Julie’s Book Reviews for August 2018 September 26, 2018 – Posted in: Review

Julie is our out of house reading expert and Julie’s suggestions are always well received by our customers. This is Julie’s Book Reviews for August 2018

The Biographer’s Lover by Ruby J. Murray

The Biographer’s Lover by Ruby J. Murray

I really enjoyed this riveting story about the virtually unknown Australian artist, Edna Cranmer. Ruby Murray writes a beautiful tale stretching from Edna’s birth in Geelong in 1929 to the present day, one that switches from Edna’s past to her biographer’s life in alternating chapters. The story centres around Geelong and its positive – and more often, negative – aspects over the years. We also witness the unnamed biographer’s sad life in Carlton and her trips to the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. Edna’s husband Max and grandchildren Percy and Victoria present a loving and united front, but not all is as it seems…

Edna began drawing and painting at a very young age and continued throughout her life, keeping an amazing array of sketchbooks and paintings in her various studios.

The story tells us a lot about Australian history, World War II, family power struggles, and the different versions of ‘the truth’. Edna was a self-taught artist who never really sought the limelight, and it wasn’t until her death in 1991 that Australia discovered her incredible works. A very entertaining read.

 

The Bridge by Enza Gandolfo

The Bridge by Enza Gandolfo

I loved this book! I read it in one day and found it gripping, sad, honest, and so wonderfully written. It’s an amazing tale of two different people in two time periods and how they react to and cope with the tragedies that have affected them both.

Set in Melbourne, the story begins in the 1970s with the collapse of the West Gate Bridge and how this impacts Antonello, a 22-year-old Italian rigger who survives but feels extreme guilt and depression for many years after the tragic event. Then, in 2009 we meet Jo and her best friend Ashleigh. Jo makes a terrible mistake that shatters many lives, and we follow her sad story of guilt, remorse, and feelings of utter worthlessness. A fabulous read.