Good Reading : May 2015
GOOD READING MAY 2015 7 MY SAY this: ‘black’, ‘slack’, ‘slick’ and so on until you make ‘white’.You can’t wr ite the words down. It has to be all in your head. Anna tries listening to music but she finds it devastating. Music feeds the emotions. So she turns to audio books, voraciously listening to them on a cassette deck. CD players are too difficult to use as you can lose your place too easily in the dark. It’s a small circle of actors used for audio books, so she gets to know the voices well. She feels she knows them personally. Anna discovers that she loves SAS thrillers. She revels in the practical information they offer, such as the tip to keep one eye shut when looking at a map at night. The eyes takes 40 minutes to adjust to darkness after being in light. By keeping one eye shut, SAS members can quickly adjust back to the dark. She now also knows how to cover her scent if a dog were to track her. She sees the irony in her acquiring all this infor mation, as she is the least likely person to ever need it. She even tries knitting, but it was frustrating because if she lost track she could not work out what stitch she was up to. Anna has telephone friends and an amazingly supportive partner and family.They are a strength, but the true strength lies in her. It’s an incredible story. KATE FORSYTH is an Australian author who has kept a secret diary since she was 12 years old. She has an entire shelf filled with her journals. See page 28 MAUREEN EPPEN is a freelance journalist and would-be novelist with a penchant for reading quality Australian literature. See page 34 OLIVER MOL is a Sydney-based writer who won the inaugural Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers See page 54 Get Social And Baxter, who’s relieved that it’s getting chilly! After all, he’s Irish!