Good Reading : August 2018
GOOD READING AUGUST 2018 19 An artist marooned on a remote island in the Arafura Sea contemplates his survival chances. He understands his desperate plight and the ocean’s unrelenting power. But what is its true colour? A young woman nurses a baby by a lake while hiding brutal scars. Uneasy descendants of a cannibal victim visit the Pacific island of their ancestor’s murder. A Caribbean cruise of elderly tourists faces life with wicked optimism. Witty, clever, touching and always inventive, the 11 stor ies in The True Colour of the Sea take us to many varied coasts: whether a tense Christmas holiday apartment overlooking the Indian Ocean or the shabby glamour of a Cuban resort hotel. Relationships might be frayed, savaged, regretted or celebrated, but here there is always the life force of the ocean – seducing, threatening, inspiring. In The True Colour of the Sea, Robert Drewe – Australia’s master of the short story form – makes a gift of stories that tackle the big themes of life: love, loss, desire, family, ageing, humanity and the life of art. To enter, tell us where in which sea is the island that an artist is marooned on. The Girl on the Train meets Before I Go to Sleep with a dash of Bridget Jones in this chilling tale of love gone horribly wrong ... Some love affairs change you forever. Someone comes into your orbit and swivels you on your axis, like the wind working on a rooftop weather vane. And when they leave, as the wind always does, you are different; you have a new direction. And it’s not always north Any woman who’s ever been involved with a bad man and been dumped will understand what it feels like to be broken-hearted and bent on revenge. Taylor Bishop is hurt, angry and wants to destroy Angus Hollingsworth in the way he destroyed her: ‘Insidiously. Irreparably. Like a puzzle he’d slowly dissembled ... stolen a couple of pieces from, and then discarded, knowing that nobody would ever be able to put it back together ever again.’ Taylor consults The Art of War and makes a plan. Then she takes the next irrevocable step – one that will change her life forever. Things start to spiral out of her control – and The Sunday Girl becomes impossible to put down. To enter, tell us which book Taylor reads to make help her make a plan. Competitions TERMS & CONDITIONS 1. Entry is open to all residents of Australia and New Zealand from 1 August 2018 to 31 August 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 3 September 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 September 2018. This month you could win a collection of short stories by one of Australia’s master storytellers or a new chilling thriller by a debut Australian writer. Win one of five copies of The True Colour of the Sea by Robert Drewe valued at $29.99 each. Win one of five copies of The Sunday Girl by Pip Drysdale, valued at $29.99 each.