard for debate for other readers too as there seem to be a few Kingsolver fans out there? Mxx

  • Reply October 27, 2012

    Amanda

    Love, love, love Barbara Kingsolver! I wait impatiently for each new release. her short stories and non fiction are wonderful too.

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