Reviews and media

A Month of Sundays

Mrs B’s Book Reviews has published a review of the book as well as an author Q&A.

“This is the ideal winter warmer, as it ties together a memorable story revolving around books, female friendships and the final parting message, that it is never too late to embrace change.”

Reading, Writing and Riesling recently posted an online review that you can read in full here.

A Month of Sundays by Aussie author Liz Byrski is an exceptional, emotional and brilliant read! I can’t fault the writing, the story, the fabulous women – and of course being about books, I’m going to look up each and every book they read for their book club get together each Sunday”

In The Good Books Blog has just posted an online review, which you can read in full here.

“If you enjoy books about strong female friendships, then A Month of Sundays is definitely for you.”

Beauty and Lace said:

“I loved A Month of Sundays and would recommend it to members of book clubs everywhere; as well as women young and old and pretty much anyone who loves a character driven story of women building each other up and offering strength when it’s needed.”

You can read the review in full here.

Books, Babies, Being blog and website have reviewed A Month of Sundays. You can read the full online review here.

“This was one of the most delightful, yet deep and thoughtful books that I have read in a very long time. One of those rare ones that actually make you stop and evaluate how you are feeling about your life, and leave you with warm fuzzy feelings throughout, and a bit of emptiness after finishing the last page, and realising it is over.”

The Woman Next Door

The book was named her book of the month by Erica Spinks on her Creative Dabbling blog. Her comments are below.

“My favourite novel this month is The Woman Next Door. I cherish Liz Byrski’s novels because she shows the rich lives of older women. There’s so much to learn about how to live a fulfilling life from her characters and I can imagine them living next door to me. That’s a sign of a good writer – creating believable and likeable characters – isn’t it?

It’s not all beautiful sunsets and happy days, either. That’s another aspect of Byrski’s novels that draws me in – these could be real people. The characters are so well-drawn and the author’s empathy is evident as she portrays their feelings, frustrations, disappointments and loves.”

Kerryn Goldsworthy reviewed the book for the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age newspapers – see her comments below.

“After a long and successful career in journalism and broadcasting, Liz Byrski turned her hand to novel-writing in 2004 and committed herself to writing fiction with a mission: to tell the stories of women past their childbearing years who need to find answers to the question of what they will do with the rest of their lives. This is her ninth novel, and like the others is carefully crafted and well written. It explores the lives of an assortment of characters in Fremantle, including a married couple who make an unorthodox decision, a colourful actress in her 80s who has begun to forget her lines, and a 60-something screenwriter who, against her better judgment, falls in love. Byrski also tackles with great success, and through more than one character, the realities of illness and death.”

William Yeoman reviewed the book in the West Australian on Thursday 14 July. You can see some of his comments below and read the full review here.

“Byrski’s characters age with her — that’s been one of the greatest appeals of her novels. Now in her early 70s, Byrski here unflinchingly looks age and illness in the face. And what does she see there? Acceptance, yes; but also possibility, continuity and renewal. We all get old. Get over it. And grow with the flow.”

The international eReading site Kobo Books has named The Woman Next Door as its book of the month for July. This is quite rare for an Australian author.

Beauty and Lace have recently reviewed the book. You can see some of their comments below and read the full review here.

“Byrski’s characters are authentic and relatable as they share their lives with us; their hopes, their fears and their friendships. This book is entertaining and heartbreaking, it could be any one of us and I loved it. The characters, the setting and the beautiful little community these families have built on Emerald Street, and the way the circle of life completes and renews as the story closes. A must read for everyone. Thanks for a wonderful story Liz Byrski.”

The Woman Next Door has been selected as one of iBook’s Best Books of the Month for July.

The West Australian newspaper ran an interview with Amanda Ellis on Saturday 25 June 2016. You can read it online here.

Better Reading reviewed The Woman Next Door and chose it as their book of the week. You can read the full review here.

“With The Woman Next Door, Liz Byrski creates some wonderfully recognisable and sympathetic characters, drawn with depth and intelligence. Each of the many strands of their lives contain deeply moving stories that are seemingly about ordinary lives but touch on existential crises that we can all relate to –what’s the point of it all, as we get older, when the children have left home or when our brain isn’t functioning as it used to? It’s a story that utterly absorbed us and we were sad to say goodbye to these characters as we headed for the final pages.”

Maggie Christensen invited me to ‘visit’ Cafe Carla where we talked about the book – you can read our conversation here.

Emily Paull has included a review on her blog: “I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I gave it four out of five stars“. You can read the review here.