Dave has an Aunty Anne who is well into her 80s and is a voracious reader of high quality books, and as such an inspiration to all of us aging readers.
She has volunteered to recommend to bookgroupers and readers of the site any good books that come her way. So this page will be udated whenever she sends a new list down.

  • shadow of the silk road and amongst the russians by colin thubron
  • the other colours by orhan panuk
  • out stealing horses by per pettison
  • numerous books by adam thorpe such as the standing pool, is this the way you said, and between each breath
  • invisible cities by italo calvino
  • secret scriptures by sebastian barrie
  • the blue plateau by mark tredinnick
  • zeitaun by dave eggers
  • wolf hall by hilary mantel
  • The Infinities by John Banville

  • Peeling the Onion by Gunter Grass
  • The Road to San Giovanni by Italo Calvino
  • The Memory of Tides by Angelo Laukakis
  • The Land I Came Through Last by Robert Grey
  • Home by Maralynne Robinson
  • Music and Silence by Rose Tremain
  • The Atlantic Ocean – Essays by Andrew O’Hagen
  • Inland by Gerard Murnane
  • Ransom by David Malouf
  • The Music Room by William Fiennes
  • The Darts of Cupid and Other Stories by Edith Templeton
  • Notwithstanding. Short stories by louis de Bernieres
  • Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Barley Patch by Gerald Murnane

    • The Canterbury Tales – Geoffrey Chaucer – a retelling by Peter Ackroyd (beautiful)
    • Short Sicillian Novels by Giovanni Venga
    • Venice – Pure City by Peter Ackroyd
    • The Bay at Noon by Shirley Hazard (set in Naples, written by expat Australian)
    • The Fair Maiden by Joyce Carol Oates (chilling)
    • Memory Map by Lisa St Aubin de Teran
    • Camera Obscura by Kathryn Lomer (Australian)
    • A Night at the Majestic by Richard Davenport-Hines
    • Biography of W M Turner by Peter Ackroyd

    • So I Have Thought Of You – Letters of Penelope Fitzgerald
    • Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
    • The Boy – Man by Niall Williams (Irish – beautiful)
    • The Marble Skin by Slavenka Drokulic (beautiful writing – strange book by a croatian writer)
    • The Rip by Robert Drewe
    • Madmoiselle P. by Bryan Doherty (Irish)
    • Small Memories by Jose Saramago (Portugese writer of very good novels)

    • Safety by Tegan Bennett
    • The Death of Paw by Tom Petsinis (greek born)
    • By Night in Chile by Roberto Bolano
    • Ordinary Thunderstorms by William Boyd
    • Kennedy’s Brain by Henning Mankell (detective writer – which i usually dont read but he is very good)
    • Beautiful Dreamer by Christopher Bigsby (American)

    • Leave to Remain by Abbas el Zoin (Arab immigrant to Australia)
    • Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann (wonderful read – another irishman)
    • The Riddle of Father Hackett by Brenda Niall (biography of irish priest that was sent to australia at the time of the troubles – mannix, melbourne, all fascinating)
    • The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy
    • Twilight of Love – travels with Turgenev by Robert Dessaix (beautiful writing)

  • Love and Summer by William Trevor
    Ghost Light by Joseph O’Connor
    Charlemagne a life by Matthias Becker
    Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor
    The Age of Wonders by Richard Holmes

    Berlin Tales from Oxford University Press
    Point Omega by Don de Lillo
    The merry-go-round in the sea by Randolph Stow
    The Patron Saint of Eels by Gregory Day
    Ron McKay’s Sea of Diamonds by Gregory Day

    Wild Child by TC Boyle
    Limestone by Fiona Farrell
    The Shadow of the Wind by Charles Ruiz Zapow
    Piano Lessons by Anna Goldsworthy
    Invisible by Paul Auster
    Mockingbird by Charles J Shields
    Breakfast with BeaverBrook by Anne Moyal
    Blewheim Orchard by Tim Pears

    In the wake by Per Pillenson
    The Awakening by Kate Chopin
    Stones Fall by Iain Pears


    2 Comments Add your own

    • 1. Michael Sprott  |  February 25, 2009 at 7:38 am

      Good for Aunty Anne,

      Great to see Italo Calvino on a list, best read with a touch of Marco Polo history. A more provocative Calvino for a reader is “IF on a Winter’s Night a Traveler,”

    • 2. Kaya  |  December 12, 2010 at 6:18 am

      Aunty Anne, I really enjoyed Zeitoun


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