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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
Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 1st 2014 by Simon & Schuster Australia
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☼♄Jülie 


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
I wanted to like this more than I actually did.

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
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

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
While I enjoyed this story of five middle aged women from Mudgee now living in Brisbane I didn't love it and I'm not quite sure that I got the point of it. The women are very close, having developed a strong bond as they have grown up together and are like sisters, or 'tiddas' in the local aboriginal language. The author covers a range of contemporary issues affecting these individual women including unplanned pregnancy, infertility, life after divorce, casual sex and alcoholism. The women ...more
Mar 19, 2014 Annette rated it it was ok
Tiddas is a story about friendship. I was surprised to read that Anita Heiss had written a number of books as I found the writing a little too predictable and a more " tell style" than show. The idea of the common thread of book club meetings appealed to me and I thought it would be a great way to launch an in depth story of women and their different struggles and issues. The themes were certainly present however, I found the writing and structure a little boring and had to really push myself to ...more
Oct 25, 2014 Jenny rated it liked it
Have much to admire in this novel about sisterhood and friendship. It will be one that will stay with me and I will continue to mull over the themes and sentiment within it. I loved the sense of community, love and respect of country, family ties and female friendship that flowed through the pages. Reminded me how important it is to give and take, no matter what the relationship is. There is definitely a special something about sharing things with your close friends as the characters do in this ...more
Claire Melanie
Apr 13, 2014 Claire Melanie rated it it was ok
this book had potential but unfortunately it is so pretentious it is painful to read in parts. overall disappointing but with the occasional interesting thing to say. and it inspired me to take up the book challenge the author has devised.
Dec 31, 2014 Sally906 rated it really liked it
Firstly a definition - Tiddas is a generic eastern coast Aboriginal word for sisters, or women who are as close as sisters (sistahood). So Izzy, Veronica, Xanthe, Nadine and Ellen are Tiddas with each other as they all have grown up together in Mudgee. They are now all middle aged, live in Brisbane and are still very, very close. Each of them takes turns in telling the story, and each has their own issues that they may or may not recognise. Izzy, on the verge of becoming Australia’s version of ...more
Jenny Schwartz
Jun 14, 2014 Jenny Schwartz rated it it was amazing
So it's mid-2014 and I'm just writing my first review for the annual Australian Women Writers Challenge. On the plus side, the book I've just finished reading for the review is thought-provoking and that makes reviewing it interesting.

"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.
Oct 16, 2014 Catyj rated it really liked it
Even though I finished reading Anita Heiss' latest novel "Tiddas" earlier this month, it has taken me some time to focus my thoughts for a review and I still find it not an easy task. There are things I want to say about this novel but I find I struggle putting the words into context. I found it, as with Heiss' other novels, a delightful read which touches on the heart of friendship and identity. Tiddas takes place over the course of a year in the lives of Izzy, Nadine, Xanthe, Veronica, and ...more
Apr 11, 2014 Jen rated it liked it
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Larry D'librarian
Aug 10, 2014 Larry D'librarian rated it it was amazing
Tiddas is a delightful novel that covers 12 months in the lives of five friends as they struggle with life, love and lust and the consequences thereof. The story is structured around their book club, the Vixens, and the women end their year a little older, a little wiser and a little bit more worn down as they struggle with the dilemmas of career and family.
The novel opens with Izzie’s pregnancy, Veronica’s reemergence from her marriage and divorce, Xanthe desperately trying for a baby, Nadine’s
Lauren K
Apr 03, 2014 Lauren K rated it really liked it
‘Tiddas’ an Aboriginal word for sisters (or “sistas”) and is a powerful term that describes the connection between the five women in this Heiss novel. Despite the absence of a blood connection, Izzy, Nadine, Xanthe, Veronica and Ellen share a bond that has lasted a lifetime irrespective of proximity, family commitments and jobs. Growing up in Mudgee that have all found their way to the Brisbane area where they are trying to make the best of their circumstances and support each other via their ...more
Mar 24, 2014 Thoraiya rated it really liked it
I’m as keen on a gossipy Sex-And-The-City style read in times of flu as the next person, so it was with relish and Clagged-up sinuses that I sat down to enjoy the latest Choc Lit offering from Anita Heiss. After the initial pang of disappointment that Nadine was not actually the teetotalling Lebanese character (haha!) that her name potentially indicated, I settled down to enjoy the different personalities of the five main characters and their complementary personal journeys.

