Cheryl Shares Notable Books with The Australian

Cheryl Shares Notable Books with The Australian

Cheryl is so thrilled to be sharing some notable reads each week with The Australian. There’s some fabulous books in this week’s edition. See the full list here…

The Last Woman in the World by Inga Simpson

The Last Woman in the World is both an edge-of-seat literary thriller and a powerful lament to our natural world. Inga Simpson envisages a near-future Australia that is affected by bushfires, pandemics and climate disasters. When writing the first draft, Simpson was evacuated twice from her home as bushfires engulfed the area, and it’s clear that she has drawn on that experience here. The novel follows Rachel, a recluse, who has a woman and her baby turn up on her doorstep, fleeing a mysterious plague that is sweeping Australia. Through vivid prose and evocative imagery, Simpson offers readers an unsettling look at our future, one that holds a mirror up to the world we live in today.

Buy a copy of The Last Woman in the World here.

Where They Purr by Paul Barbera

Jean Cocteau once said, ‘I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.’ In Where They Purr, Paul Barbera, an Australian-born, New York-based photographer, captures the magic of cats and their notorious aloofness. He showcases twenty-eight stunning homes – from a heritage listed terrace, to an inner-city warehouse… even a small rental. Each home featured is introduced first with its resident cat’s name and some details about that feline: ‘Ellie was adopted from a rescue shelter.’ Also noted are the architects or designers of each home, and key features: ‘The home was designed as a weekender for Mia’s family.’ This is a glorious celebration of homes and how cats inhabit them.

Buy a copy of Where They Purr here.

The Hush by Sara Foster

Bestselling author Sara Foster steps away from writing psychological suspense to produce a near-future, female-led dystopian thriller about a conspiracy that goes right to the heart of the British government. It’s a bold, thought-provoking read in the vein of The Handmaid’s Tale. Foster wrote The Hush as part of her doctoral studies in dystopian fiction, where she is examining the genre’s representation of maternal figures and mother-daughter relationships – something which is sorely lacking. This is not the case with The Hush. Instead, the relationship between three generations of women sits at the heart of this story. Through her portrayal of these women, Foster highlights the resilience and power that women possess. is an absolute must-read.

Buy a copy of The Hush here.

Midnight in Everwood by M.A. Kuzniar

In Midnight in Everwood, M.A. Kuzniar drew on Alexandre Dumas’ and E.T.A Hoffman’s adaptations of The Nutcracker to deliver a marvellous new version of the classic story. Kuzniar’s retelling takes place in Nottingham at the beginning of the 20th century, a time when protagonist Marietta was expected to marry rather than pursue her dreams of becoming a professional ballerina. Through fantastical elements and dazzling imagery, Kuzinar brings the mysterious and sugary world of The Nutcracker to life. Midnight in Everwood is an impressive debut that demonstrates the enduring popularity of this magical tale about a young girl, a manipulative toymaker and a journey into another dimension. It’s also the perfect read for the upcoming Christmas season.

Buy a copy of Midnight in Everwood here.

Growing Up in Australia Foreward by Alice Pung

Black Inc.’s ‘Growing Up’ series has included Growing Up Asian, Growing Up Aboriginal, Growing Up African, Growing Up Queer and Growing Up Disabled in Australia. The contributions in each show the diversity of the Australian experience in moving and revelatory ways. The latest in the collection, Growing Up in Australia, features thirty-two pieces in which something important has happened to the author, and now they search for meaning in that, and their childhood. Contributors include Tim Winton, Benjamin Law, Nyadol Nyuon, Tara June Winch and many more. There are also extracts from memoirs such as Rick Morton’s 100 Years of Dirt, Magda Szubanski’s Reckoning and Stan Grant’s Talking to My Country. It is fascinating reading.

Buy a copy of Growing Up in Australia here.

Ganbatte! by Albert Liebermann

Spend time in Japan and one word will become increasingly familiar: Ganbatte. It is, simply put, a philosophy focused on doing the best you can with what you have, and though there is no direct translation, it means ‘keep going’ and ‘give it your all’. Ganbatte! by Albert Liebermann is a practical guide on how to incorporate this concept into your life and apply some Japanese tenacity to your day. It helps you tap into your own resilience and perseverance. It covers Ganbatte rules for writers, for lasting love, business and fitness. There are chapters on meditation, imperfection and patience. A lot of wisdom is packed into this small book.

Buy a copy of Ganbatte! here.

This article was originally published in The Australian.


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