2015 – the abyssinian contortionist – david carlin

the abyssinian contortionist

Today you’ll find me over at Newtown Review of Books, writing about The Abyssinian Contortionist, David Carlin’s biography of Ethiopian-born circus performer, Sosina Wogayehu. I loved writing about this book as much as I loved reading it (spoiler alert, sorry), so I’d love it if you clicked here and had a look at my review. There’s a video of Sosina performing for Circus Oz that’s definitely worth watching!

(Huge thanks to Jean and Linda from NRB for having me!)


In other news, today is Thomas Hardy’s birthday and Hardy fan and scholar, Justin-Paul Sammons is launching The Wessex Cycle – a reading project spanning two years (and seven months!) in which he’ll be re-reading Hardy’s works. If you’d like to join in, head over to the Wessex Cycle blog and sign up. I’m a huge Hardy fan, so I’m definitely in! Expect to see a few posts about Thomas Hardy over the next two years, seven months…

Plus, there’s another reading project I wanted to mention, although I’m a little late. Jane Rawson, author of A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists is encouraging people to read as many books as possible during June and July to raise money for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. The Just Read Marathon began yesterday and goes through until the 31st of July – and it’s such a brilliant idea, I’m seriously considering joining in even though I’m already a couple of days behind. Here’s the official Just Read site.

I’ll have more Emerging Writers’ Festival updates very soon, but in the meantime, thank you and welcome to everyone who’s visited Book to the Future for the first time in the past couple of days. Grab a cup of tea and settle in – I hope you like it here! Feel free to get in touch.

Author: Michelle

Reader, writer, wannabe. Literary critic (with training wheels on). Blogging my way through the 20th century's classic novels in chronological order.

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