AWW 2014 – Challenge Complete

Hurrah, the day I have been waiting for, as the year is almost up and I had to get on with completing what I set out to do, which was the Franklin level – read 10 and review at least 6.

The books I read and reviewed were:

The People Smuggler by Robin de Crespigny

All the Rivers Run by Nancy Cato

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Am I Black Enough For You? by Anita Heiss

Me of the Never Never by Fiona O’Loughlin

The Young Widow’s Book of Home Improvement by Virginia Lloyd.

The books I read but didn’t review were:

Playing With Water by Kate Llewellyn (yet again!)

Hannah and the Tomorrow Room by Libby Gleeson (and Hannah the Famous)

A Fig at the Gate by Kate Llewellyn

Tiddas by Anita Heiss


Writing and reading is so often a one-way street, author writes the book and you the reader reads it, and never the twain shall meet – especially if the author is late. But this year I was blessed with some form of contact with almost all the AWWs on the list (with the exception of Cato (deceased), Gleeson and Kent). This was in the form of emails or twitter conversations, and one face to face meeting when Fiona O came to Quorn last Thursday.

heiss twitter

But the most surreal moment of the year was turning up in A Fig at the Gate by Kate Llewellyn!



The People Smuggler by Robin de Crespigny

First published 2012 by Penguin Group (Australia)

the people smuggler

This was one of those books that made my own troubles pale into insignificance.

I like the fact that Robin de Crespigny has given the story to this man, Ali Al Jenabi – it does not make up for all those things that have been taken from him, but it’s something. She lets him tell the tale as if it were he doing the writing, and it makes for a very strong narrative that grabs you immediately. I am also amazed at the memory this man has, the detail of every little thing that went wrong all stored away without the use of a journal. On the other hand it is probably the use of journals and diaries that makes our memories lazier.

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