Good Reading : August 2017
GOODREADINGMAGAZINE.COM.AU GOOD READING NOVEMBER 2015 14 ■ What inspired you to set your new book, The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club, in the Northern Territory of the 1970s? The era is almost purely because of The Thorn Birds. I wanted it to be the first book read by the Fairvale ladies and it was published in 1977. My novel is set in the Territory because I fell in love with the place when I first visited and have loved it more each time I have visited. It’s physically beautiful and dramatic, and it’s captivating in a way that has to be experienced to be believed. ■ What is it about the Northern Territory that constantly draws you back there? It’s so vast and changeable that there will always be something new to find – more colours to see, more places to discover, more stories to find. ■ Do you turn down your pages to mark your place or wr ite in your books? I turn down pages but I don’t write in books. ■ If given the opportunity to have an imaginary dinner party and invite six people (dead or alive), who would your guests be? Vivien Leigh – I want to know if Clark Gable really had bad breath when they filmed Gone with the Wind. Marilyn Monroe – so many reasons why. Serena Williams – because she’s the Greatest of All Time and it would be an honour just to be in her presence. Beyoncé Knowles-Carter – this should not need an explanation ... but if it does: Lemonade. Elaine Lui – I’ve been reading her blog, Lainey Gossip, for over a decade. She would be incredibly entertaining (and bring good gossip). John McEnroe – brilliant, hilarious, and he’d keep the conversation going if it ever looked like lagging. ME MY SHELF I GOODREADINGMAGAZINE.COM.AU GOOD READING AUGUST 2017 14 The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club by Sophie Green is published by Hachette, rrp $29.99.