It’s that time of year again. Lifeline Bookfest is back at the Brisbane Convention Centre! This biannual festival is a paradise for avid readers with its insanely priced secondhand books. Despite a small budget, I got some great deals. I’m pretty darned excited!
On Beauty by Zadie Smith
Zadie Smith wowed me with her smart and sassy debut, White Teeth. On Beauty is her third novel. The printing is so gorgeous it borders on erotic. Glossy flower patterns overlay a rich chocolate brown background. If you judged this book by its cover, you’d expect wit, sensitivity, and sensuality – three things I know Zadie Smith is gifted with.
Lights Out in Wonderland by DBC Pierre
Remember when I read Vernon God Little? I loved it so much I knew I had to read more by its Booker Prize winning author. I have enormous expectations for DBC Pierre’s third novel and I’m confident he’ll deliver. He wields an irreverent poeticism that makes everything he writes both appalling and beautiful. I can’t wait to see how his later work compares to his groundbreaking debut.
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
I fell in love with the French film adaptation The Hedgehog years ago (strongly recommend!) This 2008 bestseller is translated from the French by Alison Anderson. I’m intrigued to see how the layered story is structured in book-form, and how Muriel Barbery inhabits each one of the unique voices making up her moving narrative.
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
This is the film tie in copy of the Pulitzer Prize winning bestseller. Despite its modest size, this book promises to pack a punch. Cormac McCarthy is notorious for his unconventional but powerful style. I’m excited to appreciate his brave techniques and learn more about writing in the process! This could be the start of a long love affair with an amazing author.
Did you make it down to Lifeline Bookfest this January? If so, what great books did you find? If you have a Bookfest haul to share, I’d love to hear all about it! Plus don’t forget to share your 2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge.