Last year is all wrapped up and below is my last review for the 2016 Australian Women Writers Challenge. I aimed to read and review ten books for the Challenge in 2016 and have read and reviewed eight, which is not to be sniffed at in a year when I started a new and more demanding job, moved house and renovated a bathroom in mid-winter!
My final review for the AWWC of 2016 is Only the Animals by Ceridwen Dovey. I absolutely loved this book and highly recommend it to absolutely everyone. The review can be read on my Reviews page, the AWW Challenge page, and below.
The skill and the purpose to reading and writing fiction is the ability to empathise with the inner lives of creatures outside of ourselves. This collection of incredible short stories takes this premise and runs with it, guiding the reader on an extended journey through the inner lives, culture and nature of ten vastly different animals. From the matriarchal herd culture of elephants hunted in Mozambique, to the hundred-year introspection of a tortoise who began and ended its journey in Russia, to the strange case of the chimpanzee who has been taught to live as a human, these stories delve deep into the soul of the animal, and along the way reveal far more about the human species than we may care to know.
This book is for those who want to smile and cry as they take an extended tour of what it means not to be human in a world often wrought with human conflict. The characters and personalities of only the animals could reveal so much and take us so far.