Best Australian books

A_Fortunate_Life

 A FORTUNATE LIFE,  A.B. Facey A Fortunate Life is an autobiography by Albert Facey, published in 1981, nine months before his death. It chronicles his early life in Western Australia, his experiences as a private during the Gallipoli campaign of World War I, and his return to civilian life after the war. It also documents his extraordinary life of hardship, loss, friendship and love. During the initial days of its publication, Albert Facey became a nationwide celebrity. Despite his renowned life, Facey considered his life to be simple and “had no idea what all the fuss was about”. When asked on an interview, where the name of the book originated. He replied, “I called it ‘A Fortunate Life’ because I truly believe that is what I had”. After its great reception it has become a classic piece of Australian literature and is one of Australia’s most beloved books. Since its publication in 1981 it has become a primary account of the Australian experience during World War I. Buy paperback from Penguin books ISBN-13: 978-0140081671   GALLIPOLI,  Alan Moorehead When Turkey unexpectedly sided with Germany in World War I, Winston Churchill, as Sea Lord for the British, conceived a plan: smash… Continue reading

Best American books, part 3

PART 1     PART 2 THE EXECUTIONER’S SONG, Norman Mailer Norman Mailer’s Pulitzer Prize-winning and unforgettable classic about convicted killer Gary Gilmore now in a brand-new edition. Arguably the greatest book from America’s most heroically ambitious writer, THE EXECUTIONER’S SONG follows the short, blighted life of Gary Gilmore who became famous after he robbed two men in 1976 and killed them in cold blood. After being tried and convicted, he immediately insisted on being executed for his crime. To do so, he fought a system that seemed intent on keeping him alive long after it had sentenced him to death. And that fight for the right to die is what made him famous. Mailer tells not only Gilmore’s story, but those of the men and women caught in the web of his life and drawn into his procession toward the firing squad. All with implacable authority, steely compassion, and a restraint that evokes the parched landscape and stern theology of Gilmore’s Utah. THE EXECUTIONER’S SONG is a trip down the wrong side of the tracks to the deepest source of American loneliness and violence. It is a towering achievement-impossible to put down, impossible to forget.   THE FATEFUL TRIANGLE,  Noam Chomsky… Continue reading

– The Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time –

  According to Mystery Writers of America this is the 1995 list of The Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time.     Arthur Conan Doyle: The Complete Sherlock Holmes (1887-1927) Dashiell Hammett: The Maltese Falcon (1930) Edgar Allan Poe: Tales of Mystery & Imagination (1852) Josephine Tey: The Daughter of Time (1951) Scott Turow: Presumed Innocent (1987) John le Carré: The Spy Who Came In From the Cold (1963) Wilkie Collins: The Moonstone (1868) Raymond Chandler: The Big Sleep (1939) Daphne du Maurier: Rebecca (1938) Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None (1939) Robert Traver: Anatomy of a Murder (1958) Agatha Christie: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926) Raymond Chandler: The Long Goodbye (1953) James M. Cain: The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934) Mario Puzo: The Godfather (1969) Thomas Harris: The Silence of the Lambs (1988) Eric Ambler: A Coffin for Dimitrios (1939) Dorothy L. Sayers: Gaudy Night (1935) Agatha Christie: The Witness for the Prosecution (1948) * Frederick Forsyth: The Day of the Jackal (1971) Raymond Chandler: Farewell My Lovely (1940) John Buchan: The Thirty-Nine Steps (1915) Umberto Eco: The Name of the Rose (1980) Fyodor Dostoyevsky: Crime and Punishment (1866) Ken Follett: Eye of the Needle (1978)… Continue reading