Every time we say that we feel like Anna Wintour, and then we thank our lucky stars that instead of shoes, handbags and frocks, we are instead surrounded by manuscripts, advance reading copies and piles of beautiful books.
So, what’s in the September issue of Bookseller+Publisher we hear you ask? What will the trendsetters be reading in Spring/Summer 2010/11?
Well, Monica McInerney‘s new novel At Home With the Templetons (Michael Joseph, October) went down very well with Rachel Wilson, who is ‘very happy to report that the wait has been worth it’. ‘At Home with the Templetons continues to build on familiar McInerney themes and is delivered in her usual warm, humorous and moving style,’ she says. Also among the top picks this issue is Peter Yeldham‘s Glory Girl (Michael Joseph, October), according to our reviewer Kate Summers: ‘There was not a thing about Glory Girl that I did not enjoy.’
Comedian Anh Do has penned a memoir, The Happiest Refugee (A&U, September); it got a glowing review from B Owen Baxter, who said ‘when you think you’re about to die from laughing, Do wrenches your heartstrings so hard that within an instant you’re on the brink of crying’. Chris Harrington enjoyed Speaking Volumes: Conversations with Remarkable Writers (Ramona Koval, Scribe, September), saying that ‘Koval’s probing yet sympathetic questions elicit illuminating responses from her subjects’, while Sharon Athanasos enjoyed both Solo (Vicki McAuley, Macmillan, September)—’an inspiring read’—and the inaugural winner of the Finch Memoir Prize Marzipan and Magnolias (Elizabeth Lancaster, Finch Publishing, September): ‘a touching memoir of Lancaster’s life, leading us across the seas as she connects with “all things Irish” to a battle with Multiple Sclerosis’.
The Philanthropist (John Tesarsch, Sleepers, November) got the thumbs up from Paul Landymore, Candice Cappe liked Outback Spirit (Sue Williams, Michael Joseph, September), Rebecca Butterworth enjoyed Dreaming of Chanel (Charlotte Smith, illus by Grant Cowan, HarperCollins, November) and A Food Lover’s Pilgrimage to Santiago De Compostela (Dee Nolan, Lantern, November) met with the approval of Annelise Balsamo.
We’ve got some reviews for poetry lovers too this issue, with Andrew Wilkins enjoying both Sand (Robert Drewe & John Kinsella, Fremantle Press, November) and Starlight: 150 Poems (John Tranter, UQP, September).
And then there are our Junior Bookseller+Publisher reviews…
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