Good Reading : JULY 2016
GOODREADINGMAGAZINE.COM.AU GOOD READING JULY 2016 60 Baba Schwartz’s story began 15 years before the Holocaust. It’s the tale of a spirited girl in a warm and loving Jewish family, living a normal life in a small town in eastern Hungary. In The May Beetles, Baba describes the innocence and excitement of her childhood, remembering her early years with verve, before the Nazis arrived. But then Baba describes the shattering of her family and their community from 1944, when the Germans transported the 3000 Jews of her town to Auschwitz. Her father died in the gas chambers, yet she and her two sisters survived. They eventually escaped the final death march and were liberated by the advancing Russian army. Baba writes about this period of horror with the same directness, freshness and honesty as she writes about her childhood. Baba wrote the book in 1991 but only revealed the manuscript last year, when she was 88. The May Beetles will affect all readers deeply. To enter, tell us the year in which Baba wrote the book. Write your answer on the back of an envelope and mail to The May Beetles Competition, Good Reading, 14/7 Rosebery Place, Balmain NSW 2041 or enter on our website. Matriarch of the criminal underworld ... or the Robin Hood of inner Sydney? The legend of Kate Leigh, Sydney’s famed brothel madam, sly grog seller and drug dealer, has loomed large in TV’s Underbelly and every other account of Sydney’s criminal history from the 1920s to the 1960s. But she has never had a biography of her own. Despite having more than 100 criminal convictions to her name, Kate Leigh is also remembered as a local hero who gave money to needy families and supported her local community through the hard times of the Depression and war. In The Worst Woman in Sydney: The life and crimes of Kate Leigh, novelist and histor ian Leigh Straw teases out the full story of how this wayward reformatory girl from Dubbo made a fortune in eastern Sydney by becoming an organised crime entrepreneur, defying gender stereotypes of the time to become a leading underworld figure. To enter, tell us the NSW country town from which Kate Leigh came. Write your answer on the back of an envelope and mail to ‘The Worst Woman in Sydney Competition’, Good Reading, 14/7 Rosebery Place, Balmain NSW 2041 or enter on our website. Win one of five copies of The Worst Woman in Sydney: The Life and crimes of Kate Leigh by Leigh Straw valued at $29.99 each. Win one of five copies of The May Beetles by Baba Schwartz, valued at $34.99 each. You could win a memoir by an Australian Holocaust survivor or the tale of one of Sydney’s leading female underworld figures of the early 20th century. Competitions Terms and conditions 1. Entry is open to all residents of Australia and New Zealand from 1 to 30 July 2016. 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. The first correct entries drawn on 1 August 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 August 2016. Visit our Facebook page for more great competitions!