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TIDDAS by Anita Heiss published by Simon & Schuster :
4.06 out of 5 based on 27 reviews.

TIDDAS

by Anita Heiss

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 woman with her own television show, has to make a decision that will change everything. Veronica, recently divorced and dedicated to raising the best sons in the world, has forgotten who she is. Xanthe, desperate for a baby, can think of nothing else, even at the expense of her marriage. Nadine, so successful at writing other people’s stories, is determined to blot out her own. Ellen, footloose by choice, begins to question all that she’s fought for.

When their circle begins to fracture and the old childhood ways don’t work anymore, is their sense of sistahood enough to keep it intact? How well do these tiddas really know each other?

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Published 25th March 2014


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    Great read

    Finally got time to read and OMG it was brilliant. Really loved the fact that you could relate to it.Have learnt a lot about the aboriginal heritage and racism that i did not realise. This insight to their life is a real eye opener and i couldnt put the book down till i finished it. My daughters have it now and i am waiting on their opinion.

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    Could not put this book down.

    Tiddas was an amazing book, one of the best I’ve read in a long time. It tells the story of five very different women, who share a deep friendship and use a regular book club meeting as a way of catching up. The women all originate from the same country town,and have grown up in varying circumstances of culture and wealth. I enjoyed the interwoven story of these women and their trials and tribulations and found it to be very relevant to modern day society. Each is addressing their own personal battles and one by one these battles come to light at book club and through luncheons etc. It is a story of deep abiding friendship, that transcends cultural barriers or monetary status. I loved the references to landscape and the richly interwoven cultural references. Once I had read the book I took a look to see what else Anita Heiss has written, as I will seek out her books for further reading. I thoroughly recommend this book.

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    Hooked

    I am halfway through the book and would have gladly taken my book yesterday to our family Easter celebrations and just read it. It is a lovely story of best friends and how life takes you to places you may not like but friends are always there. I also appreciate the attachment to country and how we are connected to our environment whether it be a suburb, town or river. Everyone needs a copy. I can’t wait to finish it all curled up with a cuppa on the lounge.

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    Hooked by page 5

    When “Tiddas” arrived on my doorstep a few days ago I was already reading another book and I knew “Tiddas” was going to have to get my interest fast to keep me – well I’m happy to report that I was hooked by page 5!
    This book reveals it’s characters over time and I’ve enjoyed how my feelings have changed towards each of the characters as I’ve gotten to know them more. I feel like this approach is very clever as it reflects how friendships are formed in real life and whilst the book is about a group of friends it also feels like a study on how friendships develop and change.
    It’s not clear from the book cover or even the first few pages but this book is also a glimpse into modern Australia for aboriginal women. I’ve never read a book with Aboriginal characters before and I’ve been challenged and educated as to why that might be. The insights into Aboriginal life in this book have been well explained yet the book has also shown how issues that women an friends face aren’t limited by culture or nationally.
    I’ve still got 1/3 of the book to go and I’m looking forward to seeing how relationships between the friends and their families get resolved.

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    sounds awesome and looks great

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    It was a brilliant read. I really enjoyed this beautiful book

    The life’s of these woman was so well written you could find your self thinking about the story. Line after you put the book down… Wanting to get back to the book as soon as possible.. I really enjoyed reading this and will look for more by this author. This was one of the nices reviews I have done … This was brilliant as I was on a cruise and relaxing in a deck chair with the sea breeze blowing reading while having a cocktail. Thank you so much.

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    2nd review FANTASTIC

    I have now finished the book and it was great. Some very strong characters but would of liked to of known them even more and not swap about as much. I would recommend to my friends.

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    Best read in a long time

    I,m so enjoying this book it’s been a long time since I had a great read. I mean a read you can not put down. I love the way it wraps its self around different life’s of friends. I,m looking for to seeing how this book ends up . I,m only a few chapters in but really want to sit and read. But like tall things jobs need to be done so should be finished in about another two weeks …so full review then.. But I would tell anyone what a brilliant great read in fact my daughter wants it after me . As I took it with me to baby sit her girls oh dear ….

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    Great Just what I needed at this time

    Well I finished this book in 2 days after starting out thinking hmm I am not sure after a few chapters in I couldn’t put it down. The characters were brilliant and the subjects covered in the novel were so close to my heart. The issues with racism the heart ache and the pain with trying to fall pregnant and carry a baby full term when you want nothing else in the world more than that, the loss and the devastation it causes and the wild child realising they do not want to be this way forever. In so many ways I felt like this book had a part of me in each and every character including the denial of problems as well. I have taken a steep learning curve and path change in my life over the past 2yrs and this novel just put a lot of great things in perspective for me even though it was written as fiction. The story was so easy and light to read but written in such a way you felt like you were there at the book club meetings with them and experiencing all the problems. Truly great and I would love to read more by this author. Great job and I will be recommending to all my reading friends without a doubt. Great Job =)

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    A highly engaging page turner right from the start!

