Book Review

The Reading Room: Book Review

Happy Eva After by Chris Harrison

Happy Eva After is a seriously funny comedy about a man, his wife, his dog, an alluring young woman with a mysterious past, and the nuances of the English language. As a teacher at the Future Perfect Language School, “the Fawlty Towers of London language colleges” (seriously), Sebastian Pink is accustomed to confusion caused by the complexities of the English language. While it could have been just an entertaining comedy-of-errors, the book proves to be much more. This is an intelligent and
well-written novel that sustains a level of wit and dramatic irony without compromising the language, the pace or character development.

Mr Wigg by Inga Simpson

Mr Wigg is definitely one of The Turning Page’s favourite books of 2013. Mr Wigg is an elderly man living on the unsold remainder of his farm who tends to his remnant orchard and his late wife’s flowers, cares for his grandchildren and enchants them with his stories, and reflects on his life. Inga Simpson, a debut author, has written a literary novel that has general appeal enchanting us with her descriptions, from the differing personalities of the orchard’s trees, to Mr Wigg’s daily rituals, and his warm relationship with his grandchildren, never distorted by the somewhat troubled relationship with his own children. Mr Wigg has been shortlisted for the Debut Fiction Award in this year’s Indie Awards, adjudicated by the independent booksellers of Australia.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The story behind the writing of this book is nearly as interesting as the book itself, with Graeme Simsion attempting to sell it as a film script for many years, before turning it into a novel which has now been optioned for a film! At heart a romantic comedy, the story’s hero and narrator Don Tillman is an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love. While at times laugh out loud funny it also gently explores the issue of Asperger’s Syndrome in a sympathetic way. The Rosie Project has also been shortlisted for this year’s Indie Award.


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