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Best three Reads in 2013
The Australian Broadcasting Commission is the Australia’s “public” broadcaster and as such has a certain amount of respect amongst the thinking people of Australia.
Every year the ABC publishes a list of the most popular reads for each year and 2013 sees a number a surprises for yours truly. But I won’t be deterred; I’ll be reading my way through this list for the next few months. Here’s the first three for your interest.
Eyrie by Tim Winton
Tim Winton is one of Australia’s most controversial writers – you either love his prose or you loathe it. I’m one that loves it – although I will admit it’s very difficult sometimes to read him, as he has a tendency to omit basic grammar from his texts – and one spends a fair bit of time getting used to working out who’s talking to whom.
If you can get past this little nuance of Winton’s writing, you’re in for a treat. I’ve read most of his books including Cloudstreet, Dirt Music, The Riders and his latest novel finds its way to the top of this list – Eyrie.
Eyrie is set in Freemantle (the city of Winton’s youth) and takes us on a journey in the story of Tom Keely, who (like a lot of us) is trying to get his act together and connect with his family.
I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
This is Terry Hayes’s first novel, although he is well known as a screenwriter who has penned scripts for Dead Calm, Mad Man and has partnered with the notable Kennedy Miller team that has written and produced many Australian miniseries.
I am Pilgrim is a bit of a gut wrencher, and a true thriller. It is set on election night in the US and is about biological attack. This book gets you in right from the start and is a terrific conversation starter.
Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas
This is one of about a dozen books written by Christos Tsiolkas who has lived in Melbourne all of his life. Barracuda is the tale of a young boy who has an obvious ability in the swimming pool and receives a scholarship to study and train at an elite private school.
A previous novel The Slap was highly acclaimed and was turned into a miniseries for television.
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