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What to Read This Month – April Reading Guide

How great is reading! We round up some great new books this month from Allen & Unwin, to keep you entertained and immersed in the world of reading. Enjoy our April Reading Guide!

Ten Steps to Nanette – Hannah Gadsby

Hannah Gadsby is an award-winning Australian comedian who thinks quickly and moves slowly. She is sardonic, laconic and, after numerous bone-crunching accidents, bionic. Her droll delivery, delightful wordplay and heart-breakingly funny, self-deprecating observations have delighted audiences all over the world. Tasmania’s own Hannah Gadsby stopped stand-up comedy in its tracks with her multi-award-winning show, Nanette, which played to sold out houses in Australia, the UK and the US. 

The Jane Austen Remedy – Ruth Wilson

The book blends together Ruth’s memoir with Austen’s characters and themes, Austen’s personal story, dashes of very accessible criticism and philosophy and general bookishness. It’s clever and articulate and lyrical, and very much a book for readers. The passion Ruth has for reading shines through so brightly, and fans of Jane Austen won’t be disappointed. This book is her reading memoir, exploring how Ruth has re-read her life through the lens of her favourite Jane Austen novels.

Keith Urban – Jeff Apter

A comprehensive biography that documents how Keith Urban lived out his childhood dream – and the price he’s had to pay to reach the top. Jeff Apter is the author of more than 20 music biographies, many of them bestsellers. Jeff was on staff at Rolling Stone for several years and has written about various  legends such as Aretha Franklin, Patti Smith, Robbie Robertson, Bob Dylan, Chrissie Hynde and Lucinda Williams. Keith Urban is the definitive biography of an Australian superstar.

Daughters of Eve – Nina D. Campbell

An unputdownable feminist revenge thriller from a bold new voice in the genre. Daughters of Eve is a stunning debut that will take you to the edge and dare you to look down. Nina D. Campbell had a respectable career as a professional writer, working across the community and public sectors, before a midlife health challenge changed her priorities. Nina now writes fiction full-time, with a focus on stories about strong women and is a thrilling new voice in crime fiction.

Rising Dust – Fleur McDonald

Detective Dave Burrows returns in another breathtaking tale of rural suspense. Fleur McDonald has lived and worked on farms for much of her life. After growing up in the small town of Orroroo in South Australia, she became a jillaroo before spending twenty years farming 8000 acres, east of Esperance, WA. Fleur likes to write about strong women overcoming adversity, drawing inspiration from her own experiences in rural Australia. 

In Love – Amy Bloom

An astonishing and brave memoir of life, love, and assisted death, from the author of White Houses. Written with piercing insight and wit, In Love is Amy Bloom’s intimate, authentic and startling account of losing Brian, first slowly to the disease of Alzheimer’s, and then on becoming a widow.

It charts the anxiety and pain of the process that led them to Dignitas, while never avoiding the complex ethical problems that are raised by assisted death.

Want more? Click here for Book Review: Emily Ratajkowski’s My Body or here for our Interview with Artist Dina Broadhurst.