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A YEAR IN READING – 2012 – BEST/WORST etc


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BEST READS OF 2012 – Fiction

  • The Garden of Evening Mists –  Tan Twan Eng
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry –  Rachel Joyce
  • The Glass Castle – Janette Walls
  • The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint –  Brady  Udall
  • Battle Hymn of the Tiger MotherAmy Chua
  • Kafka on the Shore Haruki Murakami
  • Sexing the Cherry – Jeanette Winterson
  • The Cat’s Table –  Michael Ondaatjie
  • My Brother’s Book – Jo-Anne Richards
  • Pops and the Nearly dead –  Edyth Bulbring

 

Non-Fiction

SURPRISINGLY ENJOYAB LE

  • Restoration –  Rose Tremain
  • 29 Gifts – Cami Walker
  • A Wild Herb Soup – Life of a French Countrywoman, by Emilie Carles

MOST DISAPPOINTING READS OF 2012

  • When Hoopoe Went to Heaven – Gail Goodwin
  • Lightning Rods –   Helen de Witt

JUST AWFUL

Amrita –  Banana Yamamoto

The Finkler Question – Howard Jacobsen

WHAT POSSESSED ME TO BUY THIS? ? From Elvish to Klingon – Michael Adams

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Lost in Transmission by Johnathon Harley.

Harley worked as an anchor for the  Australian Broadcasting Corp. Based in New Delhi, India, from 1998 – 2002; ABC correspondent for Asia. His book covers the 9/11 attack and the USA retaliation on Afghanistan against the Taliban.  He gives his impressions of India, the Kashmir conflict, Pakistan and the Pakistan vs India semi-war on their common northern border.  You get a real sense of the poverty, the frustration of coping with a Third World environment, and you really experience the huge adrenalin rush of being a war correspondent.

A travel book with a difference.  I enjoyed it far more than anticipated.  The chapters were short, and it was an easy and engrossing read.

The Kindness of Strangers by Kate Adie.

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Star female BBC reporter’s autobiography.  Relates her progress, beginning in local radio to  the  achievement of becoming the first female war correspondent.  There are tales of conflict with the IRA in Northern Ireland; Bosnia, Libya – she’s done it all.  The book is packed with stories ranging from the gritty through to the tragic, to the hilarious. An amazing woman, with a deep sense of professional probity and honesty.  Reading her book made me wish I’d done more with my own life.

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