The Girl She Was Author, Rebecca Freeborn Shares her Comfort Reads

The Girl She Was Author, Rebecca Freeborn Shares her Comfort Reads

In a time where everyone is looking for escape, there’s a book for every mood.

I rarely re-read a book, but following a period where every book I read was a disappointment, I returned to my all-time favourite, A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth, a family saga set in the years following independence and Partition in India. Brutal, beautiful, full of Dickensian humour, and with some of the best characterisation I’ve ever read, this book made me want to be a writer. I read it for the first time when I was in my twenties, and it spawned a lifelong obsession with India – I even named my daughter Lata after the main character.

As a writer, I love to read about writers. Sulari Gentill’s Crossing The Lines is a groundbreaking, mind-bending novel about writers’ relationships with their characters. It’s like nothing I’ve ever read before, and I would recommend it to any writer who’s ever become just a little obsessed with their characters.

Sometimes a comfort read can be something that makes me uncomfortable. The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood is another of my all-time favourites. Brutal, angry, unrelenting and powerful, this book made me feel as if I’d held my breath throughout the whole story. I would literally read Charlotte Wood’s shopping list.

Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko is one of those books that left me feeling like a changed person. A story of trauma, family and above all, connection to Country, it’s sharp and funny, but full of deep grief and rage and hope.

A couple of years ago I had recurrent pneumonia and spent several chunks of time off work recovering. During this time, all I wanted to read was comedic, witty novels starring funny, flawed women. I devoured Our Tiny, Useless Hearts by Toni Jordan on one day, and Those Pleasant Girls by Lia Weston on another.

Maggie’s Going Nowhere by Rose Hartley was another recent (thankfully non-pneumonia-induced) read featuring my favourite kind of witty, vulgar, rollicking, sex positive anti-heroine.

I also love a read that celebrates the beauty of language or articulates a feeling that you never knew you had. The Dutch House by Ann Patchett is one of those books where I could barely tell you what it was about, but I thought about it for weeks after finishing it. Exploded View by Carrie Tiffany was an absolute revelation – full of simple but exquisite prose, it is both devastating and beautiful.

Reviews

The Girl She Was by Rebecca Freeborn: Your Preview Verdict

Review | Preview

17 April 2020

The Girl She Was by Rebecca Freeborn: Your Preview Verdict

    Preview Reviews: The Girl She Was by Rebecca Freeborn

    Review | Preview

    4 April 2020

    Preview Reviews: The Girl She Was by Rebecca Freeborn

      Consent or Coercion? You Decide with this Extract from The Girl She Was by Rebecca Freeborn

      Review | Extract

      3 April 2020

      Consent or Coercion? You Decide with this Extract from The Girl She Was by Rebecca Freeborn

        The Girl She Was Author Rebecca Freeborn on the Relationship That Inspired her Novel

        Review | Author Related

        2 April 2020

        The Girl She Was Author Rebecca Freeborn on the Relationship That Inspired her Novel

          Running from the Past: Review of The Girl She Was by Rebecca Freeborn

          Review | Our Review

          30 March 2020

          Running from the Past: Review of The Girl She Was by Rebecca Freeborn

            Related Articles

            I Wrote Misconception to Open up the Conversation About Pregnancy Loss: Q&A with Rebecca Freeborn, Author of Misconception

            News

            31 July 2019

            I Wrote Misconception to Open up the Conversation About Pregnancy Loss: Q&A with Rebecca Freeborn, Author of Misconception

              Will Ali and Tom Find Their Way Back to Each Other? Read an Extract from Misconception by Rebecca Freeborn

              News

              31 July 2019

              Will Ali and Tom Find Their Way Back to Each Other? Read an Extract from Misconception by Rebecca Freeborn

                An Exceptional Novel About a Sensitive Subject: Read a Review of Misconception by Rebecca Freeborn

                News

                30 July 2019

                An Exceptional Novel About a Sensitive Subject: Read a Review of Misconception by Rebecca Freeborn

                  Sex, Drugs . . . and Sarah: review of Hot Pursuit by Rebecca Freeborn

                  News

                  8 May 2018

                  Sex, Drugs . . . and Sarah: review of Hot Pursuit by Rebecca Freeborn

                    Read a Sample Chapter of Hot Pursuit by Rebecca Freeborn

                    News

                    8 May 2018

                    Read a Sample Chapter of Hot Pursuit by Rebecca Freeborn

                      Rising Stars

                      News

                      8 March 2018

                      Rising Stars

                        Publisher details

                        The Girl She Was
                        Author
                        Rebecca Freeborn
                        Publisher
                        Pantera Press
                        Genre
                        Fiction
                        Released
                        31 March, 2020

                        Synopsis

                        ‘She’d long ago stopped wondering whether anyone would find out what she’d done. It was in the past, and Layla didn’t dwell on the past.’At the cafe in the small town of Glasswater Bay where she works after school, seventeen-year-old Layla enters into a volatile relationship with her married boss.Twenty years later, she receives a message from her former boss’s wife.As Layla relives the events from her youth that have shaped her present, her past starts to infiltrate her life in a way she can no longer ignore.She’s run from her town, her friends and the memory of what she’s done. Now she must face them all.
                        Rebecca Freeborn
                        About the author

                        Rebecca Freeborn

                        Rebecca Freeborn lives in the beautiful Adelaide Hills with a husband, three kids, a dog, a cat, a horse, more books than she can fit in her bookcase and an ever-diminishing wine collection. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Professional and Creative Communications and now works as a communications and content editor for the South Australian Government where she screams into the void against passive voice and unnecessary capitalisation. Rebecca loves strong, witty female characters, and wrote Hot Pursuit because she wanted to escape the focus on fashion and personal appearance that is so common in contemporary women 's fiction. She writes before the sun comes up and spends her moments of spare time reading novels and feminist articles and compulsively checking Facebook.`

                        Books by Rebecca Freeborn

                        COMMENTS

                        Leave a Reply

                        Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *