24 January 2015

Happy Australia Day Book Giveaway Blog Hop!

I have been like a neglectful parent, a lazy pet owner, a gardener who fails to water their plants - I have been an absent blogger! After three years of daily blogging, I suppose it can happen to anyone, even someone who thinks they have a lot to say. But I'm back thanks to Shelleyrae and her annual blog hop at Book'd Out. Follow the link to check out the other wonderful blogs that are also participating. Today I thought I'd follow a theme from my 2012 Australia Day post 10 Great Australian Songs with 10 Great Australian Books (fiction & non-fiction) - and for the Giveaway part, leave a comment and you'll be in the running to win a copy of my book, "All Windows Open & Other Stories" which was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Award for best multicultural book. 

Night Letters by Robert Dessaix. A brilliant book - loved it. Set in Venice (mostly) as well as Melbourne. I love the themes he explores - love, travel and death. Perhaps I should say that I'm absorbed by that last one, rather than in love with it. Delightful. Beautiful to read.

Time Without Clocks by Joan Lindsay. An account of the life of the author and her husband Daryl Lindsay, including time in London as well as Melbourne. Beautifully written and very evocative. Full of interesting characters.

Joe Cinque's Consolation by Helen Garner. Brilliant, gripping and very moving. This non-fiction story is a well-crafted read. The story of a murder, covering themes of sanity, remorse (or lack of) and the law.

The Mask of Motherhood by Susan Maushart. Totally got into this book (non-fiction) which covers issues relating to the traumatic (certainly in my case) transition to motherhood - the great divide. More scholarly than populist.

Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude get a life by Maureen McCarthy. Three young adult protagonists (girls) all grow and change. Really good.

Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchette. Funny and warm novel that captures the second generation migrant experience. It's no wonder this book was a big success.

Sunnyside by Joanna Murray-Smith. A tale of suburban/peninsula Melbourne. Families, kids, affairs and middle age - my stage of life!

The Fig Tree by Arnold Zable. About the author's Jewish family and his wife's Greek family. About place and nostalgia. Really enjoyed it.

Reunion by Andrea Goldsmith. Sped through this book. The main characters are all my age and live in Melbourne! The themes of friendship, life choices, morality, love and obsession are ones that interest me.

All That I Am by Anna Funder. A fascinating novel, and very well researched account of Nazi resistance. Quite moving at the end.


  1. Would love to win a copy of your book. Thanks for the opportunity.

  2. Great list of books, a couple I have on my " to read" list. There are also quite a few I haven't heard of so thanks for some great recommendations :). I already have your wonderful book x

  3. I hope you have a wonderful Australia Day and thanks for giving us a chance to win your book.

  4. Thanks for the chance to win your book and also for some books to add to my wishlist!

  5. The only one on your list that I've read so far is All That I Am, which I thought was excellent too. Loved seeing it from the perspective of persecuted journalists etc.

  6. Congratulations on your book being short listed would love to read it. Enjoy Australia Day and thanks for the book recommendations.

  7. Happy Australia Day! Good luck on the giveaway, everyone!
    Great list of books; any of those sound great to read, especially your own.

  8. Thanks for the opportunity to read your book! Hope you have a wonderful Australia Day!

  9. Looks like a great read! Hapyy long weekend!!


  10. Happy Australia Day long weekend, hope you are enjoying the sunshine

  11. So many books and no matter how fast I read I know that I will never be able to read all the books I would like to but i would love to add your book to my soon to be read pile :)

  12. What a great list - and thanks for offering a copy of your book :)

  13. Great recommendations - I love reading about what other people love reading. Congratulations on your book. I hope you'll be signing a copy for the lucky winner. Happy Australia Day.

  14. Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who dropped by and left a comment. THE WINNER IS - Michelle.

    Email me your address Michelle, and I'll get a copy in the post ASAP. Please let me know if you would like it signed.

    For anyone else who would like to read my book, try your local library. If they don't have a copy you might like to ask them to order it in. Or you may like to buy one. I've got a special offer on my website, http://harikliah.wix.com/hariklia in honour of this Australia Day Blog Hop, $15 inc postage, until the end of this week.

    Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who dropped by and left a comment.

  15. Thank you so much Hariklia, looking forward to reading your book and thank you for this giveaway, I've just sent you an email. Michelle x