We asked our VIPs, ALA Board members and staff for their recommendations for what to read, watch and listen to over the summer break.
|Hon. Brendan O’Connor – Minister for Skills and Training|
Just finished reading Ted Kennedy, A Life by John A. Farrell.
Planning to read The rise and fall of the great powers by Paul Kennedy and continue with the Bosch series.
|Hon. Ged Kearney – Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care |
Bulldozed by Niki Savva
Fisk and Derry Girls
Baker Boy, Bonnie Raitt and Judith Lucy’s podcast ‘Overwhelmed and Living’
|Hon. Andrew Leigh – Assistant Minister for Competition, Charities & Treasury|
When out running on the bush trails, I usually listen to a podcast or audiobook. I have ploughed through a few duds but have also enjoyed several gems. Here are some of my favourites of 2022.
The Rabbit Hutch – Tess Gunty: A darkly beautiful novel about teens surviving a turbulent childhood in one of the American towns, hit hard by deindustrialisation.
QAnon and On – Van Badham: One of Australia’s most incisive writers takes a deep dive into the murky world of conspiracy theories. A fascinating and brave book (if you want to know just how brave, listen to our conversation about the book at ANU, available on my website).
More recommendations here.
|Hon. Gayle Tierney – Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education & Minister for Agriculture|
Reading and visiting
I am looking forward to taking a short break, and reading Bulldozed by Niki Savva, and taking time to see some of the great exhibitions on offer in Victoria. Recently I visited Geelong Gallery to see Mandy Martin – A Persistent Vision. I encourage you to see this great exhibition which runs until February 5.
|Hon. Blair Boyer – Minister for Education Training and Skills, South Australia|
The White Lotus Season 2
Fontaines D.C. – Skinty Fia
Exiles by Jane Harper
|Prof. Annette Foley – ALA President|
The Philosopher’s Zone and the Minefield on Radio National.
Hot picks in the reading department:
Bulldozed by Nikki Savva and The Land Where Lemons Grow by Helena Attlee.
|Kathleen Priestly – ALA Vice president|
My Summer Hot Pick is a book series by Esther Campion: Leaving Ocean Road; A Week to Remember and The House of Second Chances. Esther is a wonderful Australian fiction author and a local author in my hometown.
Esther has been likened to Maeve Binchy and is a light read of travel and romance.
|Ros Bauer – ALA Board member|
My summer reading recommendation is A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman.
|Kirrily Loveday – ALA Board member|
Limberlost - R. Arnott – an extraordinary chronicle of life and land: of carnage and kindness, blood ties and love.
How To Fail With Elizabeth Day – a podcast that celebrates the things that haven’t gone right.
Fisk – a high-end contract lawyer Helen Tudor-Fisk (Kitty Flanagan), is forced to take a job at a shabby, suburban law firm following a professional fall from grace.
|Chris McCall – ALA Board member|
Catching up on the ABC Conversations and This American Life podcasts.
Warlight – M. Oodjante and A Place near Eden – N. Pearce.
|Jenny Macaffer – Chief Executive Officer|
Gum – A. Hay – looks at our iconic ancient native trees and tells their story through different times.
These are the days (stories and songs) – M. Thomas – Australian singer-songwriter – Weddings Parties Anything and Mick Thomas and the Sure Thing.
Writing in the Sand – M. Garrick: the story of legendary Yothu Yindi and how their song Treaty gave voice to a movement.
Words are Eagles (selected writings and nature and language of place) – G. Day: book of essays on the wonders of the natural world.
Kutcha Edwards album – Hope.
Can’t wait for the new Utopia series on the ABC.
|Catherine Devlin – Operations Manager|
Happy to give most genres a listen but currently on the turntable (yes, not as convenient as streaming but you can’t beat the sound and experience) My Boy – Marlon Williams and Idiot Prayer – Nick Cave
I usually have a few books on the go – currently Foal’s Bread (Gillian Mears) – an oldie but a goodie and Faith, Hope & Carnage (Nick Cave & Sean O’Hagan) – insightful and moving.
|Henrik Steenberg – Projects Officer|
The Silk Roads & The New Silk Roads – P. Frankopan
The History of Philosophy & The Frontiers of Knowledge – A. C. Grayling
|Gina Perry – Communications Coordinator|
Crime fiction is my way of unwinding and I’m looking forward to working my way through a pile of new books over the summer. I particularly love Aussie crime and a highlight for me this year was newcomer Sally Bothroyd’s Brunswick Street Blues. It’s witty, fun and full of quirky characters. A great read.
|Georgia Firth – Membership and Professional Development Officer|
Summer Love – this Aussie dramedy takes place in one modern holiday house and features a new cast of characters with different dynamics; some tense, some silly.
Stuff You Should Know – podcast – Every episode covers a topic that we ‘should know’ about. For example, why do we get goosebumps?
Low Altitude Living – Ocean Alley – Ocean Alley has been making music for just over a decade, but it wasn’t until 2019 that these boys from the Northern Beaches of NSW cracked the number 1 spot on Triple J’s Hottest 100 with their song ‘Confidence’. I’ve had this on repeat since its release in October.