Carolyn Burke $32.99
Kate McCann $35.00
This week I thought I would feature a book where the title was so strange that I had to dip in to see what it was all about. Unlike other in vogue books that feature dogs and cats and other animals such as Marley and Me by John Grogan or Making the Rounds with Oscar by David Dosa, The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating really does feature a snail. Yes, a small brown snail. How could someone write a book where one of the major characters of the story is so…..bland? I googled the book and found such positive reviews that I had to start reading it, and now I can’t put it down.
Here’s a synopsis from the Australian publisher of the The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey, Text Publishing:
While an illness keeps her bedridden, Bailey watches a wild snail that has taken up residence on her nightstand. As a result, she discovers the solace and sense of wonder that this mysterious creature brings and comes to a greater understanding of the interconnections between species and her own human place in the natural world.
Intrigued by the snail’s molluscan anatomy, cryptic defenses, clear decision making, hydraulic locomotion, and mysterious courtship activities, Bailey becomes an astute and amused observer, providing a candid and engaging look into the curious life of this overlooked and underappreciated small animal.
Told with wit and grace, The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating is a remarkable journey of survival and resilience, showing us how a small part of the natural world illuminates our own human existence.
I’m looking forward to reading more of this little gem this weekend. For more feedback on what others think of this book check out the following link to the book on the Goodreads book networking site.
Biographies and memoirs are a popular choice of reading material for my customers and we have a good range building up in the store. Some that have caught my eye over the last few weeks are:
Memories of Spike Milligan, Norma Farnes
Harper Collins, $35.00
Heralded as brilliant and difficult in equal measure, Spike Milligan is one of the most prolific and mould-breaking writers of the twentieth century. Fantastically funny and incredibly talented, on his death in 2002, Spike left behind him one of the most diverse legacies in British entertainment history.
Creative, inspirational, and at times doggedly loyal, yet simultaneously famously tempestuous, treacherous and fickle, Spike was many things to many people. In Memories of Milligan Norma Farnes sets out to interview those who knew him best, amassing an array of personal memories from fellow performers and comedians, long time friends and former girlfriends. Compiled of intimate stories, small exchanges and habits that go into making up a relationship, be it personal or professional, Memories of Milligan captures another side to the performer′s public persona, to build a complete picture of one of the greatest British comic writers to date.
Ranging from interviews with fellow comedian, Barry Humphires, scriptwriters Glaton and Simpson, director Jonathan Miller, stalwart presenters Michael Palin and Terry Wogan, to comic geniuses such as Eric Sykes and producer George Martin, this original book encapsulates a moving portrait of a man who defied definition during his lifetime, but who is synonymous with a unique era in post-war entertainment.
Hey, You in the Black T-Shirt, Michael Chugg
Pan Macmillan Australia, $34.99
This honest, open and blunt expose of the underbelly of Australian music events is both hilarious and fascinating.
(Courtesy of the Pan Macmillan website)
From the author who gave us “Don’t Tell Mum I work on the Rigs….”, comes a new adventure. At forty years old, a successful writer, husband and father, no longer toiling on offshore drilling rigs, was Paul Carter happily nestled in the cotton wool of suburban life enjoying the fruits of his labour? Was he f**k!