Good Reading : July 2018
It’s the 90s. Silvio Portelli returns to Melbourne after time spent teaching in England and rents a room from the charismatic octogenarian, Nancy Triganza. Nancy is having an elaborate aviary constructed to indulge her passion for birds. At a city sex shop, Silvio meets the mysterious Zlatko, a Bosnian immigrant and, in a previous life, a collector of rare birds. Silvio becomes obsessed with Zlatko, and his own journal and dreams begin to mirror Zlatko’s past and, in time, the reality of what happened in Bosnia. Such revelations are counterpointed by Silvio’s own tense wait to learn the results of his tests for HIV. Bold in design, Antidote to a Curse is a story in which the hunter becomes the hunted, the writer the subject, and vice versa. Rich with images and allusions yet grounded in the everyday, this is a startling debut. Cristina subtly draws the reader deep into a state of psychological obsession where only the truth can provide a way out. To enter, tell us what is Nanc y ’s passion? GOODREADINGMAGAZINE.COM.AU GOOD READING JULY 2018 42 Win one of five copies of The Nowhere Child by Christian White valued at $32.99 each. Two fabulous novels are up for grabs in this month’s competitions! Competitions TERMS & CONDITIONS 1. Entry is open to all residents of Australia and New Zealand from 1 July 2018 to 31 July 2018. 2. Employees and the immediate families of the promoter and agencies associated with this promotion are ineligible. 3. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 4. The first correct entries drawn from the competition on 1 August 2018 will win a copy of the book. 5 . The promoter accepts no responsibility for late, lost or misdirected mail. 6. The winners of the prizes will be notified by email in August 2018. Visit our Facebook page for more great competitions! Her name is Sammy Went. This photo was taken on her second birthday. Three days later she was gone.’ On a break between teaching photography classes in Melbourne, Kim Leamy is approached by a stranger investigating the disappearance of a little girl from her Kentucky home 28 years earlier. He believes Kim is that girl. At first she brushes it off, but when Kim scratches the surface of her family history in Australia, questions arise that aren’t easily answered. To find the truth, she must travel to Sammy’s home of Manson, Kentucky, and into a dark past. As the mystery of Sammy’s disappearance unravels and the town’s secrets are revealed, this superb novel builds towards an electrifying climax. The Nowhere Child is a tale of trauma, cult, conspiracy and memory, a debut from an exhilarating new Australian talent. To enter, tell us which American state Sammy Went disappeared from. Win one of five copies of Antidote to a Curse by James Cristina valued at $29.99 each.