Sure, you see us behind the counter. Sure, we’re looking great and you’re thinking how can I get my hair like that? but what are we actually reading, when we’re not busy being incredibly good looking? Here is the first in a regular series letting you know what we’re wrapping our peepers around week to week!
KEVin: The Short Long Book by Martin Flanagan
Martin Flanagan is the best sports writer in Australia. That’s correct Gideon Haigh, that’s what I said. In his new biography of former Essendon great and social activist, Michael Long, The Short Long Book Martin gives us a wonderful insight to a very complex man who took on the AFL about racism and confronted former Prime Minister, John Howard on Aboriginal issues. As well, The Short Long Book documents how biographies are not written. And yes, the title is correct; it is a short book. You need to read it to find out why.
Chris: young skins by Colin barrett
This criminally underrated book has won every short story award going, and it’s easy to see why. Set in the fictional Irish town of Glanbeigh, each story explores a member of the community in brilliant, funny and heartbreaking detail. I can’t tell you how much you have to read it (which is lucky, because I can leave it to other fans of this book like Colm Tóibín, Anne Enright, Evie Wyld and Niall Griffiths). Read it!
Krissy: black rock white city by A.s. Patrick
When the former Yugoslavia collapses, Serbian refugees Jovan and his wife Suzanna escape their home and the loss of their two children and resettle in Melbourne. Jovan, once a poet, has a job mopping at a hospital. He no longer has the heart for poetry but poetry finds him anyway, in the black graffiti that keeps creeping onto the hospital walls, floors and even the cadavers. This is a dark tale but one that clearly depicts the troubles of the human heart. If Milan Kundera tried to write Fight Club, then Black Rock White City might be the book he came up with.
SARAH: sWEETLAND BY mICHAEL cRUMMEY
The island of Sweetland has a tiny population, and the government decides it would be cheaper to buy everyone out and relocate them instead of continuing to service the island. The catch is that all inhabitants must sign, or no one gets paid, but former lighthouse keeper Moses Sweetland is not going anywhere. A truly elegant story, Moses Sweetland can endure almost anything, but no man is an island.