Good Reading : May 2017
GOOD READING MAY 2017 9 Dear gr I had just finished reading Joanna Trollope’s latest book, City of Friends, when Good Reading arr ived. So I was looking forward to reading your review of the novel. I agree with all that was said in the review, but I was disappointed with the star rating of three and a half. The novel is very complex and not just about female friendships. The main theme is an issue that faces many women – the conflict between personal and professional life. These four women are well educated, highly qualified, successful and passionate about their careers. How this passion affects their private lives is explored brilliantly by Trollope. One of them, Stacey, loses her job because she wanted more flexibility in her work on account of a pressing need in her personal life. This is another theme examined in the novel and one shared by many women. Trollope, in her novels, takes problems that many people have and exposes their effects on the lives of her characters with great skill and insight. I would give City of Friends four and a half to five stars. Janet Rickwood, Greenway ACT Dear Rowena I have only been reading gr for a few months but I always find interesting books to discover. A big thank you to your team and their intelligent reviews. I would like to share with you some recent reads that I have found very enjoyable. 1: The ‘Flavia de Luce’ series by Alan Bradley. These are set in 1950s Britain and are very clever murder mysteries, with interesting characters and plenty of humour and warmth. 2 : The ‘Colin Pendragon’ ser ies by Gregory Harris. Set in Victorian England, these murder mysteries have marvellous main characters. The sometimes rather lurid titles appear in alphabetical order; the first is The Arnifour Affair. I wonder if the author will make it to Z? 3: The last suggestion is a superb book by Matthew Griffin titled Hide. It’s an unusual love story. It’s one of those rare books that stays with you after the final pages, a terrific achievement and highly praised by several other authors. Will Penn, South Plympton SA YOUR SAY EDITOR & PUBLISHER • Rowena Morcom firstname.lastname@example.org DEPUTY EDITOR • Tim Graham email@example.com EDITORIAL MANAGER • Angus Dalton firstname.lastname@example.org ONLINE RESOURCES MANAGER Rosie Bisset email@example.com FINANCIAL DIRECTOR • David Morcom ART DIRECTOR • Danielle Cairis WORK/LIFE BALANCE SUPERVISOR Baxter the dog firstname.lastname@example.org PROOFREADER • Russell Thomson, AE ACCOUNTS ENQUIRIES email@example.com SUBSCRIPTIONS firstname.lastname@example.org Good Reading Magazine 1/7 Rosebery Place, Balmain NSW AUSTRALIA 2041 Tel: (61 2) 8090 1051 Fax: (61 2) 9810 2488 goodreadingmagazine.com.au ISSN 1445-2839 Subscription rates Print-only 12 months (11 issues) Australia $109.50 I New Zealand A$124.95 International A$205 Online-only 12 months (11 issues, single user) $70 Print and online 12 months (11 issues, single user) Aust $133 | NZ A$155 | International A$230 PUBLISHED BY Good Reading Magazine Pty Ltd ABN 38 003 750 150 1/7 Rosebery Place, Balmain NSW Australia 2041 goodreadingmagazine.com.au Tel: (61 2) 8090 1051 Copyright ©2017 Good Reading Magazine Pty Ltd All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written consent of the publisher. The views expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of the publishers. Liability howsoever arising as a result of the use of, or reliance upon, any advice, representation, statement, advertisement, opinion or conclusion expressed in Good Reading is expressly disclaimed by the publishers and participants in its preparation. PRINTED BY Emerald Press DISTRIBUTED BY Network Distribution Phone 02 9282 8777 Good Reading uses Macquarie Dictionary.