TBR Thursday with She is Too Fond of Books is a meme to highlight all those hidden gems languishing in our out-of-control TBR piles.
They can be “books that I physically own, be it arc, bought, paperback or ebook. It could have been there for months or just acquired it yesterday.”
My little twist is to highlight one new release and one classic each week.
This month I have focused on the Australian books lurking in my TBR in honour of AusReadingMonth.
The White Earth by Andrew McGahan is a Miles Franklin Award winning book that has been on my TBR pile for several years now.
After his father’s death, young William is cast upon the charity of an unknown great-uncle, John McIvor. The old man was brought up expecting to marry the heiress to Kuran Station—a grand estate in the Australian Outback—only to be disappointed by his rejection and the selling off of the land. He has devoted his life to putting the estate back together and has moved into the once-elegant mansion.
McIvor tries to imbue William with his obsession, but his hold on the land is threatened by laws entitling the Aborigines to reclaim sacred sites. William’s mother desperately wants her son to become John McIvor’s heir, but no one realizes that William is ill and his condition is worsening.
Ruth Cracknell’s memoir Journey from Venice is a recent find from a second hand book shop in the Blue Mountains. I’ve heard wonderful, heart-warming things about this book over the years and couldn’t resist it when I spotted it. First published in 2000, this grief journal becomes even more poignant when Ruth Cracknell also died in May 2002.
The Serene City beckons, promising Paradise regained for Ruth Cracknell and her husband, Eric, as they set forth on a carefully planned holiday.
What they are seeking is time. Time to think, time to gaze, time for each other. But from the moment the holiday becomes an uncharted journey, their time is measured.
Journey From Venice is confronting yet deeply comforting – an acknowledgement of the miracle that is unconditional love.