Good Reading : December 2017
TOP NON-FICTION BOOKS FROM 2017 GOOD READING DECEMBER 2017 / JANUARY 2018 49 The Number Games by Adam Spencer The title of Adam Spencer’s latest book was inspired by Suzanne Collins’s ‘The Hunger Games’ books. But there are no murders in this book, and while it won’t test you physically, it will test you with its fun and often brain-busting numerical challenges, puzzles, r iddles and fascinating number facts. For a Girl by Mary- Rose MacColl This Australian author became involved in a love triangle with her schoolteacher and the teacher’s husband that resulted in her relinquishing a baby girl to a Catholic adoption service. She tells this Queensland story of long-held secrets without sentimentality. Random Life by Judy Horacek In her new cartoon collection, Judy Horacek trains her critical but whimsical gaze on every aspect of Australian life, from AFL, feminism and corporate greed to food fads, political short-sightedness, climate change and mediocre superheroes. A funny, insightful book. The Dog’s Last Walk (and other pieces) by Howard Jacobson Novelist and journalist Howard Jacobson wrote weekly columns for the UK’s Independent newspaper for 18 years. This is the second collection of more than 90 pieces from those years. This book is a keeper. Keep it beside your bed, sofa or bath. Only: A singular memoir by Caroline Baum Caroline Baum, a founding editor of Good Reading, details her early life and career in England, where she was raised as an only child by parents with traumatic backgrounds. After a busy career across several countries, Caroline settled in Australia, where she has carved out a career for herself as a journalist and broadcaster with a special interest in books. The Stranger in the Woods: The extraordinary story of the last true hermit by Michael Finkel In 1986, Christopher Knight disappeared into the woods near his Maine home, where he lived as a hermit for 27 years. Upon retur ning, he told his story only to Michael Finkel, who wrote a detailed psychological account of Knight’s life with compassion, understanding and respect.