Choosing which books to buy as gifts at Christmas can be tricky and with the silly season well underway, we’re here to recommend some great books for the special people in your life. Our latest recommendation is Shell.
Kristina Olsson’s Shell is a hauntingly beautiful story that captures a defining moment in Australia’s history. Set in the 1960’s against the backdrop of the Sydney Opera House’s construction, this book is a stunning portrait of life and art, capturing a world on the brink of seismic change through the eyes of two unforgettable characters caught in the eye of the storm.
Before you even open Shell and drift off with its story, the aesthetics of the book with its golden-hued, water-colour Opera House cover will make it coveted by book lovers who appreciate beauty and design.
History lovers will enjoy the way Shell has captured the essence of an era, detailing the hullabaloo surrounding the construction of the Sydney Opera House, the tumultuous political climate in the 1960’s and the deep divisions of a society torn apart by radical change, but still clinging to the past. For anyone who enjoys quality fiction written by a hugely talented Australian, Shell is a treat. For boomers, it’s a must.
About the Author:
Kristina Olsson is a journalist and the award-winning author of the novels Shell, In One Skin, and The China Garden, and two works of nonfiction, Boy, Lost: A Family Memoir and Kilroy was Here. She lives in Brisbane, Australia.