Permafrost

Weather by Jenny Offill

October Book of the Month:

Permafrost

by SJ Norman

Permafrost drew me in and unsettled me in equal measure. I could see parts of myself in the characters, and in the familiarity of the settings, as SJ Norman traces the outline of Australian cities, the expanse of Lake George on the road to Canberra, the experience of being young and queer, or an Australian abroad, or a bookseller in a small, second-hand bookstore. And then, just like that, the prose takes a dark turn and reality seems a less tangible thing. Gothic and haunting, many of these stories are plagued by a sense of loneliness, longing. Unnerved but intrigued, I finished this collection in a day.

– Tahlia

 

One of the most inspiring writers I had read in a long time. Odd and acute, this intriguing collection of short stories consume a sense of Place that has left me feeling... unusually lonely, cold and yet somehow uplifted. It is the strangest of sensations to feel after reading a book. Fulfilled yet at the same time hollow. How can a book make you feel extreme opposites at once? An experience only an extremely skilled writer can achieve!

Each story is lead by a character who’s gender is unknown. How much I adored this! The connection to Place… is headstrong, taking you from Australia, Poland, London, Berlin. No matter which city, I was there. I was experiencing. I was 100% in. A collection of enigmatic shorties which are lyric, dynamic and the finest Australian writing I’ve read in a while. I loved this one so very much. I’m still thinking about it weeks later!  

 – Dean


The First Scientists

Weather by Jenny Offill

October ILF Book of the Month

The First Scientists


Written by Corey Tutt and Illustrated by Blak Douglas 

 
Young Australian of the Year in 2020, Corey Tutt, has created this exciting children’s non-fiction book exploring scientific inventions and innovations from a First Nations perspective. Lavishly illustrated by the terrific Blak Douglas, this book will excite young scientific minds; nourishing a love of science and respect for Aboriginal Peoples' knowledges. Tutt has consulted with Communities to provide local knowledge from the stars and the seasons to medicine which is exciting, accessible and respectful to Aboriginal Peoples' histories, cultures and knowledges! I adore this book in every way!

 – Dean

 

$29.99

 

This is our ILF (Indigenous Literacy Foundation) Book of the Month, which means 10% of the profits from this month's sales of the book will be donated to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

 

 

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