Australian author Brooke Davis' Essential Reading for the Holidays
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Brooke Davis grew up in Bellbrae, Victoria, and now lives in Perth, where she works as a bookseller. She holds an Honours degree at the University of Canberra, and a PhD from Curtin University, both in creative writing. Lost & Found, her first novel, received the ABIA Award for General Fiction Book of the Year, the ABIA for New Writer, the Western Australian Premier's Prize for Emerging Writer, and iBooks Fiction Book of the Year. It was also shortlisted for the Indie Awards Debut and the ABA Awards Book of the Year, and longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award. Lost & Found will be published in thirty countries.
How will you be spending your holidays?
I live in Perth, but am from Melbourne so I will be spending Christmas holidays with my family there. It's summer then in Australia so there'll be lots of time to read at the beach!
I'm so excited to get stuck into HERE I AM by Jonathan Safran Foer. His writing is always so surprising and fun and dark all at once. I've heard really good things about his new novel.
Which book(s) do you re-read regularly during the holidays that you might buy as a gift for a friend or recommend to your children?
Matilda by Roald Dahl. It's so funny, imaginative, rude, and cartoonishly violent--all things that I loved about it as a kid, and still do now. But getting to know Matilda's character was so formative for me as a reader, writer, and person--she was so bookish and curious but still playful. I really identified with that. She made me feel understood. I always thought/hoped/dreamed—pretty ridiculously—that Matilda and I would be friends.