With all those extra hours of daylight, summer is the perfect time to shed a little natural light on the pages of the latest reads. Here are a few brand-spankin’ new fictitious titles, pages still warm off the press, for you to get lost in. All are available in most leading book stores or online.
Set in London in the mid-1920s, Swimming Home follows the story of a young Australian girl, Catherine, and her aunt, both of whom are on journeys of self-discovery. While Catherine longs to feel the warm waters of her home once more, she instead decides she will swim, or rather conquer, the English Channel. Her aunt Louisa is a busy London surgeon, whose fight for women’s equality sees her hoping Catherine will pursue an education. This, however, is not as simple as it seems for either woman. The novel is Brisbane-based Mary-Rose MacColl’s fifth, with two of her earlier works, No Safe Place and The Birth Wars, having been nominated for literary awards.
Big Magic – Creative Living Beyond Fear
Disclaimer: Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic isn’t fictitious! While her incredible New York Times Number One bestseller Eat Pray Love was, Gilbert has written this book on creativity, sharing her wisdom and unique perspective to inspire readers. With profound empathy and generosity, Big Magic ponders the nature of inspiration, begging us to embrace our curiosity to tackle what we love most, whether that be art, business, or a dream we’ve deferred. Named among the world’s 100 most influential people by Time magazine, the wonderfully successful Gilbert already has a huge fan base, but is sure to continue amassing followers with this title.
With over two million books sold, Di Morrissey is one of Australia’s most successful and prolific authors. In her latest offering, Rain Music, Morrissey tells the story of brother and sister Ned and Bella Chisholm, who are struggling with a family tragedy, setting them in opposite directions. After Bella has chosen to pursue her musical ambitions in Far North Queensland, Ned disappears, resulting in Bella’s pursuit to find him. Bella soon find herself in Cooktown, where the siblings’ lives change forever. As usual, Morrissey makes wonderful use of the natural Australian environment as a setting.
The Moth Catcher
From an author who worked as a probation officer, bird observatory cook and auxiliary coast before she began writing comes The Moth Catcher. The book is the seventh in a series about character detective investigator Vera Stanhope, but with each novel centring on a different crime, there’s no need to start from the beginning. The case in focus this time is the strange death of a house-sitter, whose job it was to care for a big country house in a valley in Northumberland in the UK. Arriving on the scene, DI Stanhope soon finds a second body, with the only connection between the deceased being a fascination with catching rare moths.
Cleeves’ Stanhope series have been so popular they have since been adapted to the small screen – the show is called Vera and airs on ITV in the UK.
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