Vote for the 10 Aussie Books you should read…

The First Tuesday Book Club, ABC TV are looking for the 10 Aussie Books you should read before you die. You can have your vote now Great titles have been shortlisted to choose from. I agree with Mex Fox that Tim Winton’s ‘Cloudstreet’ is a favourite. There are too many great books to vote for just 3, read them all!

Angel of Grozny by Asne Seierstad

angel-of-grozony.jpgThis book is so far removed from my usual reading and I did find it a bit of a struggle. But am glad I persevered. I learnt a lot.



Yes I liked the book although it did lose me at times. It felt like more of a report than a story in parts. Very enlightening and shows us what a sheltered life we do lead. Also how the media can and does filter what we know about the world, especially television. Or is it that we choose not to read the more comprehensive newspapers?

I was going to say ‘Dr Zhivago’ by Boris Pasternak is a good novel on the same lines set earlier and around a love story, of course. A good way to read history I think.



It is as if you are transported there yourself, the moment she gets on the troop plane. The translation of the original writting, is difficult in some places for the flow of the story. A great contrast from our last book.



Bonnie returns to Australia from England after the death of her husband.  She meets up with two old school friends she hasn’t seen for decades. Fran is a food writer, struggling with her work, her financial security and her appearance.  Sylvia is trapped in a loveless marriage to a minister who has an affair and gives Sylvia the out she needs.

While each of the ladies are at their own loose ends they rebuild their friendship and with it a business that each of them can contribute to successfully.  Along the way they also meet challenges within themselves and their families that only add to their changing dimensions.

Whilst these ladies are in their fifties, I think anyone who has ever been challenged in their lives, and who hasn’t, will be able to sympathise with these ladies.

A lovely read that takes you along for the ride. Enjoy!!

Liz Byrski has also written Gang of Four and Belly Dancing for Beginners also well written books that are an enjoyable read.  All based on middle aged women finding themselves – either in small or big ways.