Good Reading : May 2017
Books can be so very different from each other, can’t they? One minute I was reading a novel – The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti – about a girl who lost her mother. Her deadbeat father, who used to murder for a living, tries to take care of her. He also tries to rise above his criminal life to ensure her future. The next book I read was a thriller, and now I’m reading a fictional memoir, full of magnificent strangeness, about three polar bears. Books are truly amazing in their variety. And Baxter superdog. He’d very much like to meet a polar bear. GOOD READING MAY 2017 7 FOREWORD MARK HOLDEN is an Australian singer, record producer, television personality and barrister. Paul Kelly’s How to Make Gravy is one of his favourite books. See page 12 MALIN PERSSON GIOLITO was born in Stockholm in 1969. She works as a lawyer and lives in Brussels with her husband and three daughters. See page 16 MAUREEN EPPEN is a freelance journalist from Perth. She is in the early stages of writing her first novel, a coming-of-age tale. See page 26 MICHELLE MORGAN has worked in and around Sydney as a librarian and studied screenwriting by distance while living on Norfolk Island. See page 56 Yoko Tawada during a reading in front of the sculpture of Knut at Berlin’s Museum of Natural History. PS. I imagine you’ve all read the news that Amazon will be opening on Australian shores next year. I’m sure that makes a lot of Australian booksellers, online and bricks and mortar, quite nervous. I remember the onslaught of the super bookstores. I was a part of that scene in the ’90s and remember well the sense of panic from chain and independent booksellers. In the end the sky didn’t fall in although some bookshops suffered a sad fate, many still survived. Will the Australian public support Amazon over the local businesses? I’d be interested to know your thoughts.