Good Reading : May 2009
caught reading good readers This year, the Brisbane Writers’ Festival will run from 9 to 13 September. CLIVE HODGES called into their offices in South Brisbane to ask some of the staff what they were currently reading. Abi of Highgate Hill, Qld What are you reading? Shakespeare’s Wife by Germaine Greer. Why that book? Saw Germaine speak about it in Brisbane and my interest was piqued. What’s it about? It’s a biography of Ann Hathaway. Are you enjoying it? Very much so – this is a fascinating subject approached with Greer’s signature wit and insight. Would you recommend it to others? I already have! It’s well written and easy to read. Did you buy or borrow it? I bought it. Mark of Coorparoo, Qld What are you reading? Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J K Rowling. Why that book? It’s a real page-turner, well written, easy to read and my children adore it. What’s it about? Not telling – you need to read it yourself. Are you enjoying it? Yes, it’s fabulous! Would you recommend it to others? Yes. Did you buy or borrow it? I bought it. Stuart of Greenslopes, Qld What are you reading? The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Why that book? Lent to me by a friend. What’s it about? The journey of a man and his son through a post-apocalyptic world. Are you enjoying it? Yes – it’s gripping, confronting, and emotionally challenging. Would you recommend it to others? Absolutely – the writing is extraordinary. Did you buy or borrow it? Borrowed it. Michael of West End, Qld What are you reading? Song for Night by Chris Abani Why that book? To quote Dave Eggers: ‘If you want to get to the molten heart of contemporary fiction, Abani is the starting point.’ What’s it about? It’s a West African boy soldier’s lyrical, terrifying, yet beautiful journey through the nightmare landscape of a brutal war. Are you enjoying it? This is one of the most powerful books I’ve read in years. Would you recommend it to others? Absolutely! I was totally gripped. Did you buy or borrow it? It was given to me. Caught Reading is brought to you by Best Western Hotels www.bestwestern.com.au Jane of Brisbane, Qld What are you reading? Leonard Woolf by Victoria Glendinning. Why that book? Victoria Glendinning came to the Brisbane Writers’ Festival. I was awestruck. I called my eldest child Vita, after reading Victoria’s biography of Vita Sackville-West. What’s it about? The life of Leonard Woolf. Are you enjoying it? It’s a fascinating insight into an interesting man who adored Virginia Woolf. Totally entrancing – I limit the pages that I read each night so that I can make it last longer. Would you recommend it to others? Definitely! Even if you don’t usually read biographies. Did you buy or borrow it? I bought it – through the fabulous bookshop at the State Library of Queensland.