The Northern Territory news Sat 21 May 2022
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28 WEEKEND Saturday May 21 2022 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Non-fiction The German Wife Kelly Rimmer: Hachette, $33 Rimmer is a master at finding a littleknown part of a huge topic like World War II and exploring it through fantastic fiction. The stories of two women converge in this book: Lizzie who grows up on the familys Texas farm but escapes to the city during the 1930s dust bowl drought; and Sofia, a German woman and wife of a rocket scientist who lives through the tumultuous build-up to World War II. The two women meet in Huntsville, Alabama in 1950, where a group of German families has been relocated by the US government after the war to work on the space project. As rumours of Nazis living in their midst emerge, tensions in the small, segregated town build. MERCEDES MAGUIRE hhhhh Fiction Other Houses Paddy OReilly: Affirm, $33 Theres not a wasted word in this gem of a novel that is both heartbreaking and inspiring in equal measure. House cleaner Lily and partner Janks have crossed from the wrong side of the tracks in an admirable bid to set daughter Jewelee up for a better life. Lily knows theres financial opportunity on offer she sees it in the houses she cleans, where cash is left lying around and clients care more about shiny chrome than their kids. But breaking away from poverty and addiction is not that easy when youre living payday to payday and one wrong move may see it all unravel. Despite despair and stress in so much of this story, clever OReilly has readers laughing too as she endears us to Lily and her predicaments. CARINA BRUCE hhhhk Historical fiction Orphan Rock Dominique Wilson: Transit Lounge, $33 Bessie, reclaimed by her father from a Parramatta orphanage one Saturday morning, goes home to her mother, but not as she dreamt it. The woman is cool, distant and uninterested and Bessie, trying to please, assumes a position just above the servants. When she marries, life doesnt get much better but salvation comes with a job, working at journal The Dawn, and the realisation that even as a woman in Sydney in the late 1880s, there can be more to life than misery and servitude. Later, her daughter Kathleen leaves for Paris Wilson, an Adelaide writer is French Algerian by birth and ends up trapped there by war. Rich in historical detail, it focuses on the myriad fights women faced trying to make their way in the world. PENELOPE DEBELLE hhhjj Fiction Sister Stardust Jane Green: HarperCollins, $30 Green has used the life of troubled, swinging 60s cultural icon Talitha Getty, the model, actress and socialite married to oil heir Paul Getty, as the basis for her novel. Rich, beautiful, vivacious, Talitha gathers people to her like moths to a flame, including Mick Jagger and Yves Saint Laurent, hosting wild retreats at her Marrakesh palace. To naive country girl Claire, freshly arrived in London searching for adventure, Talitha seems to have the perfect life. The two become fast friends. Surrounded by opulence, sex, drugs and freedom, Claire soon learns not everything is as wonderful as it appears. This is a good read, punctuated somewhat unnecessarily by recipes, with some characters and plot lines not entirely convincing. LEANNE EDMISTONE hhkjj Why do you think we love to be terrified by thrillers? I think the answer is inherent in the question we love to be thrilled. Why do we go on roller-coasters, or surf, or ski? Or watch scary movies? The risk releases certain endorphins that produce pleasure. I think thrillers are sort of the intellectual version of that. Plus, we just love the fantasy of going beyond the law. Is there a particular inspiration behind your new crime trilogy? Its two-fold. Primarily, its the place and time I grew up in New England during a time of mob wars. I wanted to come home, in a literary sense. Also, in reading the Greek and Roman classics, I saw all these parallels to real-life crime stories. I wanted to see if I could write a novel that would stand alone as contemporary crime fiction while echoing those themes. Is there a book that made you love writing? So many. If I have to choose, Id say Raymond Chandlers The Long Goodbye. Whats the best book youve read? Its a bit of a cliche, but Im going to say War And Peace. It has vast scope and real human intimacy in the same book. What book do you re-read? The Complete Works of Shakespeare, among many others. I love to read books again and again. A book that had a pivotal impact on your life? Something of Value by Robert Ruark. It made me want to go to Africa. A book you couldnt finish? Absalom, Absalom by William Faulkner. A book you wish you had read but havent got to? Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust. The book you are most proud to have written? Tough one. But if you put a gun to my head, Ill say The Cartel. It was so damn hard to write, and I think it made an impact. What books are on your bedside table? Right now? Jane Austens Sense and Sensibility and Noel Mosterts Frontiers. What are you writing next? Finishing up the trilogy, of which City On Fire is the first. City on Fire by Don Winslow, HarperCollins, $33 DON WINSLOW The best-selling US author returns with the first in a crime saga trilogy about Irish and Italian crime syndicates in the 80s and 90s
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