Under the Covers - BTL Recommended Reads

The Girls

By Emma Cline

Cline’s novel charts the calamity of teenage Evie’s infatuation with the messy beauty and menacing inhibition of a Manson-esque cult. Evie’s impressions of 1960s California are detailed, sensuous and colourful, beautifully famed by Cline through her narrator's diminishing naivety and exploited pliability. 


By Stephanie Danier

If you’ve ever worked in hospitality, you’ll quickly find yourself empathising with a new arrival to New York trying to find her feet as a waitress. Danier’s writing is sharp and expressive, her pacing reflecting the changing tides of frantic energy during restaurant sittings. In that sense, Sweetbitter is almost a multisensory experience, expertly capturing the tastes, aromas and idiosyncrasies of fine dining. 

Men Explain Things to Me

By Rebecca Solnit

A witty and unsparing collection of essays exploring modern manifestations of chauvinism and misogyny. In the title piece, Solnit skilfully unpacks the inequalities that persist in communication between men and women, from the tendency towards ‘mansplaining’ to the silencing of cries for help.


By Emma Donoghue

Don’t see the movie, read the book. Room is told from the perspective of four year old Jack, and Donoghue captures his joy and wonder at the world and his devotion to his mother against a background of much darker adult themes. 

Stories Worth Sharing

Words worth

Donald Trump’s use of English is baffling experienced translators, who struggle to interpret his forceful, colloquial way of speaking without affording him unwarranted eloquence. Languages that emphasise the importance of structure over subject do not easily accommodate Trump's vague and tangential speech patterns, facilitating indirect and perhaps unrepresentative translations. 

Read more on the Washington Post.

In history's page

What's in a date? The choice of January 26 as a national holiday is of enormous significance to many Australians, and yet remains entirely inconsequential to others. For Indigenous Australians, in particular, 'Australia Day' can be a time for mourning as well as for protest, as explained by Karina Marlow. 

Read more on SBS.

Those who say aye

The UK Supreme Court has determined that in order to enact Brexit, Prime Minister Theresa May must have the authority of Parliament. This decision is a fundamental function of the twin pillars of the UK constitution: the rule of law and Parliamentary sovereignty. It also serves to highlight the imbalance of power between the four constituent nations, reflecting increasing dissatisfaction with the constitutional status quo, both around and beyond the Brexit issue. 

Read more on the New York Times. 


Stories worth sharing

Rainbow People

Jenna Wortham suggests that a cultural metamorphosis is occurring as societies evolve to accommodate the complete revision of traditional concepts of gender and sexual identity. 

Read more on The New York Times Magazine

Free and easy

In his debut work, 'Creating Freedom', Raoul Martinez explores the notion of free will versus determinism in the modern world. He seeks to challenge our ideas of individual accountability to the community, and argues in favour of an overhaul of the systems developed to shape good citizens. 

Read more on The Guardian

It was the best of times

Let's look on the bright side: 99 reasons why 2016 was good year. 

Read more on Medium.