Brilliantly combining tragedy, comedy and savage irony, ‘A Handful of Dust’ captures the irresponsible mood of the ‘crazy and sterile generation’ between the wars. The breakdown of the Last marriage is a painful, comic re-working of Waugh’s own divorce, and a symbol of the disintegration of society.
Bryson, who could make a pile of dirt compelling – and yes, Australia is mostly dirt – finds no shortage of curiosities. When he isn’t dodging Portuguese men-of-war or considering the virtues of the remarkable platypus, he visits southwest Gippsland, home of the world’s largest earthworms (up to 12 feet in length).
The villainous He has travelled back in time to mankind’s distant past on the legendary planet Earth of 1984, where he is altering events so that people who opposed him in the Rat’s present cease to exist.
Rich with humour, insight, compassion – and absolute honesty – Tiny Beautiful Things is a balm for everything life throws our way, administered by the author of the New York Times-bestselling memoir, Wild.
A misanthropic matriarch leaves her eccentric family in crisis when she mysteriously disappears in this whip-smart and “divinely funny” novel that inspired the movie starring Cate Blanchett (New York Times).