What's hot on my reading list
What I’ve read this month:
1. One of the brightest sparks in my fortnight is when the Future Crunch newsletter lands in my inbox. Future Crunch look at a changing world through the lens of all the positives technology and change are bringing us. I can’t do them justice, but I do highly recommend their work.
2. Niki Savva’s Plots and Prayers book on 2018’s change in Prime Ministers felt a bit discombobulating as someone who was there. From what I can tell, it’s relatively accurate and I was nodding along in parts, but it’s probably only a ‘must-read’ if you’re a political nerd like me.
3. In political offices you get an early email of daily newspaper clips so you can simply and easily get a grip on the relevant news of the day. The Squiz is a bit like this only better, because they condense the news right down but don’t sacrifice our intelligence in doing so.
4. I recently read Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton and this was a heavy book on Australian suburbia in the 1980s. A massive twist in the ending and some pretty riveting stuff – apparently based (broadly) upon the author’s real life experiences growing up.
5. I picked up Six Minutes by Petronella McGovern only because I saw it was set right outside Canberra. Almost home turf for me, this was a very readable, very Liane Moriarty style whodunnit that had me flipping the pages.
What's up next month:
I already know this because the books are in a pile on my side table - begging to be read!
- Salt by Bruce Pascoe, the follow-up to his fascinating Dark Emu on Aboriginal Australia and the birth of agriculture.
- 2018 Booker Prize winner Milkman by Anna Burns. A few pages in, it's a little...dystopian for my liking, but I'll persevere.
- Irregular Safari by Hugh Aldersley. I met Hugh recently at a political event and he was delightful - so I am looking forward to reading this semi-autobiographical novel.
What are you reading that I should add to my pile (or Kindle app)?