Join the HarperCollins Australia Book Club! Here at HarperCollins Australia, we’re not just a company who make, market and sell books, we’re first and foremost huge book nerds! We’re constantly stopping each other in the hallways to recommend a book, dropping by each others desks to lend one and even though we’re surrounded by books all day everyday, we still can’t help ourselves when we’re let loose in a bookshop! That’s why we started the HarperCollins Australia Book Club to make time for getting together and talking about some of the best books on our list!
Even though getting together to talk about our latest book obsessions as a group of co-workers is wonderful (unlike a regular book club, the publishers and editors of books are there in the room to discuss the plot and characters they helped to mould), we wanted to share the bookish love with our wider readers so that we can start an even bigger conversation about some incredible books. Everyone is welcome to join the Goodreads group and we encourage you to leave your thoughts in the discussion thread – we want to know what you think!
The first book we’d like to share with you is the upcoming novel from Gabriel Tallent, My Absolute Darling.
A brilliant and immersive, all-consuming read about one fourteen-year-old girl’s heart-stopping fight for her own soul.
At 14, Turtle Alveston knows the use of every gun on her wall;
That chaos is coming and only the strong will survive it;
That her daddy loves her more than anything else in this world.
And he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her with him.
She doesn’t know why she feels so different from the other girls at school;
Why the line between love and pain can be so hard to see;
Why making a friend may be the bravest and most terrifying thing she has ever done
And what her daddy will do when he finds out …
The reviews so far…
‘Brilliantly urgent, brutal and uncompromising.
Like a witness to a terrible car crash, I couldn’t draw my eyes away’
– Claire Fuller, author of Our Endless Numbered Days
‘There are books we like well enough to recommend, but there are a very few – To Kill a Mockingbird, Catch-22, The Things They Carried – that we remember forever.
To my own shortlist I can now add My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent. Fourteen-year-old Turtle Alveston is a brilliantly rendered creation, and her father is the most terrifyingly believable human monster to inhabit the pages of a novel since Harry Powell in The Night of the Hunter.
This book is ugly, beautiful, horrifying and uplifting’
– Stephen King
‘It is unreal how vivid and compelling this book is. Turtle Alveston is one of the most vibrant characters I’ve come across in a long time, and every scene in this astonishing novel packs so much tension, so much insight, such beautiful prose and such masterful handling of detail, I simply could
not stop reading’
– Phil Klay, author of The National Book Award-Winning Redeployment
Posted on August 1, 2017 by Andrea Johnson