There are a number of established Aussie authors whose novels I always buy, for two reasons. The first is because they’re terrific authors and I know that I’ll enjoy reading the book, and the second is that I want to encourage them to write another one. In no particular order, these are the authors whose books may not be reviewed immediately but their latest books are on my TBR as soon as I can get my hands on them:
- Alex Miller
- Richard Flanagan
- Joan London
- Kate Grenville
- Cate Kennedy
- Andrea Goldsmith
- David Ireland
- David Foster
- Rodney Hall
- Kim Scott
- Marion Halligan
- David Malouf, and last – but definitely not least…
- Paddy O’Reilly.
And that is how I came to have a second copy of Paddy O’Reilly’s beaut new book – because her publisher, Affirm Press, very kindly sent me a review copy while I was waiting impatiently for the copy I’d pre-ordered to arrive. So, you lucky readers, you have the opportunity to get your hands on Paddy’s beaut new book because I’m giving the second (i.e. unread) copy away.
This is the blurb from Affirm Press:
What happens when three otherwise normal people undergo radical medical treatments that make them international curiosities? They become wonders. Leon has a small visible mechanical heart; Kathryn has been cured of a rare genetic disorder but is now covered in curly black wool; while performance artist Christos has metal wings implanted into his back. Brought together by a canny entrepreneur, ‘The Wonders’ are transformed into a glamorous, genre-defying, twenty-first-century freak show. But what makes them objects of fascination also places them in danger. Challenging our ideas about celebrity, disability and the value of human life, The Wonders is a boldly inventive, acute and moving novel from one of Australia’s finest authors.
Here’s a Sensational Snippet, and you can read my enthusiastic review here.
HOW TO ENTERBe in it to win it! Anyone with an Australian postal address is eligible. Please indicate your interest in the Comments box below and I’ll select a winner using a random generator by the end of August.
All entries from readers with an Australian postcode will be eligible but it is a condition of entry that if you are the winner, you must contact me with a postal address by the deadline that will be specified in the blog post that announces the winner. (I’ll redraw if this deadline isn’t met).
PS BTW, for those who count these things, my list of Must-have Authors is a 7/6 male/female split, and I listed those authors in the order that I thought of them with no deliberate attention to gender, ok?)