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December 01, 2020

Summer-reading

There are few better ways to enjoy a summer's day than relaxing under a tree with a good book.

Stories, and those who write them, provide us with escape, education, and fresh perspectives. Whether you choose to read sci-fi or mystery this summer, consider theming your book selection to your surroundings.

 

Sip coffee in a café as you delve into a political thriller. Read the memoir of a sporting hero between backyard cricket losses to the grandkids. Or flick through a romance novel as the sun sets on the horizon.

 

Members of one of Ryman Healthcare's village book clubs have done the hard work for you and chosen this summer’s must-reads.

 

Taken on Trust

Written by Terry Waite

 

Marg recommends this autobiography of a man taken hostage in Beirut and kept in solitary confinement for 1,460 days. In that time, Terry wrote his autobiography in his head. Marg says, “It’s an amazing book, it’s really, really worth reading.”

 

Away with All Pests
Written by Joshua S Horn

Margaret has high praise for Away with All Pests. “It was really an amazing story… It was such an interesting book.”

 

Dr Horn’s autobiography documents his travels through the People’s Republic of China as an English surgeon from 1954-1969.

 

“I read anywhere – I always have a book with me.”

Ellen, resident at Ryman Healthcare’s

 

Taken on Trust
Written by Terry Waite

 

Marg recommends this autobiography of a man taken hostage in Beirut and kept in solitary confinement for 1,460 days. In that time, Terry wrote his autobiography in his head. Marg says, “It’s an amazing book, it’s really, really worth reading.”

 

Away with All Pests
Written by Joshua S Horn

Margaret has high praise for Away with All Pests. “It was really an amazing story…It was such an interesting book.”

 

Dr Horn’s autobiography documents his travels through the People’s Republic of China as an English surgeon from 1954-1969.

 

On the Java Ridge
Written by Jock Serong

Award-winning Jock Serong is touted as one of Australia’s most original crime-writing talents. This 2018 book changes tact to discuss Australia’s refugee policy through a fictional lens. In On the Java Ridge, Jock delivers the pace and suspense of a political thriller in the form of a thought-provoking literary novel.

 

Set in the not too distant future, impending catastrophe for an asylum-seeking vessel off the Indonesian coast comes up against the Canberra office of Cassius Calvert, the Australian Minister of Border Integrity. Federal elections are on the horizon, a new hardline maritime assistance policy is being announced, and a storm is brewing at sea. Amid the complexity we meet Roya and her mother, pregnant with Roya’s unborn sister, who are fleeing persecution. In stark contrast, Calvert is a lovable rogue lacking a moral compass who is adept at distorting facts. Be prepared for a page-turner.

 

Photo by Link Hoang on Unsplash

 

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