Good Reading : January 2004
Dear Editor The December issue ar rived just in time to help me do my Christmas shopping. I had been wondering what to get my nephew who is a 'real outdoors' man -- your article on adventure books solved that problem. (I wouldn't have had a clue beforehand!) And my husband is going to love Ramachandra Guha's book on cricket, while my son will be delighted with the new Matthew Reilly novel -- just his cup of tea! I think I'll highlight a few books that I'd like and leave the magazine lying around -- they just might get the hint! Thank you so much for a good read every month. How did we ever get by without it? Best wishes Coralie Johnson via email Dear Editor I have read every word of every issue but because I sel- dom read fantasy/science fic- tion I do not remember any of the reviews.That is why I do not know whether you have discovered Jasper Fforde. I found his first book The Eyre Affair quite by chance; the title attracted me and leafing through I saw that Mr Rochester was mentioned several times and, as the protagonist was a Literary Detective, I decided to buy it. It was fantastic (sor ry!), people pop in and out of books; some of the fictional characters like Mr Rochester have a life outside the limits of the written role. It is a booklovers delight! I have since read his next two books: Lost in a Good Book and The Well of Lost Plots with equal delight and look for- ward to his next which is due out near the end of next year. I hope this whets some- one else's appetite! Regards Doreen Campbell via email Dear Editor I had the surprise of my life with the October issue... I just finished a dis- play for biographies at the Public Library that I work for, with a suggested read- ing list under the slogan 'Whose life is it anyway?' I went home at the end of the day to see with delight the new issue of GR was waiting for me. As I started to read the cover... Sur- prise! The issue was on biographies and the slogan was 'Whose life is it anyway' and I thought to myself, yes, 'what a won- derful world' but also how in tune we are -- your magazine and I. Have a magical day Marisa via email (GoodReading) 6 write on Each month, Good Reading will give a prize of a Parker Inflection Blue Ball Pen for the best letter we receive. The cool, brilliant colour of the Inflection Blue Ball Pen is achieved through the application of multiple layers of translucent lacquer enhanced with a subtle satin varnish onto a stainless steel base. Complemented with 14K gold plated trim and 23K gold plated nib, it is valued at $105.00. So get inspired and write to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 9 Stephen Street, Balmain NSW 2041 or fax us on 02 9810 2488. (Letters may be edited for clarity or length.) (readers'letters) Dear Editor I have every issue of GR since July 2001 and eagerly await the ar rival of each month's issue from my subscription. I am a great grandmother about to go into an aged care facility, and have said I would rather leave most of my clothes and take a large bookcase. I have been busy sort- ing my library and a lifetime's collection, and find it very difficult to throw any books into the giveaway pile. I read about two or three books each week with my one good eye. Even though my body is wearing out I'm fine from the neck up. I've had a lifelong love affair with books and still look forward to new authors like Alexander McCall Smith. His characters and stories are a delight. Thank you GR for bringing so much joy to both young and old. Best wishes Mrs Joan Bayly Albany WA contributors WINNING LETTER Regular Contributors Kate Absolum Alison Aprhys Gordon Bain Gareth Beal Berenice Buckley Ken Buckley Julia Champtaloup Roz Cheney Ali Cocksedge Birgit Collins Christine Cremen Robyn Cunningham Kerry Foster Pamela Freeman Anastasia Gonis Maggie Hamilton Grant Hansen Lachlan Jobbins Johanne Knowles Phillip Knowles Jody Lee Frances Love Helen McGovern Merle Morcom Kevin Patrick Judith Ridge Aimée Scott Theresa Sjoquist Jane Stephens Brooke Walker Special Contributors this month Michael Kirby is a justice of the High Court of Australia. Since being admitted to the bar in 1967, he has had a dis- tinguished legal career, including being the first Chairperson of the Australian Law Reform Commission and the President of the Interna- tional Commission of Jurists. Peter Stevens has been a teacher of Drama and Theatre Studies for many years; he's currently Head of Performing Arts at Bentleigh Secondary College, Melbourne. Charlotte Wood is the author of Pieces of a Girl. Her new novel, The Submerged Cathedral, will be published in March 2004 by Random House.