It’s Monday! What Are You Watching? #SundayPost #SundaySalon

 

Linking to: It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? at BookDate; Sunday Post @ Caffeinated Reviewer; and the Sunday Salon @ ReaderBuzz

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Life…

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I’m late posting this week as I was making a desperate bid to catch up with writing and publishing reviews. Better late than never I guess.

After a snap lockdown implemented for my town this past week, a shock change in state leadership has meant that NSW has now blithely scrapped a bunch of Covid precautions, just as my region has recorded its first cases of the entire pandemic. One selfish freedumb idiot who traveled here from Sydney while infected has led to over 26 confirmed cases so far though the number is suspected to be higher as several of those have since been unwittingly active in the community, but the new premier is unconcerned and it’s infuriating!

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

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The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik

Larrimah by Caroline Graham & Kylie Stevenson

The Woman The Could Not Silence by Kate Moore

The River Mouth by Karen Herbert

Treasure & Dirt by Chris Hammer

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New Posts…

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Review: Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty

Review: The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik

Review: Larrimah by Caroline Graham & Kylie Stevenson

Review: The Woman The Could Not Silence by Kate Moore

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 


The Marjorie Marshall Memorial Cafeteria has been serving refreshments and raising money at the hospital for over fifty years, long after anybody can remember who Marjorie Marshall actually was. Staffed by successive generations of dedicated volunteers, the beloved cafeteria is known as much for offering a kind word and sympathetic ear (and often unsolicited life advice) as for its tea and buns.

Stalwart Hilary has worked her way up through the ranks to Manageress; Joy has been late every day since she started as the cafeteria’s newest recruit. She doesn’t take her role as ‘the intern’ quite as seriously as Hilary would like but there’s no doubt she brings a welcome pop of personality. Seventeen-year-old Chloe, the daughter of two successful surgeons, is volunteering during the school holidays because her mother thinks it will look good on her CV.

Chloe is at first bewildered by the two older women but soon realises they have a lot in common, not least that each bears a secret pain. When they discover the cafeteria is under threat of closure, this unlikely trio must band together to save it.

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I used to think that I’d escaped Southport . . .

Now I realised, Southport had been coming for me all this time.

Erin Sloane was sixteen when high school senior Andre Villiers was murdered by his friends. They were her friends, too, led by the intense, charismatic Ricky Hell. Five people went into West Cypress Road Woods the night Andre was murdered. Only three came out.

Ativan, alcohol and distance had dimmed Erin’s memories of that time. But nearly twenty years later, an ageing father will bring her home. Now a journalist, she is asked to write a story about the Southport Three and the thrill-kill murder that mesmerised the country. Erin’s investigation propels her closer and closer to a terrifying truth. And closer and closer to danger.

An unforgettable story of murder, trauma and childhoods lost, I SHOT THE DEVIL is a taut, page-turning debut novel from an electrifying new talent.

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Who will find you when you lose your place in the world?

Full of practical wisdom, this heart-warming novel from a bestselling author celebrates finding help where you least expect it as well as the ties between women that can change – and save – lives.

Eve has been a partner in a Wallaby Bay fishing fleet as long as she can remember. Now they want her to sell – but what would her life be without work? She lives alone, her role on the town committee has been spiked by malicious gossip and she is incapacitated after surgery. For the first time in her life she feels weak, vulnerable – old.

When her troubled god-daughter Julia arrives at Wallaby Bay, she seems to offer Eve a reprieve from her own concerns. But there is no such thing as plain sailing. Eve has another house guest, the abrasive Lucy, who is helping her recuperate and does not look kindly on Julia’s desire for Eve’s attention.

But Lucy, too, has demons to battle and as each woman struggles to overcome their loss of place in the world, they start to realise that there may be more that holds them together, than keeps them apart.

But will these birds of feather truly be able to reinvent what family means? Or will the secrets and hurts of the past shatter their precarious hold on their new lives … and each other?

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In his mid-twenties, Jimmy was bored, boring, unfulfilled and underachieving. He wasn’t exactly depressed, but he was very sad. Think of a baby owl whose mum has recently died in a windmill accident. He was that sad. This book tells the story of how Jimmy turned it around and got happy, through the redemptive power of dick jokes.

Written to take advantage of the brief window between the end of lockdown and Jimmy getting cancelled for saying something unforgivable to Lorraine Kelly, this book is as timely as it is unnecessary.

Because you might be interested in Jimmy’s life but he’s damn sure you’re a lot more interested in your own, Before & Laughter is about both of you. But mainly him. It tells the story of Jimmy’s life – the transformation from white-collar corporate drone to fake-toothed donkey-laugh plastic-haired comedy mannequin – while also explaining how to turn your own life around and become the you you’ve always dreamt of being. At just 20, it’s cheaper than Scientology, quicker than therapy, and significantly less boring than church.

Before & Laughter contains the answers to all the big questions in life, questions like:

What’s the secret to happiness?

Is Jimmy wearing a wig?

What happened with that tax thing?

What’s the meaning of life?

Is Jimmy’s laugh real?

Can those teeth bite through vibranium?

And for readers in the West Country: yes, there are pictures (actually, sorry, there are no pictures, but there’s a book about a hungry caterpillar you’ll love).

Because it’s Jimmy Carr – recently scientifically proved to be the funniest comedian in the UK – there are jokes, jokes and more jokes throughout. If laughter really was the best medicine, the NHS would be handing out this book in Nightingale Hospitals.

Fascinating, thoughtful and insightful – are all words that appear in the book

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20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Oct 11, 2021 @ 21:59:41

    It’s terribly frustrating to have our health and the health of those we love dependent on people who don’t seem to consider others. I’m sorry to hear that you have people like that there, too.

