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