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Carolyn’s Terrific Twelve Reads for 2012 by Carolyn McDowall

Posted on December 22nd, 2012 by in Art, Australia, Biography, Fiction, History, Non-Fiction, Reference, Society

Carolyn publishes book offers site every day. Like so many people caught up in the world of reading she has a wide ranging interest in the written word. These are her terrific twelve reads for 2012, not necessarily in any order. Click the red links.

People by Alan Bennett is a very funny, insightful and wittily pointed drama about an aristocrat who finds herself living in poverty in a mouldering pile which the National Trust wants to renovate and run.

50 Shades of Grey Matter by Australia’s National Living Treasure Karl Kruszelnicki who is the Julius Sumner Miller Fellow at the University of Sydney, a qualified medical doctor, engineer, physicist and mathematician and appears in the list of the Top 15 Most Trusted Australians.

Finding Mr Darcy by Amanda Hooton is a witty, street smart and, above all, wise approach to modern dating, which proves that some things – especially the pursuit of love – really are timeless.

Compiled by the Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth, the influential writer Anthony Arnove and acclaimed historian David Horspool, The People Speak reminds us that history is not something gathering dust on a library shelf – and that democracy has never been a spectator sport.

Johannes Grave’s study of the great German Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich is one of the best art books around, with 225 illustrations. It is an adroit summing up of the man who was able to stir up complex emotions about divinity, nature and man’s role in the world. His ‘most famous’ painting ‘Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog is a symbol of the enlightenment

Nelson: A Dream of Glory by John Sugden combines ground-breaking scholarship with a magisterial biography that is benchmark standard against which all subsequent books about Admiral Horatio Nelson will have to be judged.

Team of Rivals by Pulitzer Prize winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin is brilliant multiple biography centred on Lincoln’s mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in American history.

Country Girl by Edna O’Brien is an honest memoir from the renowned novelist and biographer, which charts her life from a childhood in 1930s Ireland to her encounters with Hollywood giants, pop stars and literary titans

Jack of Diamonds, the final book by Australia’s legendary writer Bryce Courtenay and a story of chance, music, corruption and love. Courtenay was the best selling author of The Power of One. He died in November 2012 and will be sorely missed by his legion of fans and the Australian public

The J.M. Barrie Ladies’ Swimming Society by Barbara J. Zitwer about a New Yorker charged with overseeing the renovation of the stately home in England where J.M. Barrie wrote Peter Pan, although it will not be the sort of adventure she might have expected.

Give Me Excess of It by Australia’s best-known – and best-loved – musical figures Richard Gill, a warm, extremely funny, highly opinionated, occasionally rude (where warranted) memoir sublimely full of the love of music.


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