Good Reading : June 2006
reader’s life Meet artist and writer Audrey Niffenegger ... ... and new stars Kate Morton and Deborah Robertson Have a chortle with Derek Parker on humorous books Caroline Lurie on her years with Elizabeth Jolley ORDER YOUR COPY NOW! NEXT ISSUE on sale 30 June Flinders Island is the largest island of the Fur neaux Group, the remains of the land bridge which connected mainland Australia to Tasmania about 7000 years ago. Our islands are small moun- tains rising in a chain at the easter n end of Bass Strait, stretching from Wilson’s Promontory to Banks Strait, and thence to Tasmania. Latitude 40º South runs through our place, but the climate is relatively mild, if a trifle windy from time to time. The population is about 900.Yes, I do know most of them. My husband and I run cattle and sheep on about 1400 hectares, and both Jamie and our son Charles are also abalone divers. The sea is rich with abalone and crayfish and flathead and scallops, and the land is stunningly beautiful. The trading boat comes in at least once a week, and we also have a small plane service connecting us to Launceston every day, and Melbour ne three times a week. There is no cinema, no fast food franchise, no public transport (except the school bus), no local radio station, and no bookshops. Since I came here to live in 1974, newly mar ried, we have gone from generating our own electricity with a thumping old diesel generator in the engine shed, to reticulated power, computers, the inter net and email. Fabulous! There is a tiny branch of the State library, which gives us access to thousands of books twice a week. I am president of the Local Government Association of Tasmania, so I travel a lot, leaving the island at least once a month, usually more. I think I know every branch of the State library in Tasmania. I read a mass of non-fiction, political analysis, history, auto- biography, and whodunnits at bedtime. I read gr for a view of the other world, the world away from Flinders. Then I know what to order from the library and what to grab in the rush between planes at the airport book- shop in Melbour ne or Sydney – because I must have something to read. I’m lucky: I love my role in local gover nment, and I love living on fresh, clean, windswept, salty Flinders Island. Best of all possible worlds. If you would like to be featured in this series, email no more than 400 words about yourself along the lines above plus a photograph of you showing where you live to: firstname.lastname@example.org This month we begin a new series, reader’s life. Each issue will feature a gr subscriber who will tell us a little about their life, where they live and what they read. The series kicks off with LYNN MASON, who lives on Flinders Island. 5th BIRTHDAY SPECIAL!