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Tim Winton
CATEGORIES: Classic/Culturally Significant | Sense of Culture

From the A Year of Reading the World: “Against the backdrop of the [Second World War] and its fallout, Winton unfolds the tribulations, rivalries, and neuroses of the debt-ridden Pickles family and their tenants the Lambs, who move into town after a shrimping accident leaves their eldest brain-damaged and strips them of their faith. These he… tests the boundaries of conventional wisdom on fate, personhood, evil and luck, charting the gradual coming-together of the two clans as each of their members seeks some sort of peace with his or her lot.”

(Recommended by Ann Morgan, author and TED speaker)

A Guide to Berlin

Gail Jones
CATEGORIES: Sense of Culture

Although its title may make it seem like the book goes against the criteria for this project, it is, in fact, a novel (not a travel guide), one that was long-listed for Australia’s Stella Prize. From A Year of Reading the World: “Told through the eyes of Cass, a young Australian woman who rents a bedsit in Berlin to try to write and falls in with a group of foreign nationals living in the city, the novel explores the surprising, strange, and sometimes terrible things that link us.”

(Recommended by Ann Morgan, author and TED speaker)

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