Reading is easy, reviewing is not

by Raewyn Whyte

Turns out it’s easy enough, and certainly enjoyable enough,  to read the books for The Aussie Author Challenge 2015, but finding time to write the reviews is where the real challenge lies, for me.

During 2015, I read the following books by Australian authors:

Fatal Impact by Kathryn Fox (the latest in her Anya Crichton, forensic scientist series, this time set in Tasmania and tackling the heady, big picture issues of how GM seeds threaten the economy, the safety and nurturant value of the food chain, farming livelihoods, and more.

The Edge of Darkness crime fiction trilogy (The Enemy InsideBroken, Bloodlines) by Vanessa Skye (set in Chicago). I won the first volume in a newly published book draw, and subsequently bought and read the other two books to find out what happened to the protagonist.  This is an edgy, hard-nosed series which  “challenges the concept of justice, asks if the need for vengeance sometimes  justifies murder, and explores whether you can ever heal from childhood abuse”.

The Half Child and The Dying Beach by Angela Savage, which like her earlier novels set in Thailand tackle issues to do with the impact of Western tourism and foreign investment in Thailand.

Flush and A Hand in the Bush by Jane Clifton – published a few years ago.

The “Edith” trilogy by Frank Morehouse –  Dark Palace,  Grand Days and Cold Light,  a vivid fictional account of the League of Nations, tracing the strange, convoluted life of a young woman who enters the world of diplomacy in the 1920s, returns to Australia mid 30s to live in the under-construction city of Canberra, and subsequently becomes Australian representative at the Atomic Energy Commission in the 1950s.

Somehow, I have never found time to write the reviews, but I have recommended these books to lots of others to read..

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