Trial for Fakes written about the Art fraud of artist Brett Whitely’s paintings was fascinating, whilst the investigation into the deaths of Dr. Bogle and Mrs Chandler in 1963 was a fizzer, nothing new to report there. An Improbable Friendship two iconic women from enemy camps Israeli Ruth Dayan and Palestinian Raymonda Tawil and their 40 year peace mission. They are still friends to this day. Another good read was When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro, set in England in the 1930’s. A talking book that was good value An Uncommon Woman by Nicole Alexander was set in rural Queensland. An author not widely read by our group Penny Vincenzi has written a sizzling story Almost a Crime, of marital infidelity between a charity guru and her lobbyist husband. During a discussion about Bryce Courtenay’s Four Fires the question was asked is it a good read because it was set locally? The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See, Korean Women Divers borrowed from the library was very good. The Butchers in Berlin had too many characters. Red Joan by Jenni Rooney received the same comment as the film, very dry and left readers in mid air. An unusual book The Memory Craft by Lynne Kelly a writer from Castlemaine has researched methods of storing memory, we could all learn from that I am sure.
No meeting in November – Melbourne Cup Day, next gathering on the 4th December.