The Silent Kookaburra
Tanya’s life gets even better when she meets an uncle she didn’t know she had. He tells ...more
Liza Perrat transforms you into living side by side with eleven year old Tanya Randall in Wollongong Australia. Tanya hasn't had the easiest childhood so far with being bullied for her weight and how she looks. All that Tanya is wishing for is a happy family with a baby sister or baby brother. Tanya's mother Eleanor has had multiple miscarriages in the past but miraculously she becomes pregnant and ...more
Eleven year old Tanya Randall was teased and bullied at school – she was overweight and had only one friend, Angela whose family was Italian so Angela was teased and bullied as well. It was the 1970s in Wollongong Australia and Tanya knew her mother Eleanor had been trying to have a baby for a long time. She had had many miscarriages until finally baby Shelley arrived, healthy and beautiful. Tanya and her family; Mum, Dad, Nanna Purvis and now Shelley all lived in Gumtree Cottage where they ...more
The Silent Kookaburra is the fourth novel by Australian-born author, Liza Perrat. It’s the middle of summer, January 1972, and ten-year-old Tanya Randall is dying to go to the beach. Mum won’t take her because, with baby Shelley crying all the time with colic, she’s worn out. And more and more, after work, Dad heads to the pub.
The girls at school are always taunting her about her weight, but she does, at least, have one good friend, Angela, although Tanya’s ever-cranky Nana Purvis does ...more
Set in Australia in the early 1970's, this novel tackles a number of dark and disturbing topics, seen through the eyes of our narrator, eleven-year-old Tanya.
Tanya struggles at school. She's not the prettiest, nor the skinniest but what she wants more than anything, is a happy family. Sadly her mother has suffered multiple miscarriages and this has l ...more
The Silent Kookaburra. I admit I had to Google what a kookaburra was. I am not familiar with Australia and its fauna, except for the horrifying pictures of spiders, snakes, and frogs I spot on my friends' pages on Instagram! So from the beginning, this story was meant to be a journey. My journey on a different continent in the 70s and a little girl's journey through her...more
Tanya, 11 years old and living with her parents and Nanna Purvis at Gumtree Cottage. The name of the cottage reminds me of a quiet and quaint cosy home, but Gumtree Cottage is far from that. There has been nothing but bad luck for Tanya and her family at this house. Bad luck that drives her mother insane and her father to booze.
The characters are all very unique and interesting. Tanya, ashamed of her weight and desperate for her mother and fat ...more
Very fortunate that I had the opportunity to read The Silent Kookaburra. It's the first book that I have chewed through in a matter of days, eagerly turning each page and becoming lost in the story.
Another great aspect of the novel was it's location. Set in Wollongong there were some terrific references to streets and landmarks across the Illawarra. As someone who ...more
The book is set within Perrat's native Australia with Tanya, an eleven year old girl as our protagonist. She's a tween gro ...more
‘It could have been the westerly wind, though, that blasted for over a month, gales whistling though the fig, gum and jacarandas, sneaking beneath the low-slung verandah eaves, and rattling the stone foundations.’
There’s no escape from the unpleasant web, and thus one mu ...more
The subject matter of the book is quite difficult. I ...more
Liza tells a griping story of of deceit, betrayal and manipulation while composing a family of strong and entertaining characters.
If you want to be compelled from the first page until the last, I woul ...more
From the opening page, Perrat evokes in her reader an uneasy ominous tension as the middle-aged Tanya is going through her grandmother’s things and finds a ...more
When her mum finally gives birth to a daughter, ...more
When mother at last succeeds in carrying a baby to term, little Shelley looks like the saviour of the family but Shelley's a sickly baby and it's not to be.
I won't say more about the plot as I don't want to spoil it for other people but be warned, the problems ...more
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It’s 1970s Australia and young Tanya is on the cusp of becoming a teenager. The sun shines, the beach is nearby, but Tanya is far from living th ...more
The Silent Kookaburra is a touching, troubling and at times challenging story narrated by eleven year old Tanya. She is at the heart of the book, that relates the tale of a her dysfunctional family in small town Wollongong, Australia in the early 1970's. Against a background of her mother's repeated miscarriages; her father's drinking; her grandmother's sniping and playground jibes about her weight and appearance, Tanya appears to have a resilience that belies her years. When a baby sis ...more
The story is narrated from Tanya’s perspective in the third person. She is overjoyed at the birth of her baby sister, after multiple miscarriages suffered by her mother. The family, along with Nanna Purvis, live in Gumtree Co ...more
Every so often I find a real gem in the review team submission list, and this was one of them. I thoroughly enjoyed it; Liza Perrat is an excellent writer.
The story takes place in the early 1970s in a quiet town in New South Wales called Wollongong, and is narrated by eleven year old Tanya, who lives with her alcoholic but not unlikable father, Dobson, her disturbed mother, Eleanor, who has miscarried many children, and her grandmother, Nann ...more
In a total about-change from her previous novels which are set in rural France, The Silent Kookaburra, a truly chilling read made all the more so by the fact its narrated by eleven year old Tanya Randall, is set in 1970's Australia.
Taunted by many of her peers and with a moth ...more
When she met her French husband on a Bangkok bus, she moved to France, where she has been living with her family for twenty years. She works part-time as a French-English medical translator, and as a novelist.
Since completing a creative writing course ten years ago, several of her short stories have won aw ...more