In the midst of chaos

There are boxes everywhere. Everything in the house has to be touched at least once and a decision made about its fate. Do we store it, take it, sell it, give it to one of the kids (provided they even want it!) or throw it away? Thousands of books, hundreds of puppets, mountains of junk – the list of things to do runs for pages. We started the process a couple of months ago and the end is very dimly in sight. But sometimes I feel like my head is going to explode.

Then this morning I was sent a very cheering email from a friend and I remembered that I have done things other than pack and sort. That I actually have a life that is separate to all this domestic chaos.

My friend had scanned a page from the December issue of Better Homes & Gardens that included a great write-up of ‘India Dark’ by reviewer Caroline Baum. There isn’t an internet link to the page on the Better Homes & Gardens website but here’s the short and punchy review. (I especially loved the last line):

India Dark
Kirsty Murray, Allen & Unwin, S16.99

This little corker is based on a true story of a troupe of Australian child
performers who rebelled against their exploitative manager in 1910.
As the troupe travels by train across lndia, money runs short, tempers
fray and secrets are exposed, The two young narrators offer different
interpretations of events, creating a layered tale full of tension and
intrigue. The months Murray spent in India researching the book show
in its authentic, colourful settings. A gem that could become a classic.

Kirsty is an Australian author of books for children and young adults.

“Books are windows into other ways of being.”

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