I was on ABC Radio National's 'The Book Club'!!

 Here in Australia, we have a national radio station called Radio National. It has a program called Books and Arts Daily, which "is Australia’s only national radio program devoted to all aspects of literature and the arts. It explores the many worlds of performance, writing, music and visual arts".

Every month, Books and Arts Daily has a Book Club, where they feature a different Australian classic novel. 

On 25 May 2012, the book featured was The Timeless Land by Eleanor Dark. The Timeless Land  is my Grandmother's favourite book. So, in June 2010 I read and reviewed it here at Page Turners.When The Timeless Land was being featured on Books and Arts Daily, I was contacted by the producer to offer some thoughts on my experiences with the book on their monthly book club.

I was very pleased to be given the chance to discuss The Timeless Land on the radio and enjoyed myself very much. 

If anyone is interested in hearing the discussion about this Australian classic, and listening to yours truly on the radio (I am 27mins into the program), please have a listen to Book Club: Eleanor Dark's The Timeless Land. 

The Vintner's Luck by Elizabeth Knox

** Originally posted 22 November 2009. Re-posted as part of the Full Marks series **  

Now this I can definitely say is one of the best reads I have had for a long time!

I bought this book at the Sydney Book Fair after having a read a review of its sequal in the Sydney Morning Herald. I thought that it sounded different to most books; dark and medieval, and that is how it was.

It follows the story of Sobran Jordeau, a vintner in early 19th Century France. One night in 1808, Sobran meets an angel, and there begins a relationship that spans for years, until the end of Sobran's life. Each year they meet each other on the anniversary of their first meeting, until that one yealy meeting is no longer enough for either of them. In the meantime, Sobran's life continues, we see him marry, survive the Napoleonic wars, have a family, take lovers and improve his vintages. His feelings for the angel invade every aspect of his life.

The story is dark and violent at time. There is a sexual undercurrent throughout the book, unerlying Sobran's relationship with his wife, lover and also the angel himself. It is also there in the story of the countryside girls who are brutally raped and murdered at the hands of someone in their community. The story has a complex and rich storyline, full of secrets and desires.

At the beginning of the book I wasn't sure that I really liked Sobran Jordeau. He was so young and selfish and reckless. There were times in fact where I wondered if he wasnt a bit dangerous. As he aged and matured, however, I came to understand him better; I believe that I had a better understanding of his motivations and desires. Xas, the angel, was a lot harder to come to know, but I think that given he is an angel the reader perhaps isn't supposed to fully understand him. He is a creature of God (the devil?) and therefore to some extent above understanding.

I won't spoil the story too much with this review, in fact, reading over I dont think I've really given anything significant away at all. I really want people to read this, especially if you're looking for something different to read. I would be really interested to know what someone religious thought of the concept in this book, particularly relating to Xas and his decscriptions of heaven and hell.

In looking for the picture to use for this post, I discovered that this book has been made into a movie that is being released in November 2009, and I am so excited about seeing it!

Please, if there is one book I have reviewed on this blog that I recommend you read, please make it The Vintner's Luck!

Star Rating

8 / 8

One of the best books I have ever read. Everyone should read it - it is totally amazing. I am in love.