Your guide to preparing for the Mudgee Readers’ Festival

What’s being read in preparation for Mudgee Readers’ Festival?

Each member of a local book group had to choose an author from those coming to Mudgee and give a run down.

Sarah Schmidt “See What I Have Done” tells of the famous murder in Massachusetts where Lizzie Borden was said to have murdered her parents with an axe. The story is told in four voices, and each chapter is in a different voice. This was an interesting and well-told murder mystery with some gruesome but fascinating details.

Melanie Joosten “Berlin Syndrome” a psychological thriller and a gripping story, based on only two characters, and involves a menacing control of one person over another. This was a great read, and the book has recently been made into a film.

Michael Sala “The Restorer” a book about a dysfunctional family caught up in the horror of domestic violence. This was a gripping, believable and fabulously written story. Sala writes with a sensitive perception of human relationships.

Ashleigh Wilson “Art, Life and the Other Thing” a beautifully researched and respectful biography of Brett Whitely. This book resulted in the reader from our book club scurrying to the Brett Whitely gallery in Surry Hills to peer at his work.

Holly Throsby “Goodwood” an atmospheric story with great small town character development. Takes us back to the early 1990s so cleverly. An enjoyable mystery solving read.

Michael Robotham “The Secret She Keeps” a brilliant psychological thriller. This is a very different Robotham, as he gets into the minds of two unusual women. Tackles women’s issues in an incredible way.

Ailsa Piper and Tony Doherty “The Attachment: An Unlikely Friendship” totally and unexpectedly captivating. Two very different people from very different backgrounds and beliefs forge a friendship through emails. 'It fizzes with joy and humour, wrestles with agonising questions, always anchored in compassion and wisdom.' Debra Oswald, author of Useful

Matthew Thompson “Mayhem” is the non-stop, light-on-all-night account of the life and times of Australia's most notorious bandit and prisoner, Christopher 'Badness' Binse. We are all looking forward to hearing him interviewed at the Sunday Long Lunch at Blue Wren.

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