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…

One Punch by Julie Fison

Julie Fison has witnessed the impact of ‘one punch’ or ‘coward punch’ violence first-hand, when a close friend’s son was a victim of it in Brisbane. This event inspired One Punch, her first novel for adults, which delves into the ramifications of such an incident and the ethical questions that families grapple with in its aftermath. One Punch is told in a dual narrative from the perspectives of Yasmin, whose son was injured, and Evie, whose son becomes implicated in the incident. One Punch is a gripping domestic drama that digs deep into controversial questions about violence in the community, especially amongst teenagers, and how it affects families. It’s a thought-provoking read.

Buy a copy of One Punch here.

Get Moving Keep Moving by Dr. Gordon Spence

We all know exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, but research shows that as we age our motivation for physical activity declines. How can you change your mind and become more active? In Get Moving Keep Moving, psychologist Dr Gordon Spence fuses psychology and exercise science to explore why we lose our motivation to move, and what we can do about that. He’ll help you identify the best form of physical activity for you, and ways to create positive habits around this. Accessibly written without judgement, Get Moving Keep Moving empowers readers to take charge of their health, reconnect with their physical selves, and set themselves up for longer, healthier lives.

Buy a copy of Get Moving Keep Moving here.

One of Us by Kylie Kaden

Kylie Kaden’s last novel was The Day the Lies Began, a gripping domestic noir about two couples with a lot of secrets in a small coastal town. Now she’s back with One of Us, another page-turning read that delivers pitch-perfect plotting, lots of twists and turns, and the layers of friendship built over time in a small-town setting, or in this instance, a wealthy, gated community called Apple Tree Creek where you never know what goes on behind closed doors. Kaden writes intelligent thrillers, exploring complex subjects such as domestic abuse and multilayered relationships, adding a good dose of humour along the way. It’s a powerful combination and pure entertainment.

Buy a copy of One of Us here.

After Lambana by Eliza Victoria and Mervin Malzono

If you’re looking for something a little different, immerse yourself in the myth and magic of Manila with this stunning graphic novel filled with sirenas, spirits and other strange creatures. Author and playwright Eliza Victoria is well known in the Philippines where her books have won numerous awards, including the Philippine National Book Award and the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. She has partnered here with Mervin Malzono, whose comic, Tabi Po, won the Philippine National Book Award and was adapted for television. After Lambana took three years for Malono to illustrate, as he balanced Victoria’s words with his imagery to tell a cohesive and stunning story.

Buy a copy of After Lambana here.

The German Wife by Kelly Rimmer

Kelly Rimmer is a New York Times bestselling author of ten novels, including The Things We Cannot Say. In The German Wife, Rimmer explores Operation Paperclip, a top-secret US intelligence program that saw German scientists taken from Nazi Germany to work for the US government. Many of these scientists were complicit in war crimes. Most of them went on to live comfortable lives in America, their records scrubbed. In The German Wife, Rimmer takes this controversial program and transforms it into a compelling story about a community torn apart when a former Nazi family moves into town to work on NASA’s space program. A must-read for fans of historical fiction.

Buy a copy of The German Wife here.

Don’t Make a Fuss: It’s Only the Claremont Serial Killer by Wendy Davis

Before he perpetrated the Claremont serial killings, Bradley Robert Edwards violently assaulted Wendy Davis. It happened in her workplace, and when he was a Telecom worker. Her injuries from the attack left her unable to continue her job as a social worker. Later, he was convicted of common assault, not sexual assault, a minor change that left him off the police radar for decades – and with devastating results. Edwards went on to abduct and murder at least two other women, using his Telecom work vehicles and tools. This is a disturbing read and a cautionary tale about the devastating effects on the whole community when a woman speaks up, but nobody listens.

Buy a copy of Don’t Make a Fuss: It’s Only the Claremont Serial Killer here.

This article was originally published in The Australian.


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