Play On by Mick Fleetwood.
Written to cash in one suspects on Fleetwood Mac's tour of the U.S. Fleetwood's story is really rather engaging but from a simple start things rapidly become complex. All the great characters of the 60s/70s and 80s are here and the life and times of Fleetwood and his cohorts are hardly dull yet there seems to be quite a confluence of people/places and times and Fleetwood repeats himself a fair bit especially in regard to relationships and why they failed...once would have been enough, his treatment of his first wife and children frankly was appalling, a good editor would have dealt with the repeat re telling swiftly. A good read for the fans and probably a very accurately told recount of Fleetwood's life, a good book but not a great read.3/5
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
First class telling of the consequences of wanting to project your life ambition onto your child. FYI Beautifully rendered, heartbreaking, honest and searing. The story of the Asian/American Lee family especially the parents Marilyn and James in 1970's Ohio is one that will live with you well after you turn the last page. Marilyn and James's obsession with the social/academic life of their middle child Lydia is both sad and foolhardy and has horrific consequences for the whole family. The story is written with such style and class, pulls no punches and hooks you from the get go. The back lighting is superb as is the character develop, past and present seamlessly woven together, cultural issues which haunt this novel are written with honesty and compassion and the day to day recounting of this family's life is stunning yet ordinary at the same time. The book is real and as an example of dysfunction it would have few peers in the honesty stakes. It was my No 2 read for 2014.5/5.
Margaret and Gough by Susan Mitchell
Gough and Margaret Whitlam were the Rock Stars of modern Australian politics, loved by the ordinary Joe Bloggs while being dispised by the middle and upper class who most certainly didn't approve of the Labor Party leanings exemplified by both.
Married young, they worked tirelessly at every level of their community, held responsible jobs and raised a family. At the heart of their devotion to each other was their desire to see Labor back in government after years of Liberal led governments.