    Light mysteries and comedy always seem to help me during these rough times. I hope you enjoy these books this week.

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  2. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Oct 12, 2021 @ 00:18:20

    Poor leadership and people who ignore safety precautions are so frustrating! Here in the US, we know a bit about that, too.

    I wish people would get over their ignorance and lack of consideration! Stay safe.

    Enjoy your books and your week.

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  3. Mystica
    Oct 12, 2021 @ 01:04:07

    Despite a lockdown, we have had people using influence (in Asian countries I think this influence thing is particularly horrendous) going everywhere despite rules and regulations. The ones who do generally have a crowd following them. These are not just a small unit going on a holiday but invariably politicians with their hangers on. Infuriates me no end, but there is no point calling attention to this at all.

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  4. Kathy Martin
    Oct 12, 2021 @ 01:18:19

    Interesting assortment of books. I Shot the Devil sounds especially good to me. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  5. Helen Murdoch
    Oct 12, 2021 @ 01:23:48

    Freedumb. What a great way to put it! You have done so well not to have any COVID cases so far, that’s amazing. And so frustrating that you all of a sudden have a bunch with no government reaction. Stay healthy and safe!

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  6. Stephanie - Bookfever
    Oct 12, 2021 @ 01:29:51

    The Tea Ladies’ cover looks so cute!

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  7. Susan @ The Book Bag
    Oct 12, 2021 @ 02:10:36

    So ready to get this whole COVID thing over with. Wish people would stop being stupid. Stay safe.

    I’ve been wanting to read Apples Never Fall. I checked out your review and now I have to put it closer to the top of my tumbling TBR pile.

    Have a great week and happy reading!

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  8. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Oct 12, 2021 @ 04:30:12

    I’m so sorry. That is how it felt for us with tfg as president. I live in a “red” state but with a “blue” governor so it’s better than it would be. Still too many freedumb who think they know more than anyone, including medical professionals. It’s not a one time decision thing either. The virus and what we know evolves. Science is all about learning. It doesn’t mean the initial known facts were wrong, only that things have changed or we have learned more. smh

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  9. Cindy Davis
    Oct 12, 2021 @ 04:41:48

    So sorry to hear about that! The Tea Ladies of St. Jude’s Hospital looks interesting. Happy reading.

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  10. Maureen Bakker
    Oct 12, 2021 @ 06:11:49

    I’m so sorry to read about the lockdown. It’s definitely frustrating that some people are just so damn selfish.
    Have a great week and happy reading.

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  11. Kathryn
    Oct 12, 2021 @ 06:52:39

    I just bought Birds of a Feather at the shop the other day. Could have got it from NG but didn’t. It was bookseller’s day here on Saturday so that was my buy! Yeah been watching NSW. I liked your previous premier, hope she gets fully cleared, she is a valuable politician. Ha, we’ve had a sex worker roaming that has caused big trouble, and as you know, we seem to have decided we have to live with it. But its only the north that is locked down hard.

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  12. Greg
    Oct 12, 2021 @ 06:53:29

    I find it infuriating as well when our “leaders” mismanage or downplay the virus. Of course we’re ground zero for that here! Still, I hope things don’t get to out of control there. Be safe.

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  13. Louise H
    Oct 12, 2021 @ 07:13:35

    Sorry to hear that your new leader isn’t taking Covid seriously – in the UK we look to Australia and wish our leadership had been more like yours was. Hopefully the outbreak will be quickly contained.

    I love your selection of books – it looks like a nice variety of reads.

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  14. Laurie C
    Oct 12, 2021 @ 07:49:02

    It’s as if there were only the two extremes — complete carelessness or complete lockdown — to choose from. It’s frustrating to know that if everyone had just taken even the minimum of precautions all along, we might have gotten over this before all the variants had a chance to gain ground.
    I’m waiting for The Last Graduate on audio from the library. I loved the first book! I’m intrigued by the new Kate Moore book, too, as Radium Girls was so good.

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  15. Sue at Book By Book
    Oct 12, 2021 @ 09:56:21

    ha ha ha ha “freedumb” – I love it!! we have a lot of people here in the US in that category, unfortunately. It is so stunning to hear that your state just recorded its first-ever COVID cases. Wow, so different from here. Sorry to hear it has finally arrived. Restrictions have eased here, too, even as cases rose this summer, but we have remained cautious (and are fully vaccinated, of course).

    Looks like you’ve been doing a LOT of reading lately – and a lot of review writing, too! I am getting toward the end of Apples Never Fall on audio. Lots of secrets are being revealed, but. … what happened to Joy??

    Hope you stay safe and enjoy your books this week!

    Sue
    Book By Book

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  16. Theresa Smith Writes
    Oct 12, 2021 @ 10:36:25

    Stay safe. Really concerning news and images online yesterday about this ridiculous freedom day. I get that lockdown is tough, but there are still so many cases. I hope it doesn’t spiral out of control in your area now.

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  17. Lady Tessa
    Oct 12, 2021 @ 11:10:12

    Ooo…. I loved The Last Graduate! And how frustrating that just one person created all the virus stuff in your area.

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  18. Carla
    Oct 12, 2021 @ 11:26:24

    Stay safe Shelleyrae. It is hard when the politicians put safely at risk. Hopefully this will be enough to get people choosing to stay safe. Enjoy your upcoming books.

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  19. WendyW
    Oct 12, 2021 @ 11:56:32

    I”m so sorry that you’re in lockdown again. The Tea Ladies of St. Jude’s Hospital sure looks good!

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  20. yvonne473
    Oct 12, 2021 @ 12:37:55

    It really is annoying when people want to ignore Covid precautions. It happens here too.

    I hope you enjoy your books. Have a great week!

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