Heiss improves in sty
Robin Riedstra
Mar 12, 2015 Robin Riedstra rated it it was amazing
Love that the main characters of this novel are slightly older than what is standard in this genre. There seems to be lots of books about women in their 20's, 30's then a big gap and they start again over 60 with some saucy senility texts. This book fills a big fat gap that has just been waiting to be filled.

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
Jun 27, 2014 Sophia rated it it was ok
This book felt like one long lifestyle lecture:
- 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
Mar 30, 2014 Erica rated it did not like it
Oh dear. I couldn't get past the first few chapters of this novel. Could the characters have been more cliched? One who can't conceive, one who did (accidentally), one recently divorced... you get the picture.

And was it really necessary to use the word "tiddas" on practically every page? We get it, we get it already!
Sabrina Hijazi
Feb 19, 2015 Sabrina Hijazi rated it it was ok
I found it quite boring
Mar 17, 2014 Deborah rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
a terrific novel with a strong sense of place and wonderful characters & relationships.
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 -
Sep 17, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it
The colours of Brisbane suffuse this delightful book of female friendship in the 21st century. It's Black, Blue and Purple with a hint of tears and a beautifully tart taste of reverse racism, because this is a book with black protagonist's, the need for soul gagging PC evaporates, leaving room for real women in a real Brisbane. Blue because you can't have this book without the river threading through the lives and loves of the 5 friends from Mudgee (yes, that is a real place, I confess that I ...more
Jul 30, 2015 Vivien rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book, contemporary story line hooked me in and I learnt so much about the power and strength of women to accept, love and support each other thru so many highs and lows for each of the 5 intelligent and engaging lead characters. I have a passionate interest in learning as much as I can about aboriginal culture and this book provided me with a cultural boost in a contemporary, female led and managed story line - Nadine, the writer, with an amazing family & a drinking ...more
Tammy Wooding
Aug 06, 2016 Tammy Wooding marked it as books-i-have

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

Jenni Ogden
Oct 14, 2014 Jenni Ogden rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
A book about friendship and identity, that demonstrates that the beliefs women share, whatever their cultural identity, are stronger than their differences. Anita Heiss weaves Aboriginal issues and the bread-and-butter concerns many women grapple with around the age of 40, into her story of 5 women and a bookclub. We need more contemporary novels that show the positive aspects of Aboriginal and White relationships in Australia. Perhaps this book will encourage other groups to start up ...more
Jul 20, 2014 Denise rated it liked it
The title apparently means friends. The book never actually said this but it was soon worked out. A more complicated book club than most, I could still find elements of my friends and self in these ladies. The differing points of view; what is more important to one than another; somebody feeling really happy that another finally shared an interest. It was not what I was expecting and veered more to the edge of chick lit than I elect from Anita Heiss.
Mar 24, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it
This book took me long time to get into, mostly because it took me a while to warm up to the characters. Loved the emphasis on the Brisbane setting, and the addition of the tiddas' bookclub reading list at the end of the book was fab. However, I found the resolutions to most of the character conflicts a little too neat and unrealistic.
Maureen Helen
Feb 06, 2015 Maureen Helen rated it really liked it
Anita Heiss a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation of central NSW. She is a passionate advocate for Aboriginal literacy and a prolific writer in a number of gentres.

For my review of her latest novel, 'Tiddas', please see my review posted at
Susan Dawson
Jul 10, 2014 Susan Dawson rated it it was amazing
I really loved this story! So #LikeAGirl ... Every woman needs strong Tiddas as we all struggle with issues (big or small) our whole lives!! With such wonderful family and community links, it makes me strive to see what is good in everything, focus on what's most important & be a better tidda! I truly enjoyed this book! A fabulous read!!!!!!
May 01, 2014 Athol-mary rated it liked it
Shelves: australian
I enjoyed this - a very light holiday read - based on 5 friends and their book club - all books by aboriginal writers. The aboriginal viewpoint (Heiss prefers aboriginal to indigenous) and underlying importance of country and culture was an added reason why I liked it. I certainly intend to read some of the books from their "book club".
May 07, 2016 Theresa rated it liked it
I'm glad Anita Heiss is writing about successful Aboriginal women living their lives to the fullest, and I think 'chick lit' needs this diversity. But I found the lack of focus on specific characters, even for just a chapter at a time, made it difficult to really empathise with any of the women.
Jane Harris
Dec 31, 2014 Jane Harris rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this book, it was refreshing to read about Australian Indigenous characters, although I wish the book ellaborated more on this aspect. The book was easy reading and loved the sisterhood the characters shared.
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Dr Anita Heiss is a member of the Wiradjuri nation of central New South Wales and is one of Australia's most prolific and well-known authors of Indigenous literature.

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
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