Author: Diane

Diane’s Newsletter 21st May 2019

Diane’s Newsletter 21st May 2019

“Patriarchy teaches us that emotions are untrustworthy. One of the reasons we’re in a global situation of violence and anger, violence largely driven by men, is because men have not been given the tools to be honest about their own emotional lives.”
Brittney Cooper

The Collector by John Fowles, UK, 1963

The Collector by John Fowles, UK, 1963

This novel is about a man called Frederick Clegg, who takes his butterfly-collecting hobby to the next level. Lonely, uneducated, and somewhat strange, Clegg becomes fascinated by a middle-class art student, Miranda, and as though she is some rare butterfly he decides he wants to collect her. A large win on the pools gives Clegg …

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No Friend But The Mountains by Behrouz Boochani, Australia, 2018

No Friend But The Mountains by Behrouz Boochani, Australia, 2018

This is a beautifully written book by a man who has spent more than five years on Manus Island, in Australia’s offshore processing centre – a centre that has nothing to do with processing and everything to do with punishment, humiliation, and the annihilation of the spirit. Arriving on Christmas Island, only days after the …

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Diane’s Newsletter 16th April 2019

Diane’s Newsletter 16th April 2019

‘What could be put up against the noise of time? Only that music which is inside ourselves – the music of our being – which is transformed by some into real music. Which, over decades, if it is strong and true and pure enough to drown out the noise of time, is transformed into the whisper of history.’ Julian Barnes, The Noise of Time

THE RÚIN by Dervla McTiernan, Australia, 2018

THE RÚIN by Dervla McTiernan, Australia, 2018

This novel ticks most of the boxes within the crime genre. Apart from dead bodies, there are suspects, convoluted background stories, some love interest and a detective – Cormac Reilly – around whom the story evolves. It is easy to read, with sufficient twists and turns to keep the reader interested from the beginning to …

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The Dyehouse by Mena Calthorpe, Australia, 1961

The Dyehouse by Mena Calthorpe, Australia, 1961

The story is set in a dye factory in inner Sydney in the late 1950s. It is about ordinary people facing the beginning of what turned out to be a tumultuous upheaval brought about by the time-and-motion addicts – an upheaval that unfortunately propelled everyone into an age where profit is the only goal and …

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Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge, UK, 2017

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge, UK, 2017

This is a book that should be read by everyone: white, black, yellow. . . and it should be read at least twice. I say this because there is so much in the book, it is impossible to absorb everything with only one reading. Eddo-Lodge manages to alter perspectives a few degrees, so that even …

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The Book of Mirrors E O Chirovici, UK, 2017

The Book of Mirrors E O Chirovici, UK, 2017

A murder mystery with a number of twists, The Book of Mirrors is divided into three separate parts; each part being told in the first person from the perspective of a different person. It is, I feel, this particular stylistic feature that gives the book its strength. The first part is has Richard Flynn at …

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