,
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Craft for a Dry Lake” as Want to Read:
Craft for a Dry Lake
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Craft for a Dry Lake

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  77 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Kim Mahood's memoir Craft for a Dry Lake was published in 2000 and won the 2001 NSW Premier's Award and The Age non-fiction Book of the Year. ...more
Unknown Binding, 266 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Anchor (UK) (first published 2000)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Craft for a Dry Lake, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Craft for a Dry Lake

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.62  · 
Rating details
 ·  77 ratings  ·  10 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of Craft for a Dry Lake
Meredith
Sep 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I don't know why it took me so long to read this book. I kept picking it up, putting it down, unable to find a rhythm with it. This is not because it wasn't good, in fact it is beautifully written, sensitively crafted and the premise deeply profound. It's exactly the kind of book I would like to write. I can only guess that it was this very depth and the author's raw introspection that made it so challenging. It is not something you can read lightly, or as a distraction from daily cares. It requ ...more
Graham Crawford
Jan 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
This book annoyed the hell out of me, but to be fair to the writer the first third was quite engrossing. Kim Mahood writes well when she is telling the stories of other people, interesting tales of the indigenous folk of the Northern Territory, and the complex and often broken characters of folk who choose to work and live in the bush. This part of the book is an important snapshot of our social history.

Then it all descends into a self conscious and embarrassingly self-obsessed rant about her fe
...more
Mark White
Oct 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
In this deeply personal and intimate account author Kim Mahood returns, carrying her recently deceased father's ashes, to the remote area where she grew up. The story is beautifully written. It shows in a way I have rarely seen the harsh beauty of the outback and more importantly gives an insight into the aboriginal people and their relationship to the land. The story resonated for me as she explored her relationship with her father and how his expectations shaped her own personality and life pa ...more
Jenny Esots
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kim Mahood is dealing with profound grief at the sudden loss of her father in a helicopter accident.
She is reflective and extraordinarily honest in her thoughts.
The social conventions of grief are shaken apart as she travels solo through the Tanimi desert with her old dog Sam for company.
She screams at the stars and rolls in red ochre dust.
Revisiting her childhood places.
Seemingly isolating herself on the journey as a form of punishment and exile.
The book requires the reader to immerse themselve
...more
Jessie Kelly
May 17, 2020 rated it liked it
A beautiful, challenging book. Too close for comfort at many times, especially if you love the Australian landscape. A book unlike a lot of others I have read and made me very homesick. :)
Pat
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kim Mahood is an artist, teacher and writer who lives just outside Canberra, Australia but she grew up in the remote part of Central Australia, 500 dirt track miles from the nearest town. Her first caretakers were Aboriginal women, but from early on she had also a very close relationship with her father. She spent most of her summers in the outback with him even before there was house deemed acceptable enough for her mother and the other children to move there. By the time she was a teenager she ...more
Lisa
Jan 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
I got really fed up with this book. It's one of those deep-and-meaningful search for an identity books. Her father, an alcoholic Irish pastoralist dies in an accident, and she, having led a city life as an artist, retraces his steps in outback NT and the west.
Yes, she writes well about the beauty of the outback, perceptively about Aborigines especially women, and compassionately about her father. But ultimately, it was a case of so what? It's too long.
...more
Susan Penrod
Jul 13, 2009 rated it it was ok
Well, it actually took me nine years to FINISH this book. I must have started it a half a dozen times, only to put it down and have to start again. Kim is re-tracing her dead Father's steps through the Australian Outback to lay his ghost to rest, but finds many ghosts of her own. I found it a bit hard to distinguish between the past and present - especially in the beginning. It did get better though and I'm glad I finally finished it. ...more
John Terrey
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
wonderful sympathetic view of aboriginal Australians.
Nancy
rated it liked it
Aug 20, 2018
Wendy
rated it liked it
Feb 21, 2019
Kaye
rated it liked it
Nov 05, 2018
Cathy
rated it it was ok
Nov 25, 2014
Sophie
rated it really liked it
May 20, 2013
Lou La
rated it really liked it
Mar 18, 2019
Suzi
rated it liked it
Jul 26, 2022
Daisy Burgoyne
rated it really liked it
Oct 15, 2019
Sophie
rated it liked it
Aug 25, 2018
Joy spence
rated it it was amazing
Jan 12, 2017
Toni
rated it really liked it
Jan 05, 2015
Helen Selby
rated it really liked it
Sep 17, 2022
Chris Freudenstein
rated it really liked it
Jul 29, 2019
Bu
rated it it was amazing
Jul 31, 2021
Helen M Hickey
rated it it was amazing
Apr 22, 2018
Inga
rated it it was amazing
Jan 22, 2014
elizabeth landy
rated it liked it
Apr 17, 2019
Rachelle
Nov 29, 2017 marked it as to-read
Foto of cover ? From Donna’s
Hamielle
rated it really liked it
Mar 14, 2022
Jan Smith
rated it really liked it
Nov 24, 2017
Karen Dennison
rated it really liked it
Mar 04, 2012
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Devotion
  • Why Weren't We Told?
  • The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart
  • Birthday Letters
  • Solomon Gursky Was Here
  • The Book of Merlyn (The Once and Future King, #5)
  • Ariel
  • Her Father's Daughter: The Bonnie Henderson Story
  • An Artist of the Floating World
  • Perpetual Motion
  • Take a Chance on Me (Christiansen Family, #1)
  • The Once and Future King (The Once and Future King, #1-5)
  • The Once and Future King (The Once and Future King, #1-4)
  • The Persian Boy (Alexander the Great, #2)
  • The Sword in the Stone (The Once and Future King, #1)
  • For the Love of Horses
  • The Flame Trees of Thika: Memories of an African Childhood
  • Olive Cotton
See similar books…

News & Interviews

  The glint of fangs in the dark, the sound of tap-tap-tapping at your window, the howling of wind (or is it just wind?) in the trees...that's...
342 likes · 61 comments