Good Reading : March 2016
GOODREADINGMAGAZINE.COM.AU GOOD READING MARCH 2016 48 The High Mountains of Portugal is a story of a great quest for meaning, told in three intersecting narratives that touch the lives of three different people and their families, taking us on an extraordinary journey through the last century. We begin in the early 1900s, when Tomás discovers an ancient journal and sets out from Lisbon in one of the very first motor cars in Portugal in search of the strange treasure that the journal describes. Thirty-five years later, a pathologist devoted to Agatha Christie novels, whose wife has possibly been murdered, finds himself drawn into Tomás’s quest. Fifty years later, Senator Peter Tovy of Ottawa, grieving the death of his own beloved wife, rescues a chimpanzee from an Oklahoma research facility and takes it to live with him in his ancestral village in northern Portugal, where the strands of all three stories miraculously mesh together. To enter, tell us who discovers the ancient journal. Write your answer on the back of an envelope and mail to Yann Martel Competition, Good Reading, 14/7 Rosebery Place, Balmain NSW 2041 or enter on our website. Miroslav Penkov’s debut novel spins the intriguing tale of an Amer ican student who retur ns to Bulgar ia, the country he left as a child. His mission is to track down his grandfather and to find out why he suddenly cut off all contact with the family three years before. The trail leads him to a remote village on the border with Turkey, a stone’s throw away from Greece, high up in the Strandja Mountains – a place of pagan mysteries and black storks nesting in giant oaks; a place where every spring, possessed by Christian saints, men and women dance barefoot across live coals in search of rebirth. Here in the mountains, the student is drawn by his grandfather into a maze of half-truths. And here he falls in love with an unobtainable Muslim girl. Old ghosts come back to life and forgotten conflicts blaze anew, until the past finally yields up its plangent secrets. To enter, tell us the name of the mountains where the village is located. Write your answer on the back of an envelope and mail to Stork Mountain Competition, Good Reading, 14/7 Rosebery Place, Balmain NSW 2041 or enter on our website. Win one of 10 copies of Stork Mountain by Miroslav Penkov, valued at $29.99 each. Winoneof5 copies of The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel, valued at $29.99 each. Win a story about the discovery of an ancient journal or the tale of a student in mysterious Bulgaria. Competitions Terms and conditions 1. Entry is open to all residents of Australia and New Zealand. 2. Employees and the immediate families of the promoter and agencies associated with this promotion are ineligible. 3 . The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 4. First correct entries drawn on 1 April 2016 from each competition will win a copy of the book. 5 . The promoter accepts no responsibility for late, lost or misdirected mail. 6. The winners of the prizes will be published on the Good Reading Magazine website in April 2016. Visit our Facebook page for more great competitions!