Here is my very quick, last minute contribution to Leigh Kramer's link up
All the Birds, Singing Evie Wyld
No Place Like Home Caroline Overington
The Narrow Road To The Deep North Richard Flanagan
The new Alexander McCall Smith was, as always, a delight. Matthew Lee Anderson's The End of Our Exploring was challenging and intensely cerebral. Losing February was frustrating but interesting with a fully dimensional central character/narrator. (Sidenote: if you don't like any erotica in your fiction I wouldn't recommend this one!) No Place Like Home was up there with Overington's best. I Came To Say Goodbye is still my favourite but this one was fast paced and fascinating, tragedy alongside whip smart social commentary. Evie Wyld is new to me. All The Birds, Singing got inside my head in a not all together welcome way but she's an incredible storyteller and lyrical writer for sure.
Last but not least, the new Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road To The Deep North. Words fail me completely. Doubtless one of the best novels I have ever read. Horrifying, tragic, illuminating, stark misery and transcendent beauty co-existing in one magnificent work. It's hard to recommend this one without extreme caution to sensitive readers but I truly believe it is essential reading for any Australian ...or human! If the competition wasn't so steep this year (um, Tim Winton anyone?) I'd say Miles Franklin winner for sure.
Wonderland Though it's really grown on me, the theme song is still my favourite thing. Here it is (with a little of the show's footage too):
*PSA - Ja'ime is a satire, folks. The outrage from one side and adulation from the other are both missing the point entirely.
What have you all been reading, watching, etc. in October? Looking forward to finding out over at Leigh's place