In June 1975, Australian couple Annette and Win Henderson find themselves stranded in Libreville, Gabon, after traveling halfway across Africa.
When a thief robs their Kombivan, they are left penniless - with no way to go back and no way to go on. They are saved by a chance meeting with a local expat, who offers them jobs in a remote mining camp in the mountains, close to the Congo border, in a region never visited by tourists, accessible only by canoe. At the camp, Annette battles isolation, culture shock and the challenges of a job for which she is ill-prepared.
She finds solace and joy in the vast equatorial forest a world as enthralling as any David Attenborough film and when she adopts orphaned baby gorilla, Josie, her life changes forever.
Wild Spirit is the intensely moving story of a young Australian woman suddenly immersed in a frontier world, coming face to face not only with the impact of the human population on endangered wildlife, but also with her own quest for meaning. While she has not returned to Africa since, she has continued her interest and work with gorillas and the memories of Gabon have stayed with her a lifetime.
Thrill Seekers is a gritty hard-hitting story of growing up on the wrong side of the tracks and the dangers of too much partying, much too young.
Brian, Douggie, Beck, Jacko and Pete are the Thrill Seekers; young, invincible and willing to risk everything to feel really alive, as long as they’re doing it together. Drink, drugs, sex, it’s all theirs for the taking.
But things change. Brian’s dad is dead, his Mum lost to alcohol. Then his little brother Douggie starts hearing voices. Paranoia sets in.
Suddenly nothing is easy. Nothing is fun. Friends die, friendships fail; the thrill is gone. Is there nowhere left to go, no direction home?
Edwina Shaw has dedicated this novel to the memory of her brother Matthew who was twenty when he killed himself after battling schizophrenia for many years.
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He doesn't look like a tramp, yet he lives on roundabout in a caravan and survives on the leftovers from a nearby motorway service station. He calls himself Quinn, the name of a boy in a world famous series of children's books, but he is nearer retirement than childhood.
What he hopes no one will discover is that he's the real Quinn, immortalised as a child by his mother in her entrancing tales about a little boy's adventures with his triplet sisters.
It is this inheritance he has successfully run away from- until now. When Quinn's reclusive existence is invaded, he is forced to face his past, and the uncomfortable truths and secrets it contains about himself, his sisters and most of all, his mother.
Clare Morrall is the author of four previous novels including "Astonishing Splashes of Colour" which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and most recently "The Man Who Disappeared".
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I loved this book; I found I could really empathize with the main character and his sense of wandering and the desire to just keep going. I have not had the opportunity to travel in the way the narrator has but I have always wanted to. My issue is that I did not want to travel alone.
This book discusses meeting people and traveling with relative strangers and how you can feel like part of a group and yet alone at the same time. I found the last story The Guardian" very powerful. I have read three of the Booker long lists and this is my favorite so far. The writing is clear and efficient and I enjoyed the short story feel of the novel.
The structure of the novel is very different, three distinct journeys with the protagonist playing a different role in each. The writer switches between the first and third person which can be a little unsettling. It is not an easy read but the writing is bewitching and beguiling. I would recommend it for the writing alone. If you are in a reflective, transitory mood this is the book for you.
Sometimes a book comes along which stays with you long after you have turned the last page. Dog Boy is set in late twentieth century Moscow. Four year old Romochka is abandoned by his Mother and Uncle and left to fend for himself. After wandering he finds a home with a pack of feral dogs and survives two brutal winters. The insight into dog behavior as the little boy lives among the pack and slowly becomes one of them is fascinating.
Eva Hornung convincingly explores the universal themes of the human condition, the importance of home and what it means to belong to a family. In this taut narrative we realise the consequences of exclusion and what our animal nature can teach us about survival.
I was really moved by this story, it was at times quite hard to read, but unfortunately the reality of the world we live in is that it is sometimes a difficult place. I loved this book and highly recommend it.
I think we can say winter has officially arrived so it is time to curl up with a good book. This month we recommend "The Lacuna." Barbara Kingsolver takes us on an epic journey from the Mexico City of artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo to the America of Pearl Harbor, FDR, and J. Edgar Hoover. The Lacuna is a poignant story of a man pulled between two nations as they invent their modern identities.
With deeply compelling characters, a vivid sense of place, and a clear grasp of how history and public opinion can shape a life, Barbara Kingsolver has created a rich and daring work of literature, establishing its author as one of the most provocative and important of her time.
Lacuna was one of the favorites of the Rendezvous Reading Group.
Some of us are quite good at communicating, and some of us are simply terrible at it. Sadly, if you fail to communicate effectively you will find much to complain about. Your intentions will often be misinterpreted, and people may react in unpredictable and strange ways to you and your messages.
This book is about much more than just communication.
This book is about personal confidence that allows you to feel unafraid to communicate in the first place, in fact you will even enjoy it!
This book is about how humans interact at a higher level than simple voice, or written communication.
Once you understand the Human Connection, when you engage, people will not only listen, but they will remember the message.
This is a fabulous book for anyone in business or government, as it is a practical guide in how to reach customers, peers, leaders and colleagues, and connect with them. Families will find this book equally useful to create more harmonious family units filled with positive communication. Personal and Intimate Relationships will improve and grow in a nurturing way.
Young People will discover a way to stand out above the rest, be noticed and achieve goals easier. If you feel unnoticed, or unrecognised, then The Human Connection can change all of that, and quickly! Put simply, The Human Connection just makes almost everything easier.
Embracing The Human Connection is a life changing experience that should not be missed!
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