A Cool Review for Shine in the Guardian

Shine by Candy Gourlay
'A precious and important novel that also explores exile from neighbours, family and country. The book is about reinvention and the faces we present to the world, whether it be in person, on a postcard or on the internet, all wrapped up in an exciting and perfectly paced story with a disturbing and dramatic climax.'
Philip Ardagh, The Guardian
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Friday, 29 March 2013

I love Tall Story. What should I read?

If you can't see the slideshare, view it here

Dear Candy Gourlay, I loved Tall Story.
What else can I read?

People ask me to suggest books all the time. You're an author, you must know what I will like. But woah! Here's the thing: NO TWO READERS ARE ALIKE.

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One reader's all-time favourite might be another's all-time low.

But that's what's so wonderful about reading. It's personal. No one book will have the same impact. Look at the book reviews on Amazon, people loving and hating the same book with equal passion.

It's OKAY NOT TO LIKE A BOOK. It doesn't make the book bad and it doesn't make you a bad reader.

But if you do like one, how do you figure out what to read? The Slideshare above is my attempt to answer the question by picking out the different aspects of Tall Story that might lead a reader to other books.

Looking for books to love is a treasure hunt. You might want to read ALL these books. Let me know if you do.


  1. Very wise words, Candy. Some great recommendations in there – honoured to be included. But you forgot to mention Shine …

    1. Shine is a very different book! Perhaps I should have added a slide that said 'If you like the author ...you will like Shine'! I'll have to think of a different Slideshare for Shine. I love making Slideshares.

  2. That's great! And I love the recommendations, many of which I've seen and thought I'd like to read but haven't. The only one I've actually read of your suggestions (apart from Tall Story, of course, one of my favourite favourite all time books) is Dave Cousins' Fifteen Days Without a Head, which I'd also recommend highly. Looking forward to checking out the others you've suggested.

    1. Thank you! Bud Not Buddy is adorable - it's been years since I read it, I think it's time to read again. And if you're reading aloud to certain small people, I highly recommend Cosmic (best read by Dad though - it's a Dad's book!)

  3. I love Cosmic, such a great voice and he pulls off a very unbelievable plot with absolute believability.
    Love the slideshow idea, what a great way to answer a reader.

    1. Thanks Maureen! I would love to see what other authors would recommend based on their own books. It would make a good author meme!

  4. Great suggestions stylishly done Candy! The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian would definitely figure on my list of best YA books ever. And I love the Edmund Wilson quote.


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