Good Reading : July 2017
Beauty in Thorns Kate Forsyth If you’ve read one fairytale, you’ve read them all, right? A beautiful princess, held captive by evil forces, is set free by a handsome prince who whisks her back to his castle, where they live happily ever after. This, however, is not the case with Kate Forsyth’s newest historical saga, Beauty in Thorns. As one of Australia’s most loved authors, Forsyth is best known for her historical and fairytale retellings, and this book is no exception. Although based on the Grimm brothers’ tale ‘Sleeping Beauty’, this story is not restricted to the predictable princesses and princes that usually feature in childhood stor ies. This is a new tale, inspired by the real-life stories of the Pre-Raphaelites and their desire to breathe new life and meaning into the art world as they follow in the footsteps of those who came before them. We’re introduced to Dante Gabriel Rossetti in 1852, whose relationship with artists’ model Lizzie Siddal reaches breaking point as she becomes increasingly reliant on laudanum. While struggling to come to grips with his lover’s ailing health, Rossetti sets about making history with his good friends Ned Burne-Jones and William ‘Topsy’ Morris, who themselves have issues with the women in their lives – Georgie Macdonald and Jane Burden respectively. But these women aren’t destined to be wallflowers. Underrated though they may have been in real life, Forsyth’s heroines are just as lively and passionate as their male counterparts, adding an element of intrigue that is not always found in historical fiction. The blending of such strong characters, combined with Forsyth’s captivating interweaving plot lines, is admirable. I’ll definitely be reading more of her work. Whether you’re a fan of historical fiction, or just looking for something different, give Beauty in Thorns a go. ★★★★ Vintage $32.99 Reviewed by Jackie Smith GOODREADINGMAGAZINE.COM.AU GOOD READING JULY 2017 34 passionate as their male counterparts, adding an WORDOFMOUTH Here you’ll find reviews of recently released fiction titles, reviewed by passionate readers like you. Books are rated from 1 to 5 stars. Those recommended for book clubs feature a BC at the end of the review. You can write your own reviews of books you have read and send them to us at email@example.com and we’ll publish a selection in the magazine or post your reviews on our website. Book prices in this magazine are recommended only, but the books are available at reduced prices on our website. Online subscribers can read all the articles and reviews online in either magazine or web format, and all readers can find free bonus interviews on our website. Visit us at goodreadingmagazine.com.au. Follow us on social media to keep up to date with what’s new in books and find great books to win! RATINGS AUSTRALIAN AUTHOR About Kate Forsyth Kate Forsyth first became interested in fairytales as a child when she received a book of stories by the Grimm Brothers when she was in hospital.