The End of Cuthbert Close Author, Cassie Hamer Shares her #coronasilverlinings List

The End of Cuthbert Close Author, Cassie Hamer Shares her #coronasilverlinings List

Cassie Hamer wrote this piece for us a week ago – things have already rapidly changed, however this is absolutely perfect for today as well.

Corona Silver Linings

Last week just as the Covid019 news was becoming more and more dire, I resolved to stop trawling the web for more news of death and devastation and go for a walk in the sunshine.

My kids’ schools were keeping me abreast of current developments via email. Whatever I absolutely needed to know would find its way to my inbox, I decided.

Less than an hour later, I looked up to see a small aeroplane zooming across the sky and releasing a cloud of white smoke behind it. A sky-writer. I stopped to watch. The letter W, then A, then more and more. After five minutes, the message was already starting to drift away, but it was nonetheless clear. WASH HANDS.

I stopped to take a photo. Actually, I just pointed my phone upwards and clicked – the sun was too bright to see the screen – and posted it when I got home. In the middle of my photo, the sun gleamed like a button.

Nice corona, commented one of my friends.

Indeed, I replied, grateful the reminder that ‘corona’ isn’t just shorthand for a virus or a beer brand, it’s also the scientific phenomenon of bright white light that frames the sun. After that walk, having witnessed the corona, I felt a subtle shift in my mental outlook – I have a choice here. I can either dwell in the darkness of death and disruption, or I can start to look for the glimpses of good in this situation and find the #coronasilverlinings.

Every day, I make a mental list of small joys. Here’s today’s:
– the lovely feel and smell of freshly clean hands
– the laughs and tears I’ve shared with my 11 year old daughter as I drive her to and from school to avoid the train
– fewer cars on the road, but more people in the park (keeping an appropriate distance from each other)
– the simplicity of life without any extra-curricular activities
– the availability of more reading time

As an author, you can imagine which one of these silver linings fills me with most joy. It’s undeniable. There’s never been a better time to read. With all sporting and social commitments cancelled, I’m facing a weekend that seems ripe to really crack into my TBR pile and purchase some new ones, too, just to tide me over. Right now, all local and online booksellers are bending over backwards to get books into readers’ hands – another silver lining.

I know exactly what I want to read. I want humour, intrigue, hope, romance, and perhaps a little nostalgia thrown in for good measure. This is the kind of book I write – The End of Cuthbert Close is all about friendship and neighbourliness –  and it’s the type of book I want to read.

Here’s my #coronasilverlinings list, and why I’m reading them:
Grown Ups, by Marian Keyes, for the guaranteed laughs and Irish charm.
The Good Turn, by Dervla McTiernan, for the plot intrigue and a dose of Cormac Reilly decency
The Banksia Beach Shack, by Sandie Docker, for all the feels
Gulliver’s Wife, by Lauren Chater, for the meticulous research and terrific characterisation
Ballet Shoes, by Noel Streatfeild, my favourite book as a child and a classic that still holds up today

What’s on your reading list? What books do you turn to in a crisis?

 

 

 

Reviews

Cassie Hamer's, The End of Cuthbert Close is a Fabulous, Fun, Thought-provoking Read

Review | Our Review

23 March 2020

Cassie Hamer's, The End of Cuthbert Close is a Fabulous, Fun, Thought-provoking Read

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            Publisher details

            The End of Cuthbert Close
            Author
            Cassie Hamer
            Publisher
            Harlequin
            Released
            23 March, 2020

            Synopsis

            From bestselling author Cassie Hamer, comes a hilarious tale of warring neighbours in Australian suburbia, with a mystery at its heart. You can choose your friends, but you can't choose your neighbours. (Trad. proverb, origin: Australian suburbia) Food stylist Cara, corporate lawyer Alex and stay-at-home mum Beth couldn't be more different. If it wasn't for the fact they live next door to each other in Cuthbert Close, they'd never have met and bonded over Bundt cake. The Close is an oasis of calm and kindness. The kind of street where kids play cricket together and neighbours pitch in each year for an end of summer party.But no one's told Charlie Devine, glamorous wife of online lifestyle guru, The Primal Guy. When she roars straight into the party with her huge removal truck and her teenage daughter with no care or regard for decades-old tradition, the guacamole really hits the fan.Cara thinks the family just needs time to get used to the village-like atmosphere. Beth wants to give them home cooked meals to help them settle in. Alex, says it's an act of war. But which one of them is right? Dead guinea pigs, cruelly discarded quiches, missing jewellery, commercial sabotage and errant husbands are just the beginning of a train of disturbing and rapidly escalating events that lead to a shocking climax.When the truth comes out, will it be the end of Cuthbert Close?
            Cassie Hamer
            About the author

            Cassie Hamer

            Cassie Hamer has a professional background in journalism and PR, but now much prefers the world of fiction over fact. In 2015, she completed a Masters in Creative Writing, and has since achieved success in numerous short story competitions. After the Party is her first novel.Cassie lives in Sydney with her terrific husband and three, mostly-terrific daughters, who still believe piñatas are a fun and effective method of lolly-distribution. She is working on her second novel, but always has time to connect with other passionate readers via her website – CassieHamer.com – or through social media.You can follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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