Novel ideas



I’ve been making a start on my resolutions for 2014! I’ve decided on a novel for January already: Carpentaria by Alexis Wright. It was a suggestion by my good friend Tim, who writes:

Leading up to Australia day (Jan 26), I think it’s always good to be thinking through the issues of dispossession of Aboriginal people in this country, particularly as written by Aboriginal people and this novel is a good one for that.

Then today I read Sovili Govinnage’s article on why she will only be reading books by writers of colour this year, which cemented my desire to read things by people from all around the world. I won’t be following the same guideline, but I will limit the number of authors from western European backgrounds that I read to perhaps two for the year.

So here are my ideas so far. I have sent suggestion requests to a few of my other literary friends and are yet to hear back from them, so I expect my list will expand still more! Next step will be to narrow down…

The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
The Waves – Virginia Woolf
Beloved – Toni Morrison
Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists – Robert Tressell
White Fang – Jack London
The Damned United – David Peace
The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafón
White Teeth – Zadie Smith
Americanah – Chimamanda Adichie
The Lowland – Jhumpa Lahiri
The Buddha in the Attic – Julie Otsuka
Another Country – James Baldwin
The Glass Palace – Amitav Ghosh
The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf – Ambelin Kwaymullina
Tiddas – Anita Heiss
Saree – Su Dharmapala
Supernova: The Knight, the Princess and the Falling Star – Dewi Lestari
Middlemarch – George Eliot
Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami