Author Paddy Oreilly sitting on a step and next to her is the front cover of her book

Exploring ‘Other Houses’ by Paddy O’Reilly

In a compelling Tsundoku episode on the Auscast Network, host Cath spotlights Paddy O’Reilly’s “Other Houses.” This novel is a favourite for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award. O’Reilly’s work is admired by Cath and many others. Her admiration suggests O’Reilly will gain many new fans.

What is Other Houses by Paddy O’Reilly is all about

The book unfolds in inner-city Melbourne. It focuses on Lily, a cleaner in homes of privilege. Her partner, Janks, works in a food factory. Together, they dream of a better life for their daughter, Jewelee. They envision a future of careers and financial security for her.

Their life is a stark contrast to the homes Lily cleans. “Other Houses” highlights class differences and the struggle for a better life. Love’s boundaries are also a key theme. A single mistake can disrupt their fragile existence. The novel brilliantly portrays the struggle between right and wrong.

Paddy O’Reilly and his writing style

O’Reilly’s narrative is both tender and sharp. The prose is lyrical, painting a vivid picture of class and aspiration. The story is relatable, drawing readers into a world of everyday challenges. It’s a tale of hope, dreams, and the cost of both.

More than just a Novel

Cath’s discussion on Tsundoku brings this impactful story to light. “Other Houses” is more than a novel. It’s a reflection on society, love, and ambition. The book is recommended for its thought-provoking content. It leaves a lasting impression on its readers.

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Paddy O’Reilly, author of “Other Houses”

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Also in the show

Michaela has an Anne of Green Gables doll that her mother bought on a pilgrimage to Prince Edward Island in the ‘80s. She asks Associate Professors Lisa Bennett and Kylie Cardell to reveal their ‘Green’ credentials and discuss LM Montgomery’s perennial appeal.

Associate Professor Kylie Cardell and Associate Professor Lisa Bennett, both from the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Flinders University

The Tsundoku team’s Christmas reading list:

Sarah  – “The Remains of the Day” by Kazuo Ishiguro & “The Thursday Murder Club” by Richard Osmon

Michaela – “A Net for Small Fishes” by Lucy Jago

Annie – “Ghosts of Spain” by Giles Tremlett, “The Bee Sting” by Paul Murray & “Before the Coffee Gets Cold” by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

Cath – “The Tea Ladies” by Amanda Hampson, “Stoneyard Devotional” by Charlotte Wood & “Less than Angels” by Barbara Pym

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