One less than last month but I’ve finally read a book that made my ‘notable books’ list – there haven’t been any since March!

Notable Books

1. Spirits of the Ghan – Judy Nunn | This is only my second book by Judy Nunn, writer of Australian historical fiction, but this book like Maralinga, which I read years ago, captivated my attention. The book is about the completion of the last section of the Ghan railway between Alice Springs and Darwin. The railway was to link Adelaide in South Australia to the top of the country with the railway hailed as “the backbone of the continent”. Much of the Ghan railway crosses through Aboriginal land and it is within this context that the Spirits of the Ghan is based. I particularly enjoyed the book because my sister-in-law and her family live ‘close’ (by outback terms) to where much of the story is situated. I read an e-copy of the book as I’m sure I would have struggled juggling an actual copy while feeding Rafa (which is when the bulk of my reading still occurs!). This book also reminded me a great deal of a non-fiction book by Bill Gammage The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia.

Other Books

2. Property of a Noblewoman – Danielle Steel | A guilty pleasure. An easy read. Not much to report.

3. I Am the Messenger – Markus Zusak | I absolutely loved The Book Thief by Markus Zusak so when my sister recommended this book I was only too happy to pick up a copy. Unfortunately the story line (much of it mystery) didn’t appeal to me. I was only too happy to finish it off, close it and put it away.

4. The New Black – Mia Freedman | An entertaining, quirky read about women and all the things that make us tick, amaze and frustrate us (and how often they’re all the same thing!).

But August is already off to an amazing start! I can’t wait to share with you what I’m reading now and just how much it resonates with me.

You can read previous ‘month in books’ posts here

One comment on “July in Books”

  • Cate says:

    Oh, I’m glad to hear you enjoyed “spirits of the Ghan” I’ve never read any of her books, and made it my book club choice for November!

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