Stranger than Kindness, Grandmothers and more: Happy’s Weekend Reading

On the list of new books for this weekend: the eminently collectable must-have for Nick Cave fans, Stranger than Kindness and a healthy serving of wisdom from the 21st-century Grandmothers of Australia.

There’s the incredible life story of Dustin Lance Black in Mama’s Boy, a startlingly original work from Laura Jean McKay in The Animals in that Country and Backyard Birds will awaken the youngest reader to the wildlife wonders that surround us. Let’s check out the list. Nick Cave Stranger than Kindness

Stranger than Kindness, Grandmothers, Mama’s Boy, The Animals in that Country and Backyard Birds are among the finest new read for this weekend.

Stranger than Kindness by Nick Cave

Take a journey like no other into the world of Nick Cave. Stranger than Kindness features original artworks, handwritten lyrics and other ephemera that have served as inspiration for this songwriting icon. More at Allen & Unwin.Stranger than Kindness

Grandmothers: Essays by 21st-Century Grandmothers edited by Helen Elliot

In this thought-provoking collection of 24 essays from across Australia, we’re shown a diversity of experiences, as the contributors reflect on what it means to be a grandmother in the 21st-century. See Text for more details. Grandmothers

Mama’s Boy by Dustin Lance Black

A candid, heartfelt and incredible autobiography, Dustin Lance Black recounts his journey from a rural Mormon childhood, to becoming a prominent gay rights activist and Oscar-winning screen-writer. For more information, visit HachetteMama's Boy

The Animals in that Country by Laura Jean McKay

In this stirring sci-fi novel, a pandemic has swept through Australia, causing its victims to hear the true voices of animals. It leads readers to ponder the question: do we really want to hear what animals have to say? Visit Scribe for more details. Animals in that Country

Backyard Birds by Helen Milroy

It’s hard work looking for ways to entertain the rugrats while they’re confined to the great indoors, so it pays to look around our backyard for inspiration. The bold colours and design of the illustrations in Backyard Birds reflect Milroy’s indigenous heritage and provides a vibrant exploration of native birds for little readers. Via Fremantle Press. Backyard Birds