Friday on My Mind, The Labyrinth and more: Happy’s Weekend Reading

On the list for this weekend: the untold story behind the Australian pop music icon George Young in Friday on My Mind, as well as a meditation on family bonds in Amanda Lohrey’s The Labyrinth. 

The starkest reality of climate change is presented in Body Count, The Inner Self is Hugh Mackay’s exploration of the ways in which we hide from the truth and No Presents Please is Jayant Kaikini’s kaleidoscopic tour of Mumbai. Let’s check out the selection.George Young

Friday on My Mind, The Labyrinth, Body Count, The Inner Self and No Presents Please are among the finest new books to indulge in this weekend.

Friday on My Mind: the Life of George Young by Jeff Apter

Though George Young reached the pinnacle of fame with The Easybeats, his musical influence continued for decades. Apter’s volume chronicles the many significant milestones in the life of this giant of Australian popular music. Via Allen & Unwin. Friday on My Mind

The Labyrinth by Amanda Lohrey

This hypnotic and moving novel by Tasmanian author Amanda Lohrey tells the story of an artist in retreat. Attempting to maintain a connection to her imprisoned son, this tale ponders how we can find redemption in creation. More at Text.  The Labyrinth

Body Count: How Climate Change is Killing Us by Paddy Manning

Journalist Paddy Manning has collated first-person accounts from those who’ve been touched by tragedy caused by climate change. A stirring tribute to the lost, as well as a call to arms for those invested in our collective future. See Simon & Schuster for more. Body Count

The Inner Self: the Joy of Discovering Who We Really Are by Hugh Mackay

Whether or not we are consciously aware of them, we have hiding places that we retreat in order to avoid painful truths. The pursuit of humanity’s highest ideals is explored in this volume from one of Australia’s most esteemed psychologists. Via Pan MacmillanThe Inner Self

No Presents Please by Jayant Kaikini

A love letter to India’s diverse metropolis, Mumbai, is delivered in No Presents Please. Jayant Kaikini reveals inexhaustible detail in the ostensibly banal and brings the dreams of the city and its inhabitants to vivid life. See Scribe for more details. No Presents Please