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Book Review – A Month of Sundays by Liz Byrski

A Month of Sundays

Liz Byrski

Macmillan

RRP: $32.99

“Four women, their most treasured books, a lifetime of stories…”

“For over ten years, Ros, Adele, Judy and Simone have been in an online book club, but they have never met face to face. Until now…”

In Liz Bryski’s “A Month of Sundays” a group of women who have only discussed books via Skype, get the opportunity to spend a month together in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.  For their time together, each woman must bring along a book which means a lot to them for everyone to read and which will, therefore, teach the others more about them.   As someone who has been a book club member, this story immediately appealed to me.  I was also interested to see what books would be chosen by the characters.  I wasn’t disappointed!

Adele, Judy, Simone and Ros are each given time for their own story to be introduced at the start – we are told something of their background and where their life is at now, plus the reader learns what book they will be bringing (but not necessarily why at this stage).  What I found so refreshing was that these are mature women who are all in their 60s and 70s.  Their lives have been varied, but where they are similar is that they are each at a crossroads of some sort and each goes through something of a self-discovery process during the book, part of which is learning to get along with three other people they had previously only seen on their computer screen.  This book is written so well by Byrski, that I felt I was on their journeys with them.  I could certainly identify with a lot of the feelings expressed and I really enjoyed learning about the books they chose – I have already added one of them to my “To Read” list.

If you think you’d enjoy a story about women in later life who not only learn more about themselves, but who support each other unconditionally, then I suggest you add “A Month of Sundays” to your “To Read” list – you won’t regret it!

About the Author

Liz Byrski is the author of ten novels and a number of non-fiction books. Her work has been published in the UK, France and Germany. She has worked as a journalist and a broadcaster with ABC Radio and has been an advisor to a minister in the Western Australian Government. Liz is an Associate Professor in the School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry at Curtin University, where she is also the Senior Fellow in the China Australia Writing Centre.

About Julie Best

Julie Best
Julie is our Operations Manager, helping to coordinate everything that is going on at Eldernet and overseeing the Customer Support team. Her varied background means she has a wealth of skills and experience. With a BA in English Literature and 18 years as an English teacher Julie is more than qualified to judge a books worth!

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