One of our readers has sent us her review of a book she borrowed from Bream Library. You can find it on our adult fiction shelves.

This is a very funny book that had me laughing out loud at some parts, and also left me quite heartbroken.

If you love Australian humour then you will love this book which I literally stumbled across in Bream Library. I had never heard of the book, or the author before -although it was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize in 2008.

It’s quite a tale, an epic achievement. Although its 711 pages long its one of the best comic books I’ve read; just wonderful prose and intelligently constructed.

The Amazon UK website describes the book:

From his prison cell, Jasper Dean tells the unlikely story of his scheming father Martin, his crazy Uncle Terry and how the three of them upset – mostly unintentionally – an entire continent. Incorporating death, parenting (good and bad kinds), one labyrinth, first love, a handbook for criminals, a scheme to make everyone rich and an explosive suggestion box, Steve Toltz’s A Fraction of the Whole is a hilarious, heartbreaking story of families and how to survive them.