Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living

September 30, 2007 at 5:28 pm 3 comments

This was fun. Very raunchy, which other reviews of this title seem to ignore. To begin with I thought it was science fiction: the ‘better farming train’ makes its way through 1930’s Australia, laden with scientific experts to teach the farmers how to grow more wheat and their wives how to have more, and fatter, babies. But apparently there really was one. You can read about it in an interview with the author, Carrie Tiffany. There’s a quirkiness about the book and a naivety about the narrator which is quite charming. The events of the story are actually quite tragic, but the lightness of the writing ensures that it isn’t depressing. It’s set in Australia with flashbacks to Yorkshire. Curiously, I read it on a train in Yorkshire. A strange and delightful read.

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Entry filed under: Australia, Carrie Tiffany.

The Book of Lost Things Book Soup

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  • 1. Orange Blossom Goddess (aka Heather)  |  October 4, 2007 at 12:59 pm

    Sounds interesting and I love the cover art!

  • 2. meli  |  October 5, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    thanks for visiting! yes it is a curious book indeed. i liked this cover too. it’s particularly appropriate to the story. i’ve actually got a different cover, a red one, which is also nice.

  • 3. acquisitionist  |  October 16, 2007 at 12:49 pm

    Oooooh, so glad to read your review on this one! It was definitely raunchy in parts (the bee/honey scene – ooh la la). I did it for an ecotexts, nature and ecology unit at uni and it was a seemingly simple novel that became quite sexy on reflection. I have the red cover too – it was the arts festival book for 06 over west in Perth!

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