For boomers and book cover aficionados: Why Shell is a fantastic Christmas gift

For boomers and book cover aficionados: Why Shell is a fantastic Christmas gift

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 ShellIn 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.

Read our review of Shell here, or purchase a copy here.

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                      Synopsis

                      Everywhere he looked he saw what Utzon saw. The drama of harbour and horizon, and at night, the star-clotted sky. It held the shape of the possible, of a promise made and waiting to be kept ...In 1965, as Danish architect Jørn Utzon’s striking vision for the Sydney Opera House transforms the skyline and unleashes a storm of controversy, the shadow of the Vietnam War and a deadly lottery threaten to tear the country apart.Journalist Pearl Keogh, exiled to the women’s pages after being photographed at an anti-war protest, is desperate to find her two missing brothers and save them from the draft. Axel Lindquist, a visionary young glass artist from Sweden, is obsessed with creating a unique work that will do justice to Utzon’s towering masterpiece.In this big, bold and hauntingly beautiful portrait of art and life, Shell captures a world on the brink of seismic change though the eyes of two unforgettable characters caught in the eye of the storm.And it reminds us why taking a side matters.
                      Kristina Olsson
                      About the author

                      Kristina Olsson

                      Kristina was born in 1956 and raised in Brisbane of Swedish and Australian heritage. She studied journalism at the University of Queensland and went on to write for The Australian, The Courier-Mail and Sunday Mail, the Sydney Sunday Telegraph and Griffith Review.She has also worked as an advisor to government and as a teacher of creative writing and journalism at tertiary and community level. She supervises and mentors several post-graduate writing students and also works as a manuscript assessor and editor.University of Queensland Press published her first novel, In One Skin, in 2001. This was  followed by Kilroy Was Here  in 2005 and The China Garden in 2009. Boy, Lost, a family memoir, was published by UQP in March 2013.Kristina has two adult children, as well as three grandchildren. She lives in Brisbane.

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