Five women, best friends for decades, meet once a month to talk about books … and life, love and the jagged bits in between. Dissecting each other’s lives seems the most natural thing in the world – and honesty, no matter how brutal, is something they treasure. Best friends tell each other everything, don’t they? But each woman ...more
I had such high expectations of this book that I actually paid top dollar for it at a city bookstore because I didn't want to wait, and the blurb convinced me that it was everything I liked in a book...I couldn't wait to get started.
So it's with much real regret that I say, that to my mind, this book was nothing like the blurb "suggested".
Yes it did have all of those characters and yes it did talk about their respective lives, loves and various challenges, and their sisterhood...and I wan ...more
As a piece of chick-lit is was just ok. The 5 main female characters were quite well-developed, and were sufficiently different from each other to be interesting. They were close but there was enough tension between them to create the occasional bit of drama. They dealt with everyday, contemporary issues. Nothing special.
As a work of Indigenous Australian fiction, it was disappointing. On the one hand there were times I felt I was being hit over th ...more
Tiddas is Anita Heiss's fifth novel, an engaging story of friendship, life, love and five strong women.
The tiddas (sisters) are lifelong friends having grown up together in Mudgee. Now approaching midlife, each lives in and around Brisbane providing each other with support, love and friendship. Over a period of a year we are witness to their lives, their relationships with one another, and with themselves and with others, as they each journey towards a personal epiphany about what they value in ...more
"Tiddas" is the story of five best friends, friends for decades, who meet for a monthly book club. So far, so cliche.
But Anita Heiss is a talented author and weaves in issues of identity around ageing, life choices and being an Aboriginal Australian - which she is. ...more
The novel opens with Izzie’s pregnancy, Veronica’s reemergence from her marriage and divorce, Xanthe desperately trying for a baby, Nadine’s ...more
Heiss improves in sty ...more
I'm in my 30's and loved this book. It's about friendships, it's about success, it's about questioning what your dreams are and negotiating your own morality in the face of friends and soci ...more
- read books only on Aboriginal culture, history or authors
- do yoga
- eat organic
- buy your friends expensive presents for their birthday
- not only buy the Big Issue, but then recycle it to the vendor
Whilst I love the subtle education you get from reading fiction books I found this book to blatant which was off putting. I couldn't identify with any of the women and Izzy ended up being the only character I actually liked.
I hate giving Australian bo ...more
And was it really necessary to use the word "tiddas" on practically every page? We get it, we get it already!
I cared about all the characters, whether they were being "likeable" or not. great emotional truth in the five women and in their interactions with each other, and with their families and communities, both in their home town of Mudgee and the city of Brisbane where they now live.
I sometimes found it an effort to keep track of all the women's stories, and felt that I got to know them at different rates - ...more
A story about what it means to be a friend ...
Five women, best friends for decades, meet once a month to talk about books ... and life, love and the jagged bits in between. Dissecting each other's lives seems the most natural thing in the world – and honesty, no matter how brutal, is something they treasure. Best friends tell each other everything, don't they? But each woman harbours a complex secret and one weekend, without warning, everything comes unstuck.
Izzy, soon to be the first Black woma
For my review of her latest novel, 'Tiddas', please see my review posted at
Her published works include the historical novel Who Am I? The Diary of Mary Talence, Sydney 1937, the poetry collection Token Koori, satirical social commentary Sacred Cows, non-fiction text Dhuuluu-Yala (To Talk Straight) - Publishi ...more