Reads during May in 2020


I didn’t do much reading during May but these are the books that I finished.

The Journey by Josephine Cox

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon  (I started this in January 2017 and have just returned to it and finished it very quickly.  Not quite sure why I left it, maybe because it was a really thick book.)

The Betrayal by Kate Furnivall

No Safe Place by Richard North Patterson

Passage of Love by Alex Miller

See What You Made Me Do by Jess Hill

The Peppered Moth by Margaret Drabble

The book that had the biggest impact on me during May was a non-fiction book – See What You Made Me Do by Jess Hill

Jess Hill won The Stella Prize for non-fiction with this book.  The link will give you a great insight into just what a powerful book this is.

My elder daughter had read it and she warned me that I would perhaps need something light to read on the side as it was such a confronting book.  I agree.  The book certainly took me out of my comfort zone and told the facts of well researched stories.

“Domestic abuse is a national emergency: one in four Australian women has experienced violence from a man she was intimate with. But too often we ask the wrong question: why didn’t she leave? We should be asking: why did he do it?”

The abuse of women and children is heartbreaking but the treatment by the judicial system is even more so.

Jess Hill’s book will form the basis for a new documentary series to air on SBS TV in 2020. The three-part series of the same name will be hosted by Jess and will expand on the book’s exploration of domestic abuse in Australia.

You can find out more about this book and Jess’s other works here at her website.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. nanacathy2 says:

    Sounds like a thought provoking but harrowing read. Hope some solutions were suggested.

    1. suth2 says:

      The number of women killed by their partner is shocking. You are right in hoping that solutions were suggested. I hope that the suggestions are implemented.

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