Greta’s Story, The Old Lie and more – Happy’s Weekend Reading

Ready to launch into the weekend with some new stories? The Old Lie is an ambitious new tale, while Chris Fleming’s latest is an insightful exploration of addiction. Murakami will help you get organised, Influenza is an historical account of the world’s deadliest disease and Greta’s Story will give you hope for the future. Here are this week’s best.

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Greta’s Story, The Old Lie, On Drugs, Murakami 2020 Diary and Influenza are five of the best new reads for this weekend.

Greta’s Story: The Schoolgirl Who Went on Strike to Save the Planet by Valentina Camerini

You might have noticed that School Strike 4 Climate movement that has reached Australia in recent months. It all began with a simple protest from an individual Swedish student, Greta Thunberg. This story for young readers highlights the hunger for climate action among the next generation. Via Black Inc.

Greta's Story

The Old Lie by Claire G. Coleman

The new novel from the award-winning author of Terra Nullius, The Old Lie depicts interstellar wartime upheaval. The importance of connection to country, as well as the historical injustice that Indigenous Australians have lived through, is presented through a new perspective. More at Hachette.

The Old Lie Claire Coleman

On Drugs by Chris Fleming

In this memoir born from painful experience, Fleming, on one hand, dissects the absurdities of addiction and the lifestyle that accompanies it. On the other – it’s a poignant reflection on the childhood habits that culminated in destructive choices and the path to recovery. More details at Giramondo.

On Drugs Chris Fleming

Murakami 2020 Diary by Haruki Murakami

Now, for something different. No, it’s not the latest fictional offering from the world’s favourite surrealist – it’s a 2020 diary. It’s not your average organiser though – packed with visual and textual references to his works, significant dates and quotations, it promises to transcend the banalities of your working week. From Penguin.

Murakami 2020 diary

Influenza: The Quest to Cure the Deadliest Disease in History by Dr Jeremy Brown

Who better to take you on a tour of this most implacable of human diseases than Dr Jeremy Brown, a veteran of the ER. Common as it is, the flu is a killer, and it still has the power to confound leading medical minds around the globe. For more, visit Text.

Influenza Jeremy Brown