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SWIMMING TO THE MOON
by Robert Drewe, Fremantle Press, $29.99
This collection from Robert Drewe’s regular newspaper
column will make you sigh with recognition – and even
laugh out loud. An astute writer with that Wintonian
knack for recalling through a nostalgic lens WA idiom
and landscape, Drewe returns to a time and place long
since gone the way of battered milkshake tins, Sunday
drives and keys parties. The tales will mostly resonate
with readers born or raised in Australia during an era
when primary schoolers walked a mile to school, slept
in unlocked family cars at parties, and gagged on
sun-warmed government milk.
by Robert Schofield, Allen & Unwin, $29.99
Unable to shake off the stigma of his involvement in
a notorious gold robbery, Gareth Ford finds himself
pursued across the outback by a pair of misfit thugs,
while heading inexorably towards a confrontation with
the woman who betrayed him. Picking up where his first
novel, Heist, left off, Robert Schofield’s sequel stands
up reasonably well in isolation, but is more satisfying as
a companion piece to the original, developing his lead
characters well and laying the groundwork for more to
adventures in the future.
By Kate McCaffrey, Fremantle Press, $19.99
For most people, the final year of high school is stressful
enough. Add in a car accident with troublesome
consequences and an unplanned pregnancy and it
becomes almost unthinkable. Kate McCaffrey does
a wonderful job of creating a strong lead character in
adolescent Lucy, who shows her young audience that
courage, belief in yourself, and confidence in your
decisions are what will make you happy in the end.
Through her remarkable prose McCaffrey tackles one of
the most difficult decisions a young girl can face, and she
leaves you asking: what would you do?
Lost and Found is WA author Brooke Davis’s first novel, and one that is
taking the literary world by storm.
What was the inspiration for Lost & Found?
About seven years ago, my mum died suddenly in a freak accident. Before she died,
I had never felt the kind of grief where you don’t know if you’re going to be okay or
not. After she died, I was trying to understand how to live without her, and how to live
with the knowledge that this was how life worked: that anyone I loved and depended
on could die at any moment. Lost & Found became my way of working through my
own thoughts on what it means to grieve.
It’s so hard for first-time authors to get noticed, how did you do it?
I wrote Lost & Found as part of a PhD at Curtin University, and when a bookseller friend
in Perth read the book she told a Hachette Australia Books account manager friend,
who took it to head office. Within a couple of weeks, I had an offer. Suddenly I had an
agent, and the contract was negotiated and agreed upon. It was a bit of a whirlwind.
Lost & Found deals with loss and grief in an often light-hearted way. Was this
something you set out to do? And if so, why?
I’m interested in the concept of grief not as a process that begins and ends and is
only about sadness, but as a part of life, and something that we have to work out how
to live with. Grief is a result of feeling so strongly for someone that your world feels
obliterated when they’re gone, and, yes, it’s incredibly, heartbreakingly, ridiculously
sad, and I would never want to make light of those feelings. But I also believe there’s
something beautiful in it that needs to be celebrated.
Your book has already sold to over 20 countries, why do you think this
unmistakably Australian story is resonating globally?
Perhaps it’s got something to do with the universality
of human grief: that if we’re on earth long enough to
develop meaningful relationships with people, we will
grieve. Really, though, I just hope they all get my jokes!
You have worked as a bookseller for some time – how
has that experience assisted you now, as an author
promoting your own book?
I feel pretty lucky that I get to sell my own book. My
favourite customers are the ones who hold up Lost &
Found and ask, “Have you read this?” and I reply, “Kind of.
I wrote it, does that count?” Or they bring it to the counter
to buy it, and I say, “Would you like me to sign that for
you?” and it takes them a moment to realise that I’m not
just a crazy person scribbling on all the books in the shop.
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