Books featuring a mother with a mental illness

Book review: Breakthrough

Author: Katerina MitrevskaGenre: MemoirPublisher: Tablo (2020) Image source “Breakthrough is a collection of poems about a childhood overshadowed by a mother’s mental illness. It is about a mother whose untreated postnatal depression gradually deteriorated, leading to her eventual diagnosis as a schizophrenic. These poems explore fear, anger, shame, resentment and rejection that lead to self-recognition, gratitude,… Continue reading Book review: Breakthrough

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Book Review: I am the Minotaur

Author: Anthony McGowanPublisher: Oxford University Press (2021)Genre: Contemporary fiction (for a middle grade readership) Image source “Matthew is 14 and is struggling to fit in - something that's extra hard when you're taking care of your mum, being bullied at school, and have earned the nickname Stinky Mog because of your poor personal hygiene.On top… Continue reading Book Review: I am the Minotaur

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Book Review: Something in the world called love

Author: Sue SalibaPublisher: Penguin (2008)Genre: Contemporary coming of age (for a YA readership) “When Esma moves into 22 Starling Street, she knows she's come to the right place. A place to become someone new. A place to belong.As the seasons change, she finds herself falling deeper and deeper in love. But not in the way… Continue reading Book Review: Something in the world called love

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Book Review: A Million Things

Author: Emily SpurrGenre: Contemporary fictionPublisher: Text (March, 2021) Content warning: Mentions depression and suicide. Image source.Image description in alt text. “Rae is ten years old, and she’s tough. She’s had to be: life with her mother has taught her the world is not her friend. Now suddenly her mum is gone and Rae is alone,… Continue reading Book Review: A Million Things

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Book Review: Tiger Daughter

Author: Rebecca LimGenre: Contemporary fiction (for a middle grade readership)Publisher: Allen and Unwin (2021) Content warnings: mentions of depression, suicide Image source “Wen Zhou is the daughter and only child of Chinese immigrants whose move to the lucky country has proven to be not so lucky. Wen and her friend, Henry Xiao - whose mum… Continue reading Book Review: Tiger Daughter

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Book Review: Eating With My Mouth Open

Author: Sam van ZwedenPublisher: New South (2021)Genre: Essay/Memoir “Eating With My Mouth Open is food writing like you’ve never seen before: honest, bold and exceptionally tasty. Sam van Zweden’s personal and cultural exploration of food, memory and hunger revels in body positivity, dissects wellness culture and all its flaws and shares the joys of being… Continue reading Book Review: Eating With My Mouth Open

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Book review: This is How We Change the Ending

Author: Vikki WakefieldPublisher: Text (2019)Genre: Contemporary fiction (for a young adult readership) “Nate McKee is doing his best to be invisible. He’s worried about a lot of things - how his dad treats Nance and his twin half-brothers; the hydro-crop in his bedroom; his reckless friend, Merrick. Nate hangs out at the local youth centre… Continue reading Book review: This is How We Change the Ending

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Book Review: The Secrets We Keep

Author: Nova WeetmanPublisher: UQP (2016)Genre: Contemporary fiction (for a middle grade readership) Image sourceImage description: light blue cover. At the top of the page, the title written in red text. The top half of a young girl's face is visible. She has brown hair and there are some pictures above her head: a letter, a… Continue reading Book Review: The Secrets We Keep

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Mini Book Reviews: December 2020

I’ve been a bit short on time lately and have read so many great books. So, rather than review them individually, I thought I’d do something different and summarise my December reads in one post! Here they are, in no particular order. Actress by Anne Enwright  Publisher: Vintage (2019) “Katherine O’Dell is an Irish theater… Continue reading Mini Book Reviews: December 2020

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Book Review: The Coconut Children

Author: Vivian PhamPublisher: Vintage Books (2020)Genre: Historical fiction Content warning: mentions of alcoholism, overdose “Life in a troubled neighbourhood demands too much too young. But Sonny wouldn’t really know. Watching the world from her bedroom window, she exists only in second-hand romance novels and falls for any fast-food employee who happens to spare her a… Continue reading Book Review: The Coconut Children