Good Reading : November 2017
GOOD READING NOVEMBER 2017 7 sure it had a happy ending with us discover ing just clothes and shoes, but all I remember was something really, really scary was in there. And I still haven’t changed my mind. There are my books on Egypt, a place I dreamed of going to for so many years. Books on artists as my love affair with Van Gogh’s work blossomed. I could see in my mind’s eye a new passion ignited as the gardening books piled up. A dominance of books about gardening in small spaces. Readers Digest guides to flowers and Yates guides are books I would pore over endlessly. I could tell you what plant was what as I walked any neighbourhood. Books on dogs, and more books on dogs. Renovating old homes. There is the biography of Dennis Lillee, signed by the great Australian fast bowler. I met him at a book signing held in the store I was managing. He had hands like plates. My hand disappeared into his, as if mine were of an eight year old, as we shook hello. And there is the biography of Carey Grant as my second great love affair took hold. Fantasy and science fiction. Classics like Gone with the Wind, and even books that I really didn’t like, but can’t seem to give away. Have I mentioned Wuthering Heights? I really hated reading it (blasphemy, I know) but the funny thing is that the story is still clear as a bell in my mind. A sign of a good writer. But I very much wanted her to get up out of bed! There is The Kite Runner, which I adored, and so many more. And my old books. Smelly, yellowed with age, leather bound. Beautiful works of art in themselves. There they all were. My life so far laid out so clearly through the books I’d loved. That’s the wonderful thing about the printed book. How you can simply look at it and feel that same emotion you had when you read it first. Going back to that time and reimagining those feelings. I’ve spent a week enjoying my literary life all over again. 7 FOREWORD MAUREEN EPPEN is a journalist and aspiring novelist who takes the Slow Movement literally – especially when taking part in fun runs. See page 24 CHRISTINE MILNE Is a former Greens senator and a long- time activist for environmental and social-justice causes. She makes the case for leading a political life. See page 12 DAVE WARNER is an Australian rock music icon and an award winning crime novelist. He’s resurrected a favourite character for his latest novel. See page 30 ALANA VALENTINE is a verbatim playwright; she constructs theatre pieces from real interviews and recorded conversation. Her latest play is called Barbara and the Camp Dogs. See page 46 FELICITY RUSE became a Fremantle Press Champion of Literature in 2016. With her husband, Tony Ruse, Felicity runs Silverstream Wines in Denmark, WA. See page 18 And Baxter superdog, who wishes to thank all those that generously helped to take him for a walk twice a day. They were very brave and very kind.