Friday, February 19, 2016

What's New in Biographies

Naomi Jacobs went to sleep one night as a 32 year old mother in 2008, and woke the next morning believing she was a fifteen year old school girl in the year 1992.  Although she didn't know it, she had dissociative amnesia and was unable to recognize her ten year old son Leo, or the house that was hers.  She believed she was living in 1992 when John Major was Prime Minister, before the emergence of mobile phones, DVDs or reality TV. Naomi started to put together pieces of the missing years with the help of close friends and her personal diaries only to be shocked at what she uncovered.  As she explored more deeply she began to experience disturbing flashbacks of traumatic events.
I woke up in the Future is a personal story that is moving and funny, and ultimately an inspiring story of loss and redemption, and the power of second chances.

'I grew up on the world's largest island.'
Island Home is Tim Winton's memoir about how Australia's unique landscape has shaped him and his writing. Island Home reveals Winton's relationship with the Australian landscape and how it has determined his ideas, writing and life.
'Winton's love letter to the vast island continent which has spawned all he has written . . . He gives praise to its grandeur in words as John Olsen and Emily Kngwarreye have done in paint . . . Winton's Australia is teeming and brimming and shrieking and squawking with life.' Rick Feneley, Sydney Morning Herald
The Lady in the Van is soon to be released at the cinemas and is the true story of the recalcitrant Miss Shepherd (played by Maggie Smith) who lived in her broken-down van on Alan Bennett's driveway in Camden. Miss Shepherd is eccentric and stubborn and was not an easy tenant and Bennett, despite inviting her in the first place , was a reluctant landlord.
If you've read any of these titles we'd love you to leave a comment .

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