Hi everyone, I’m one of the fiction selectors for Wellington City Libraries. Along with Susannah and Christine, I spend a lot of time reading about, and choosing, lovely new fiction for you to enjoy.
This week I thought I’d look at the new, interesting Australian fiction on order and due in the new year. Australian fiction has its own distinct voice and flavour, and Aussie authors certainly know how to do a great police thriller or romance!
Here’s my choices from the new bunch:
This book follows detective Ella Marconi as she investigates the murders of two female paramedics in Sydney. How crazy is that?! A clever premise I think and another enjoyable police thriller.
Love is the answer.
When Peach Avenel’s marriage breaks up and her world starts to fall apart she begins to reassess her entire life. Peach decides to take on doing up a tumbled down house with a neglected garden and starts on a journey of renovations, gardening and self discovery. This one sounds more like a story about finding yourself than love, with some romance thrown in – more relationship-lit than chick-lit. I’m interested!
This novel is told from the point of view of eight year old Su-Lin Tan, living in 1950s war-torn Malaysia. It’s her story of following her father, a defence barrister, to court during a controversial case involving the leader of the jungle rebels. From a bestselling author, it definitely sounds intriguingly unique.
One boy missing.
Another police drama, this time about detective Bart Moy who’s trying to ascertain whether a boy has been abducted – kidnapping or just an angry father bundling his son into their car? The story follows Moy’s struggles with his own family life as well as the boy’s family and those who perpetrated the ‘crime’. This one’s been called a ‘new departure in literary crime’ and it sounds a bit like Wallander / Erlendur to me.