The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean
For more works of narrative journalism and strange crimes, try these:
The Tall Man by Chloe Hooper for a thoughtful exploration of the uneasy relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians.
Iphigenia in Forest Hills by Janet Malcolm for a masterclass by one of the most intellectually and morally precise writers around.
Night Games by Anna Krien for an explosive examination of sex, power and sport, focusing on a rape trial that divided fans and feminists.
Last Bets by Michaela McGuire for a casino manslaughter trial and an examination of gambling and the gap between morals and the law.
This post was guest edited by journalist Michaela McGuire, author of Last Bets. Michaela also hosts Women of Letters, and blogs for The Monthly.
The post is part of a series in partnership with the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, which runs from October 1-5, 2014. More info here.
Go Book Yourself: Anna’s All-Time Top 5 Books
We hit 100,000 followers on Tumblr! To celebrate, each of us are posting our five favourite books. Here are Anna’s picks:
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, the book that changed my life. You can see the film I made about it for the Baileys Prize here.
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton for a book that entranced and delighted me. It both celebrates and challenges what a novel can do.
His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman for a trilogy that inspired, challenged and moved me as a child and adult.
The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro for my favourite book from my favourite author. Bizarre and lyrical, it’s utterly unique.
Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger for two stories that provoked me to think about what I wanted out of life and my favourite of Salinger’s works.
Anna is the Recommendations Editor at Go Book Yourself. She also writes about books for The Bookseller and Elle UK. Find her on Twitter here.
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