Tag: Book Review

A Hibiscus Coast

Book Review: A Hibiscus Coast by Nick Mulgrew (Karavan Press) In these turbulent South African times of violence and disquiet, many conversations have turned to emigration. In that context I found A Hibiscus Coast to be an honest, compelling and soothing look at family, migration and dispossession. The author takes us to Durban North, 1997, where a suburban murder rocks…

Book Review – The Woolgrowers Companion by Joy Rhoades

Debut  Australian author, Joy Rhoades tells the story of a young woman who finds the strength to prevail through difficult economic and emotional times. Don’t we all want to read a story like that, especially when it so beautifully written?  (And the physical book is also gorgeous.)   It’s 1945 in New South Wales, Australia. The farming district is crippled…

Book Review – Barbarian Days – A Surfing Life by William Finnegan

The prose in this book is sublime, pure poetry in places. William Finnegan (author of many other books and columnist at The New Yorker) is a skillful, lyrical writer and his words are a pleasure to read. He is able to take essentially indescribable experiences and bring them to life with beautiful words. He achieves this in such a way that you, as the reader,…