Graphic Novel Review | Hidden by Mirranda Burton

hidden-by-mirranda-burton-book-review-paiges-pagesTITLE: Hidden
AUTHOR & ARTIST: Mirranda Burton
PUBLISHER: Black Pepper Publishing
RELEASE DATE: 2011
GENRE: Adult Graphic Novel, Short Memoir
PAGE COUNT: 96


Hidden is a powerful introduction to disability narratives.  As the first book I’ve read representing adult intellectual disability, it lays the foundation for me to engage with the topic with better understanding and compassion.  Importantly, it opened my eyes to the key issues surrounding adult intellectual disability. Continue reading

Book Review | Springtime: A Ghost Story by Michelle de Kretser

Springtime a Ghost Story Paige's PagesTITLE: Springtime: A Ghost Story
AUTHOR: Michelle de Kretser
PUBLISHER: Allen & Unwin
RELEASE DATE: October 22, 2014
GENRE: Short Fiction, Adult Fiction
PAGE COUNT: 92


Despite its name, Springtime: A Ghost Story is not actually a ghost story.  This book thoughtfully explores a young Australian woman’s “ghosts” to show how the past is not easily left behind when trying to forge a new future.   

Frances and her partner, Charlie, have chips on their shoulders.  They both want a life separate from the ways of their parents, but now share many of their parents’ idiosyncrasies.  When Frances spies a ghostly woman in her neighbour’s garden, it puts her relationships and past into a new perspective. Continue reading