Books to curl up with on a rainy afternoon


THE END-product always amazes me when a group of people collaborate and commit to something.

Earlier in the year I attended a book launched by a group of diverse people who met regularly as part of a writing group.

This anthology is a gift to all readers.

It has stories within a story of its own.

The book is called Pieces of North Shore. I enjoyed reading the book, finding it a relaxing colourful read.

The last chapter called ‘These aren’t conversations I have’ left a smile on my face.

It was written by Maria Atwell and is an analogy comparing a working-class Melbourne suburb to the North Shore niceness until the niceness is shattered by an encounter with Maria.

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THE FIRST author wrote from a house’s point of view.

Every house has a story.

This house was perched on sandstone looking north-east towards Gardigal National Park.

The house tells the story of the family. A late 20th to early 21st century window into the life of a Sydney North Shore family.

The launch of the book was at the Stanton Library in North Sydney. It was fitting to launch the book in the library’s conference room, a beautiful room.

The semi-circular windows captured both the light and the rosellas dancing in the maple treetops on that Sunday afternoon.

Cheryl Szatow, a former Kuring-gai mayor (2015-2016), launched the book which contains thirteen original pieces by seven writers. Each of the writers wrote about their various experiences of living in Sydney’s North Shore.

The writers read aloud extracts of their stories, which convinced me to purchase it.

Sue Little, one of the writers, spoke about how the group spent the first couple of years getting to know each other before they wrote the book together.

An overview of some of the pieces follow.

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ANNIE MIRZA’s piece is about a teenager overcoming obesity due to kindness of a resident protector who intervened and busted bullies trying to pick a street fight.

Don’t Call Me Shirley tells how boarding at Riverview introduced David McFadden to living in the North Shore.

He explores and shares his experience of life in different parts and tells how he returned to settle in the North Shore.

Another piece is about crossing the bridge to the promised land and sharing an office dialogue showing different attitudes concerning various Sydney suburbs.

Rosana Wayand found this fascinating when applying for a North Shore rental.

One must be brave to head for the promised land!

Michael Yee’s Borderlands is a conversational piece that lets you listen in to North Shore teenager’s private conversations.

The conversations include different North Shore school divides.

Edu Utku’s first piece A dinner in Lane Cove leaves a smile on your modern face.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the diversity of Sydney life or to anyone who enjoys curling up with a book on a rainy afternoon.

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THE WRITERS signed books and afternoon tea was enjoyed – completing the launch.

If you would like to read Pieces of North Shore it is available as a printed and e-book; Amazon has the eBook, visit:

Selected book shops on North Shore have it:

Henry Hartog Booksellers @ Macquarie Shopping Centre; Novella Fine Books Wahroonga and Lindfield Bookshop, 328 Pacific Highway Lindfield.

LYNDA MITCHELL is Vice President/Public Relations with Happy Hunters Hill Toastmasters Club.