Cliff Young lived a relatively quiet life for his first sixty one years. A potato farmer from rural Victoria he worked hard on the family farm, was a supportive brother, son and uncle and liked to run in his spare time. Not just casual jogs, but twenty or thirty kilometres at a time. Although he had entered a few races and had even run a marathon or two he was still considered a very outside chance, a joke even, when he entered the inaugural Sydney to Melbourne ultra-marathon in 1983. Yet in less than a week he was to prove not only other race goers but the whole of Australia wrong.
Although I actually reviewed this book a couple of years ago, it seems appropriate to re-post on Australia Day, given the amazing life Albert Facey lived.
This is one of those amazing books where you just can't find enough superlatives to convey exactly how much you enjoyed it and/or the impact it had on you. As a school student and as an adult you often hear tales of how difficult life was for previous generations, but it is only through reading a first hand account like this one, that you really "get" it.
At 28 Cass Lehman has spent much of her life locked away from the outside world due to a unique psychic gift that allows her to experience other people's deaths (if she is in the same location the death occurred). Although this self imposed exile is of her own choosing and she shares a happy home life with her mother and grandmother, Cass yearns to broaden her horizons and experience life to the full.
The Great Aussie Reads Reading and Reviewing Challenge is back on for 2014. We welcome anybody to participate. All you need to do is read and review at least one book by an Australian author. It does not need to be a new release book, it can be any book (fiction or non-fiction) as long as the author is Australian.
Go on, give it a go!
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2013 has been a busy and interesting year here at Great Aussie Reads. The major change was upgrading our website. It was a significant undertaking, but we think it has made a big change to how you can navigate the site and linking the books with Goodreads has made an easy way for readers to find information about books they are interested in reading. There is still more work to be done and we aim to get a lot more books on the site as time permits. Please let us know if there are any books you would like to see listed on here. As part of the change we migrated our blog over here to our website, rather than continuing it as Aussie Blogs. Again it was in the interests of making the site simpler to navigate and also easier for us admins to post content. As the sidebar says the old blog is still up and running and will continue to be for some time yet as there are several links on other sites we would like to remain active. We will also aim to have all the old reviews moved over here in the near future.
As far as traffic goes, we have had a major increase in visitor numbers this year. We now average around 2500 hits per month and this number continues to grow. Our number of Facebook fans has also inreased significantly. Thank you to all those who have supported our site - please continue to share our links with people you know, especially those who enjoy reading.
It has been another great year of reading in the Great Aussie Reads challenge. Although my efforts have sometimes been a bit inconsistent, overall I am happy with what I managed to read and review. The final tally was 37 books read and 27 reviewed. All reviews have been listed here on the blog and are also on my Goodreads page: (Click HERE).
I have read a mixture of new release and previously published books and the main genres I covered were fiction (contemporary/thriller), biography/autobiography and true crime. My favourite fiction books were Traces of Absence by Susan Holoubeck, House For All Seasons by Jenn. J McLeod, Blood Secret by Jaye Ford and After the Darkness by Honey Brown. My favourite biographies/autobiographies were Through My Eyes by Lindy Chamberlain and Love, Sweat and Tears by Zelie Bullen. In true crime I was fascinated by The Satin Man and very interested to learn the history of police corruption in Queensland in the 1950s - 1980s in Three Crooked Kings.
As I mentioned in my AWW challene wrap up, I have drastically altered the landscape of my reading and I am loving the change. I now read around 80% Australian content and after making an effort to source it, I have realised there is plenty of it around. You just have to look beyond the best seller lists or the front displays at major bookshops.
Thank you very much to Pete for contributing several reviews as part of the challenge.