    A beautifully interwoven story of culture, friendship, tradition and the challenges a modern day lifestyle brings for a woman. The story of five women, who in many respects are completely different, yet share a deep abiding friendship and a “sisterly” (Tiddas)love for one another and together help each other face their own battles and inner demons. This is also a story not only of cultural identity, but also of personal identity. Set against two very differing, but equally beautiful Australian landscapes, this book is very hard to put down.

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    Couldn't get into it

    I was bored so thought I’d take another look at TIDDAS by Anita Heiss. Unfortunately, I still couldn’t get into it and found it somewhat lacking. It’s not one of those books that you’ll read from cover to cover in one go, instead, I found myself reading it here and there when I needed to fill in some time.

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    It's only ok

    This book was a bit of a hit and miss for me. The story is readable but the characters are a bit flat and clichéd. I found it very hard to identify with any of Heiss’s heroines. It’s an ok book but I just felt it was missing something. Not something I’d recommend.

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    Light, gentle story but not entirely to my taste

    So I finally finished this book. It captured me initially but not exactly a page-turner that had me hooked. The characters were all highly relatable to me but we never completely get to know them all. The author’s Aboriginal heritage is on strong display here, but I couldn’t help feeling it was a bit of a crusade of hers to constantly reference the characters’ culture. Could be just me not relating to that aspect (as a white woman), although some of the historical facts were interesting. I normally read thrillers so found it difficult to get into this book, but it is a gentle, meandering story about a group of girlfriends living in current-day Brisbane.

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    Ok reading for a teenager

    The story line & setting was Ok & I enjoyed the mention of Brisbane Suburbs & places, but overall I found the writing lacking substance. An easy read best suited to a short story in a magazine

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    Recommend!!!

    Well written novel with strong characters that are easily to relate to and the language flows well. I would love to read Anita Heiss’ other novels! Recommend reading, brilliant. Couldn’t put it down.

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    It was a brilliant read. I really enjoyed this beautiful book

    The life’s of these woman was so well written you could find your self thinking about the story. Line after you put the book down… Wanting to get back to the book as soon as possible.. I really enjoyed reading this and will look for more by this author. This was one of the nices reviews I have done … This was brilliant as I was on a cruise and relaxing in a deck chair with the sea breeze blowing reading while having a cocktail. Thank you so much.

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    2nd review FANTASTIC

    I have now finished the book and it was great. Some very strong characters but would of liked to of known them even more and not swap about as much. I would recommend to my friends.

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    Fantastic

    I posted a review when I was halfway through and the book got better. I loved the feeling I had when I read it and I am still raving about it. Strong characters who are easy to relate to and yes, their are some stereotypes and some clichés but for me they didn’t interfere with the story that was touching and informative. I am recommending this book to everyone and will read more from the author.

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    A light read for the weekend.

    I enjoyed reading Tiddas by Anita Heiss. It was a light read, which I could keep reading even though the kids were quite noisy and in my face most of the holidays. It’s a warm engaging story of friendship, life, love and five strong women that are well written characters that just pulls the reader in. It also makes me want to go on a little holiday up to Brisbane. Liked it and would recommed it to anyone who wants a nice easy read for the weekend.

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    Good read.

    Have just finished reading this book. It’s as an enjoyable read, but I found that the author did not delve deep into each character as much as I would have liked. She jumped from character to character too quickly for my liking. However, it was certainly an easy and enjoyable read and one which I looked forward to reading each night before bed.

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    Could not put this book down.

    Tiddas was an amazing book, one of the best I’ve read in a long time. It tells the story of five very different women, who share a deep friendship and use a regular book club meeting as a way of catching up. The women all originate from the same country town,and have grown up in varying circumstances of culture and wealth. I enjoyed the interwoven story of these women and their trials and tribulations and found it to be very relevant to modern day society. Each is addressing their own personal battles and one by one these battles come to light at book club and through luncheons etc. It is a story of deep abiding friendship, that transcends cultural barriers or monetary status. I loved the references to landscape and the richly interwoven cultural references. Once I had read the book I took a look to see what else Anita Heiss has written, as I will seek out her books for further reading. I thoroughly recommend this book.

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    Best read in a long time

    I,m so enjoying this book it’s been a long time since I had a great read. I mean a read you can not put down. I love the way it wraps its self around different life’s of friends. I,m looking for to seeing how this book ends up . I,m only a few chapters in but really want to sit and read. But like tall things jobs need to be done so should be finished in about another two weeks …so full review then.. But I would tell anyone what a brilliant great read in fact my daughter wants it after me . As I took it with me to baby sit her girls oh dear ….

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    Great read

    Finally got time to read and OMG it was brilliant. Really loved the fact that you could relate to it.Have learnt a lot about the aboriginal heritage and racism that i did not realise. This insight to their life is a real eye opener and i couldnt put the book down till i finished it. My daughters have it now and i am waiting on their opinion.

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    Hooked

    I am halfway through the book and would have gladly taken my book yesterday to our family Easter celebrations and just read it. It is a lovely story of best friends and how life takes you to places you may not like but friends are always there. I also appreciate the attachment to country and how we are connected to our environment whether it be a suburb, town or river. Everyone needs a copy. I can’t wait to finish it all curled up with a cuppa on the lounge.

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