Good Reading : April 2016
In 1998 British Labour MP Gwyneth Dunwoody campaigned to get Christopher Robin’s toys returned to the UK – without success. The toys were the original Pooh, Tigger, Kanga, Piglet and Eeyore that A A Milne bought from Harrods for his son nearly 90 years ago and which are now forlornly incarcerated behind glass in the New York Public Library. But the mayor of New York at the time, Rudoph Giuliani, was impervious to Dunwoody’s plea to free the unfairly confined fivesome. GOODREADINGMAGAZINE.COM.AU GOOD READING APRIL 2016 10 BOOK TRIVIA Barmy book titles Bit by bit Free the Pooh Five! The redoubtable The printed book is far from dead. It’s on the up and up! Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey and screenplay writer of the 2001 movie Gosford Park, is this month launching a book with a difference. Belgravia will marry 21st-century technology with the age-old art of storytelling. A free app containing the first episode of the new book will be available to download to smartphones and tablets, and a new bite-sized episode will be available each week for 10 weeks, complete with twists, turns and cliffhanger endings. Go to julianfellowesbelgravia.com. Now in its 38th year, the contenders for the Bookseller/Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year have been announced. The shortlisted book titles include Reading from Behind: A cultural history of the anus, which, quipped Horace Bent, the administrator of the prize, ‘is really trying to get to the bottom of its subject matter’. Another challenger, titled Reading the Liver: Papyrological texts on ancient Greek extispicy, will, says Bent, become ‘the go-to book on divining the will of the gods from the entrails of animals’. And Paper Folding with Children is a craft book that seems to assume that children are extraordinarily flexible, Bent notes. Winners from previous years include Managing a Dental Practice: The Genghis Khan way (2010), Goblinproofing One’s Chicken Coop (2012) and The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories (2003). Graeme Simsion’s novels were the most borrowed books in Australian libraries in 2015; The Rosie Effect topped the list and The Rosie Project scored second place. what’s hot Rosie Pooh Five!