Good Reading : September 2009
book trivia Words of Gold Fore the Love o the Game The gold rush is about to get more personal thanks to the State Library of Victoria. Through a pub the library raised $50 000 to purchase the diaries of Samuel Lazarus, who worked in the fields in 1855. The author took time each day to record his activities, which ranged from the mundane to the extraordinary, and 150 years later his writing is able to describe to a modern audience what it was like to live and work during the frenzy of the gold rush. These diary entries are available in the State Library website at http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/collections/treasures/lazarus1.html The Bible 2.0 The fragments of the oldest surviving Christia Bible have been reunited online. The Codex Sinaiticus was written by four Greek scholars in the mid-fourth century on animal hide and, of the 1400 original pages, 800 have survived, including the whole New Testament. The online version will include modern Greek and English translations and provides an insight into the way that the scriptures have been transmitted through generations. It is available through the British Library at http://www.codexsinaiticus.org Sometimes, It’s Who You Know It seems that Barack Obama’s presidency is generating book deals for his entire family. His own books, The Audacity of Hope and Dreams from my Father, have already sold over a million copies each and now his half-brother is giving it a try. George Obama is a Kenyan resident, and he will tell the story of his experiences with crime and poverty as a teenager, and his role in organising his community. Other Obama relatives to score a deal include the president’s halfsister, Maya Soetoro-Ng and brother-in-law, Craig Robinson. The doctoral dissertation of his late mother, Stanley Ann Durham, will also be published. George’s book, which is tentatively titled Homeland, is scheduled to be released next January. 12 goodreading ı SEPTEMBER 2009 Former boy band member Justin Timberlake is keen to become an author. The singer is so infatuated with the game of golf that he has had a literary agent send out proposal for a memoir based on his experiences with the sport, as well as the people he h e has teed a c h e g o d off with. Timberlake has been an avid golfer for years, regularly participating in charity tournaments and he even owns his own environmentally friendly golf course. He’s not the only musician to express his love of the sport in words, though. Last year, rocker Alice Cooper released Golf Monster, about his life as a golf addict. th A M g Mrs Hemingway It has been said that behind every good man is a great woman. Following this principle, Paula McLain’s new novel has sparked a bidding war in the US. As the author of some of America’s classic novels, Ernest Hemingway has been immortalised in literature, film and television. His hard drinking, fast moving lifestyle is well documented, but have you ever wondered about the women he shared it with? Hemingway, who had four wives, was no stranger to the fairer sex, and McLain’s novel, The Great Good Place, examines Hemingway’s early years through the eyes of his first spouse, Hadley Richardson. This will be the second novelised biography from a wife’s perspective in recent years, after Curtis Sittenfeld’s American Wife, a fictionalised version of former first lady, Laura Bush. Hemingway and Richardson on their wedding day. Book Trivia for September was compiled and written by Elizabeth McAnulty.