FLIGHT TIME

ICELAND 1A quick one as I’m about to head home to Adelaide for the weekend. It will be lovely, but right now I’m just excited about the prospect of the two hour flight and a chance to read my book. No washing to be done or dinner to be cooked, no myriad of emails or sleep to catch up on. Just two quiet hours and the last few chapters of Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. I started this a while ago and have loved it, but life got in the way and I haven’t had the chance to pick it up this last two weeks. It isn’t the sort of book you want to read a few pages of before bed or on the bus. It is a book you want to spend proper time with. The writing is so beautiful and engulfing I honestly feel like I’m in another world. I read it and feel like I’m in Iceland, with the biting cold and the grey light. I can’t wait to immerse myself in this time and place. Hannah Kent is an Adelaide author, a local Hills girl like me, as it happens. We went to the same primary and high school (I’m told she played in the school band with my brother), and I think even the same university. She’s one of those young and amazing people who is not only talented but passionate and hard-working, in her work as publisher and founder of Kill Your Darlings not to mention this best seller. It's amazing to me that she dreamed up these words and this world around an old Icelandic folktale...

*Image of Iceland by the lovely Olivia Rae James.