Spring! My favourite season. There is nothing better than grabbing a picnic rug and relaxing under a shady tree with a fabulous book.  These two breathtakingly good novels by two outstanding Australian authors, are sure to keep you captivated for the season.

Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray (River of Dreams) is set on beautiful Wiradyuri country and tells a powerful tale of Aboriginal peoples’ identity and connection to country. Based on shocking true events, Anita Heiss, one of Australia’s most prolific and well-known authors, has written a powerful story of love and family, loss and recovery.  An engrossing must-read historical fiction and a story that will stay with you forever.  Published by Simon Schuster Australia, 1 May 2021

A story of love, grief and brotherhood, We Were Not Men by Australian author, Campbell Mattinson, is a moving and powerful novel that you will be unable to put down.  This book will punch you in the heart from the very beginning then take you on the journey that is the life of twin brothers, Jon and Eden.  As they navigate grief, grow up and become men, you will explore with them what it means to love.  Published by HarperCollins AU, 2 June 2021.


Review by Tunja Cottier from Bargara Book Boutique, 1 Bauer Street, Bargara.