When Hitler comes to power in 1933, a tight-knit group of friends and lovers become hunted outlaws overnight. United in their resistance to the madness and tyranny of Nazism, they flee the country. Dora, passionate and fearless; her lover, the great playwright Ernst Toller; her younger cousin Ruth and Ruth’s husband Hans find refuge in London. Here they take awe-inspiring risks in order to continue their work in secret.
But England is not the safe-haven they think it is, and a single, chilling act of betrayal will tear them apart.Some seventy years later, Ruth is living out her days in Sydney, making an uneasy peace with the ghosts of her past, and a part of history that has all but been forgotten. Continue reading →
Susan Duncan’s bestselling memoir about starting again and risking everything to find the only thing you need.
At 44 Susan Duncan appeared to have it all. Editor of two of Australia’s top selling women’s magazines, a happy marriage, a jetsetting lifestyle covering stories from New York to Greenland, rubbing shoulders with Hollywood royalty, the world was her oyster. But when her beloved husband and brother die within three days of each other, her glittering life shatters. Continue reading →
Once again, Geraldine Brooks takes a remarkable shard of history and brings it to vivid life. In 1665, a young man from Martha’s Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College.
Upon this slender factual scaffold, Brooks has created a luminous tale of love and faith, magic and adventure. The narrator of Caleb’s Crossing is Bethia Mayfield, growing up in the tiny settlement of Great Harbor amid a small band of pioneers and Puritans. Restless and curious, she yearns after an education that is closed to her by her sex. As often as she can, she slips away to explore the island’s glistening beaches and observe its native Wampanoag inhabitants. Continue reading →
Join the discussion this month about #historyread. We will be focusing on all things historical in this discussion (and it will be great to see what ideas people sneak in).
Do you like you #historyread to be real? Do you like the stories around your #historyread or is it the people who make your #historyread come to life?
Is it local stories in your community, or even in your family, which make up your favourite #historyread? Or do you like reading about other places and other times?
Does military history excite you? Or is is social history with the stories of communities, and people living normal lives which are still exotic by being different to your life. Is it recent history, or history from other places and other cultures? Is it Indigenous history?
Australia’s largest celebration of books and reading, Get Reading! is back in 2013 with the ultimate guides to the best Australian reads. Along with the traditional Top 50 Books You Can’t Put Down, in 2013 Get Reading! has collated a list of Australia’s Top 100 Favourite Homegrown Reads, exclusively voted for by subscribers, fans and friends of Get Reading! Continue reading →