Mailbox Monday – Kate Forsyth and Gail Jones

Look what arrived in my mailbox during the last fortnight!

Two books by great Aussie authors and a musical treat.

 

Bitter Greens by Kate ForsythBITTER GREENS by Kate Forsyth

(Amazon / Kobobooks / Booktopia )

Charlotte-Rose de la Force has been banished from court by the Sun King, Louis XIV, after a series of scandalous love affairs. She is comforted by an old nun, Sœur Seraphina, who tells her the tale of a young girl who, a hundred years earlier, is sold by her parents for a handful of Bitter Greens …

After Margherita’s father steals a handful of greens – parsley, wintercress and rapunzel – from the walled garden of the courtesan, Selena Leonelli, they give up their daughter to save him from having both hands cut off.

Selena is the famous red-haired muse of the artist Tiziano, first painted by him in 1513 and still inspiring him at the time of his death, sixty-one years later. Called La Strega Bella, Selena is at the centre of Renaissance life in Venice, a world of beauty and danger, seduction and betrayal, love and superstition.

Locked away in a tower, growing to womanhood, Margherita sings in the hope someone will hear her. One day, a young man does …

Three women, three lives, three stories, braided together to create a compelling story of desire, obsession, black magic, and the redemptive power of love.

Five Bells by Gail JonesFIVE BELLS by Gail Jones

(The Nile / Amazon )

On a radiant day in Sydney, four adults converge on Circular Quay, site of the iconic Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge. Crowds of tourists mix with the locals, enjoying the glorious surroundings and the play of light on water.

But just as Circular Quay resonates with Australia’s past, each of the four carries a complicated history from elsewhere. Each person is haunted by past secrets and guilt. Ellie is preoccupied by her sexual experiences as a girl, James by a tragedy for which he feels responsible, Catherine by the loss of her beloved brother in Dublin, and Pei Xing by her imprisonment during China’s Cultural Revolution.

Told over the course of a single Saturday, Five Bells describes four lives that come to share not only a place and a time but also mysterious patterns and ambiguous symbols, including a barely glimpsed fifth figure, a young child. By nightfall, when Sydney is drenched in a summer rainstorm, each life will have been transformed by the events of this day.

Some Night by Fun

And for a bit of fun, I bought myself a fantastic albumSome Nights” by a band aptly called Fun. This is a feel-good album with anthemic tunes and a great percussive beat.

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13 Comments on "Mailbox Monday – Kate Forsyth and Gail Jones"


Guest
March 27, 2012

I am not familiar with these two authors but both books sound like books I would enjoy! I’ll have to check them out!

Guest
March 27, 2012

I haven’t heard of Bitter Greens before but it sounds wonderful. Enjoy!

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March 27, 2012
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March 27, 2012

Five Bells caught my eye. Happy reading (and listening)!

Guest
March 27, 2012

Gorgeous looking books! Five Bells looks appealing to me. Enjoy!

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Guest
March 26, 2012

This is the 1st time I’m seeing both those books and they sound amazing. Hope you enjoy.

Guest
March 26, 2012

I hope you enjoy all your books. The first two looks really interesting.

Guest
March 26, 2012

Five Bells and Bitter Greens looks really interesting. I hope you enjoy them all!

Guest
March 26, 2012

Five Bells sounds good. Enjoy your new books and music!

Guest
March 26, 2012

I’ve heard great things about Five Bells! I hope you love it and Bitter Greens.

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I’m curious about Five Bells –enjoy

Guest
March 26, 2012

My reading of Aussie authors has been limited. Making a note of these two for my next trip to Melbourne!

Guest
March 26, 2012

I have Bitter Greens to read too and I am really looking forward to it! Just have to find time.