Good Reading : June 2006
foreword Pearl is a child who strives to get things right. But the events of one day are about to change her life, and nothing may ever be right again. In ways connected but unforeseen, this child’s tragedy will also enter the lives of two strangers. Through a seductively woven plot that reﬂects the interlacing nature of our lives, Careless explores the ties of caring and responsibility, for the living and the dead, that are formed, and broken, in our society. On 14 October, 2002, Margaret Tobin, Director of South Australia’s Mental Health Services, was shot dead in her Adelaide ofﬁce. Less than a month later, a deregistered psychiatrist who had previously worked under Tobin was charged with her murder. Inside Madness is a compelling tale that pieces together the methodical planning of Tobin’s murder, the tragic aftermath, and the occasionally bizarre court case that followed. But above all, it is the story of a dynamic woman, determined to better services for the mentally ill. When an aristocratic old lady is brutally murdered in her country home the night before 9/11, it takes all the resources of the FBI and Interpol to work out the connection between her and the possible motive for her death – a priceless Van Gogh painting. But in the end, it’s a young woman in the North Tower when the ﬁrst plane crashed into the building that has the courage and determination to take on both sides of the law and avenge the old lady’s death. Hannah is fourteen in the summer of 1991. In magazines she reads, celebrities plan elaborate weddings; in Hannah’s own life, her parents marriage is crumbling. And somewhere in between these two extremes – just maybe – lie the answers to love’s most bewildering questions. But over the next decade and a half, Hannah ﬁnds that the questions become more rather than less complicated… In her late twenties, Hannah ﬁnally ﬁgures out what she wants most – but she doesn’t yet know whether she’ll ﬁnd the courage to go after it. Pi cador Lit erary Fi ction $32.95 Tra de Paperback Ju ne 2006 Pi cad or Lit erary Fi ct ion $32.95 Tra de Paperback June 2006 Ma cmi ll an True Crime $35.00 Trade Paperbac k June 2006 www.panmacmillan.com.au Mac mil la nF icti on $32.95 Trade Pap erbac kJ une 2006 BOOKS OF THE MONTH With the crime book genre at an all-time high of popularity, we’ve gone all grisly this month and things that go bump – and a whole lot worse – in the night are very much to the fore. So make sure your house is secure and your nerves calm before reading on. Our author profile is of internationally successful crime writer Val McDermid, who has been terrifying the living day- lights out of her fans for close on twenty years now. In person, of course, she’s anything but ter rifying – but she is one very feisty lady, as you’ll discover on page 10. I remember sitting up all night, years ago, reading Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, the book that more or less started the moder n true crime genre. I was riveted. Australia’s Sandra Harvey has written and co-written four acclaimed true crime books about deeds that shocked the nation. On page 18 she surveys the true crime genre for us, concentrating on that Capote classic but also looking at the scene in Australia today. Our review section this month has three pages of crime fiction, including an interview with underrated British crime novelist Andrew Taylor by freelance writer Guy Mosel. In our ‘Last word’ section, Sophie Masson – best known for her hugely popular fantasy novels – sticks up for the late lamented queen of them all, Agatha Christie, whose books still outsell those of everyone else yet whose oeuvre is frequently sneered at by people who dismiss her as a ‘cosy’ novelist. But as ever, we don’t let one type of book monopolise the magazine. Our cover story is on the lovely Célestine Hitiura Vaite, one of a growing ar my of gorgeous young Australian novelists who seem to be taking over the world. Read Jody Lee’s interview with her on page 16 and discover the excellent use to which she’s putting the fruits of her international success in her original home country, Tahiti. On page 22 we run a delicious recipe for pork chops from another Australian making waves overseas, Jill Dupleix. Our article on the tenth Byron Bay Writers’ Festival, to be held in August, begins on page 27. On page 30 there’s an entertaining interview that veteran reviewer and contributor Alan Gold had with Ber nard Cornwell, whose brilliant historical novels are enjoyed by countless thousands of people. Finally, in our book bite section that begins on page 50, we run a story from Swallow the Air by ter rific new indigenous writer (and another gorgeous young Australian!) Tara June Winch. So if you want goosebumps or simply a rattling good read, you’ll find something to suit this month.