Good Reading : July 2015
GOOD READING JULY 2015 7 MY SAY movie) so I have some level of expectation that I will bring to this new book. Sometimes I get a little shock when a friend who I feel I have a reading synergy with doesn’t like a book that I lent them. And vice versa. I once gave a friend The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time to read and she hated it. I didn’t think anyone would ever not like that book. But it just wasn’t for her. Like food she wouldn’t want to eat, wine she’d prefer not to drink, or movies she’d rather not see. We all have a list of books we didn’t like. I certainly have a few that evoked an unexpected negative reaction in me. Twilight (although I’m not really in the target market) would be close to the top of that list, and another is Wuthering Heights. I know that the latter may cause a collective gasp, but I just couldn’t bear the depressing weather and battered minds of the characters, although it certainly evoked a sense of place. I wonder what the media reaction will be around the world to Harper Lee’s new book. And how will Harper Lee, now aged 89, cope with that? I hope we can all approach this new book with an open mind. Whether you or I will love it is yet to be seen, but I very much hope that it’s a raging success. I’d love to hear your thoughts. ANNE GRACIE once turned up her nose at the sight of romance novels. Now she writes them. And sells lots of them. See page 26 ANGUS DALTON is gr’s editorial assistant. His favourite word: foible. His least favourite word: fondle. See pages 16 and 34 MICHAEL LEUNIG is a Victorian cartoonist who has been entertaining Australians with his gentle but occasionally caustic humour for more than 40 years. See page 12 Get Social And Baxter, who loves a good long roll in the grass. PS Happy 14th birthday to us too!