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New On the Shelf At Fiction Books This Week

Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week.

Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday, is currently ‘on tour’ and being hosted by a different blogger each month.

Your host for November 2013, is Crystal @ ‘I Totally Paused!’

So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for Crystal or Bob, after all, we all like to receive them!

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

This week’s new title on my shelf, arrived after I was contacted directly by its author, requesting a review.

Novellas are not generally within my mainstream of reading, as I do enjoy a book with a distinctive beginning, middle and end and so few shorter books manage to achieve this for me.

When I checked out the synopsis for ‘Ramadan Sky’ however, I just had to have it!

The book, a debut novella, by author Nichola Hunter, has such a unique resonance and is so closely and personally linked to her experiences and observations, as to be just too good to miss!

Nichola has also put together an excellent guest post, straight from the heart, yet which will undoubtedly make for some uncomfortable thoughts and interesting conversation. I shall be publishing this within the next couple of weeks, so please stop by and join in the debate.


A contemporary twist on a classic story of forbidden love, set in Jakarta, capital city of Indonesia.

When Vic accepts a teaching position in Jakarta, she has already been working and travelling in Asia for many years; she thinks she knows what to expect. However, before long she becomes troubled by the casual coexistence of vast wealth and woeful poverty, and by the stark differences in freedom and power between the men and the women. It also becomes apparent that there will be no support or companionship from her fellow Westerners and colleagues.

Fajar has lived in Jakarta all his life. He gets by, loaning money from friends and family, spending his nights racing, and his days working on the roads as an ojek driver. When he impresses a customer with his understanding of English, he sees an opportunity. He dedicates himself to being the woman’s driver – taking her to and from work, running her errands. He thinks he’s won big.

Neither Fajar nor Vic expect to find friendship and solace in their strange arrangement. But, before long, they will step outside the mores of their cultures together, crossing a boundary that will shake both of their lives.


Image Of Author Nichola HunterGrowing up in suburban Australia and educated by humourless catholic nuns will get you prematurely itching to go anyplace else. As a child, Nichola remembers dreaming of running away–packing her small suitcase and keeping it ever-ready under the bed, but with the sad knowledge that there was nowhere to go and no way to get there, at least until she was old enough to drive.

She did read a lot of books though, about times past and future and distant places, and imagined being a host of other people when she was growing up. No wonder that she eventually travelled a lot, albeit around in circles sometimes.

Nichola spent her thirties and some of her forties living in Thailand, Vietnam, China and Indonesia, and will be permanently nostalgic for those places now that she is living back Western Australia, in a beautiful town surrounded by sapphire water and winds blowing in from all of the places as yet unseen. She loves the richness and the surprises that living in another country can bring, and the love and beauty of expression that is at the heart of all cultures.

Over the years Nichola has written short stories and poems and has done some freelance travel writing, but it always seems a requirement of editors that the western eye (and ‘I’) is essential to the story. When she decided to write her novella ‘Ramadan Sky’, set in Indonesia, therefore, she decided to write from three different perspectives as an experiment, so she used three narrators, only one of them a westerner. .

One thing that will always trouble Nichola—and is maybe a hangover lesson from those nuns of yore, is that the vast majority of the world’s population is unnecessarily poor. This informs her writing and her politics. She hopes for a day when this beautiful planet’s ample resources are shared and that everyone has access to that wonderful thing we call opportunity.

I can’t wait to discover all your own great new finds this week … so please stop by and share your link


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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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Written by Yvonne