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Here is a question for you. Is there a scent that you associate with books? I don’t mean the smell of the paper, or the leather when you walk into a room full of old books. I mean, is there a smell that immediately transports you to reading heaven? Do you associate a perfume with a particular memory of reading, or a particular book?

For me, it is an easy ask. The minute I catch even a whiff of jasmine, I am in sensory heaven – jasmine poking through the paling fence, a sprig or two tucked behind one ear, sun on my back, book in my hand, sheltered from the cold early spring wind in a walled courtyard, pot of tea steaming by my Continue reading

Stand by for MICE by Gordon Reece – it is absolutely compelling

I couldn’t get out of bed this morning, and it certainly wasn’t because it was the coldest morning in Sydney in more than 60 years. Nup, I was in the grip of Gordon Reece’s MICE. Cold or no cold, I just had to stay put and read.

Mice is about Shelley and her mum who have had enough of being bullied. Retreating to an isolated cottage in the country, they think their troubles are over, but one night an intruder distrubes their peace and something inside Shelley snaps.

This book  cause a huge stir at the recent international bookfair in Bologna. It was hotly contested with rights sold to young adult and adult publishers for up to six figure sums on four continents. Having now read about a third of it, I can tell you that this compelling, psychological thriller with powerful moral questions is as riveting as it is relevant.

It is not just me spruiking Mice. Here are some snippets from two other Australian booksellers (which I have edited down to take out the spoilers).

Read Mice this morning. Wow! Go the underdog, I say! Despite the violence, it has a vulnerability that never completely dissipates. Unpopular though this opinion may be, and their individual differences notwithstanding, I far far preferred Mice to Beautiful Malice.

And another one.

So…I finished Mice ….It is a great psychological journey – an insight into how the bullied can become the bulliers. And, really, Shelley… I did really enjoy it – it deserves a “compelling” moniker.

Mice will be published in September and is available to pre-order here.

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