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by Gillian Ching (subscribe)
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Published April 1st 2020
Read the hours away with a great book
Dr Seuss once said, "The more that you READ, the more things you will KNOW. The more that you LEARN, the more places you'll GO "

At a time when we are coming to terms with social distancing and isolation, what a great chance to catch on some reading and dive into your favourite or soon to be favourite new read. Be transported to another time, another place and meet a whole raft of new fictional friends.

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Books and reading are so valuable and enriching for your mental and emotional well-being which can only help during times of social distancing and self-isolation.

They help us to immerse ourselves in another world or involve us in a topic we find compelling. Books have been known to improve depression and mental well being by providing concentration. In this way, it improves memory and focus.

Reading also improves overall sleep quality, pattern and restfulness and enables the reader to relax and de-stress.

So what are you waiting for? Here are some books and short reviews to help make your choice that little bit easier.:

1. Frieda, the Original Lady Chatterley by Annabelle Abbs
Meet the woman who inspired one of literature's most controversial novels, Lady Chatterley's Lover and embarked on an emotionally charged relationship with author D H Lawrence. Just who was Frieda Lawrence and why did she leave her marriage and her children to be with one of the world's most acclaimed novelists?

2. The Whole Heart by Jacqueline Henry
This short, sweet picture book helps us to understand and to come terms with loss and grief to restore a whole and full heart.

3. Face It: A Memoir of Debbie Harry by Debbie Harry

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Learn more about the life and style of music icon and quintessential New York rock chick, Debbie Harry in this official, honest and reflective autobiography. Learn about her early years before being frontwoman of punk bank, Blondie and get an insight into the music which shaped a generation.

4. The Last Paradise by Di Morrisey
Take a trip to Bali in this island based novel about taking chances to create a brave new life. This is one of the latest releases by one of Australia's favourite and prolific writers.

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5. Tennison by Linda La Plante

Follow the exploits of young UK police recruit Jane Tennison on the London beat as she investigates and helps solve her first crime and learns about herself along the way. From this best selling crime author, Lynda La Plantes' this book was later brought to life in a TV series starring Helen Mirren.



6. The Woman Next Door by Liz Bryski
A story of friendship and community among woman and their families as they support each other through some of their best and worst times.

7. Your Second Life Begins When You Realise you Only Have One by RaphaŽlle Giordano

This charming French novel is a story about a woman whose mission to cure her "routine-itis" which leads her to lasting joy and true personal fulfilment understanding,

8. The Cottage at Rosella Cove by Sandie Docker
Uncover the secrets found is a series of letters found in a rambled home in Rosella Cove. Who were the letters written to? Why were they hidden away for so long? What will become of the once-loved cottage?

9. Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
Described as the Australian "To Kill A Mockingbird", this coming of age novel will have your cheering, crying and hoping for Jasper and his friends. Set in rural Australia after one of its young female residents goes missing, it contains themes of racism, young love and finding the truth. A true Australian literary classic.

10. Family Baggage by Monica McInerney
A fun read about a family travel business. Follow Harriet as she leads a group of eccentric travellers on a tour of the UK, recalling the places and characters featured in the fictional Willoughby television series. But this family has baggage - family baggage to resolve.

So what are you waiting for? Take Dr Seuss' advice and start a new book or re-visit an old favourite today.
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Thanks Gillian - always looking for good books to read.Had read only one on your list.
by May Cross (score: 3|6724) 93 days ago
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