Good Reading : September 2016
GOODREADINGMAGAZINE.COM.AU GOOD READING SEPTEMBER 2016 10 George Orwell Statue Guards Media Sculptor Martin Jennings, who has previously crafted busts of Queen Elizabeth and Charles Dickens, has been commissioned to create a life-size sculpture of George Orwell to stand outside the London offices of the BBC. The author of 1984 used to work for the broadcaster but stormed out for good in 1943, saying that he was ‘wasting my own time and the public money on doing work that produces no result’. It’s rumored that Room 101 from 1984 was based on a room he worked in at the BBC. A statue of Orwell was rejected by the BBC four years ago – he was still viewed as too provocative a figure – but the new statue has been accepted and will be unveiled with this epigraph: ‘If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.’ BOOK TRIVIA Haunted Bookshop The Haunted Bookshop was established in Melbourne in 1997, and it’s since become an internationally renowned haven for paranormal tomes, supernatural sightings and all things occult, alien and otherworldly. The shop is run by Drew Sinton, a Satanist, ghost- hunter and a legal vampire, who leads a ghost tour twice a week, which start from the bookshop after night falls. Whether you’re brave enough for the tour or just want to poke your head in for a fleeting glimpse of the spooky stuff on the shelves, watch out for Donald, the shop’s resident spirit. The Complete Maus by Art Spiegleman was the first graphic novel to win a Pulitzer Prize. It’s a retelling of the Holocaust in comic format, in which Jews are portrayed as mice and the Nazis as cats. Out soon Syria speaks Tim Winton’s new essay collection. Earlier this year, a woman flying back from her honeymoon in Turkey was reported for ‘suspicious behaviour’ and detained for reading a book titled Syria Speaks: Art and culture from the frontline. The British Muslim psychotherapist was interrogated by police at Doncaster airport under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act. The book is a collection of essays by artists aimed at ‘challenging the culture of violence’, and it has enjoyed a huge boost of publicity. The publisher had to order a reprint as sales skyrocketed. An artist’s impression of how the George Orwell statue will look outside the BBC’s New Broadcasting House.