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Face It: A Memoir, Damascus and more – Happy’s Weekend Reading

Debby Harry

Another week, another five ripping yarns to indulge in. The rock and roll story of Debbie Harry is uncovered in Face It: A Memoir and the life of a classic novelist is viewed through a new lens in In Love With George Eliot. 

Christos Tsiolkas is back with Damascus, Clare Bowditch recalls her early years with candour in Your Own Kind of Girl and The School of Life shares its guidebook on emotional intelligence. Let’s check out the list for this weekend.Debby Harry

Face It: A Memoir, Damascus, In Love with George Eliot, Your Own Kind of Girl and The School of Life: An Emotional Education are some of the best new books for your reading pleasure this weekend.

Face It: A Memoir by Debbie Harry

Debbie Harry was the iconic face of the New York punk, pop and art scenes of the ’70s. Though her impact can’t be understated, she has largely shied away from the limelight. Face It is a rare insight into Harry’s tribulations, exultations and restless evolution that has been the hallmark of her career. Via Harper Collins.

Face It Debby Harry

Damascus by Christos Tsiolkas

Damascus, the latest from the international best-selling author Christos Tsiolkas is an ambitious exploration of the systems that inform human life – from the societal to individual levels – set in the tumultuous birth of Christian church. For more, visit Allen & Unwin.Damascus

In Love with George Eliot by Kathy O’Shaughnessy

O’Shaughnessy’s debut relates the tale of George Eliot (whose real name was Marian Evans) – one of the towering figures of Victorian literature. This richly imagined account of the woman behind the name shows the private world of Evans in a refreshing light. More at Scribe.In Love with George Eliot

Your Own Kind of Girl by Clare Bowditch

This no-holds-barred volume details the life of one of Australia’s most incisive and honest singer-songwriters. Clare Bowditch’s memoir recounts her turbulent early years with, at times, brutal honesty and how the experience shaped her artistic vision. Via Allen & Unwin.Your Own Kind of Girl

The School of  Life: An Emotional Education by The School of Life with Alain De Botton

A comprehensive guide to emotional intelligence? I think that’s something we can all get behind. Together with the School of Life organisation, De Botton presents a reflection on human interaction and how we can do better. More details available at Penguin.The School of Life

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November 1, 2019