Good Reading : August 2006
foreword Pan Aust ral ia Biography / Aut obio graphy $22.95 B-Forma tPa perback Augus t 2006 Macmi llan Austral ia History $32.95 Trade Paperback August 2006 Macmil lan Austral ia Soci alI ssu es $32.95 T ra de Paperback August 2006 www.panmacmillan.com.au Ma cmi ll an Aust rali a Fiction $32.95 Trade Pap erba ck Au gust 2006 BOOKS OF THE MONTH In 2003, Frances Whiting’s collection of her best columns, Oh, To Be a Marching Girl, was a runaway success. Now, That’s a Home Run, Tiger! ﬁlls us in with what has been occupying the much-loved columnist over the last few years. As well as her unique take on men, women, family, work, world events and celebrities, Frances, a ﬁrst-time mum, tackles motherhood head on. Grappling with all the big issues – like enrolling in Competitive Mothering 101, it’s a warm, funny stroll through the perils of parenting. Girls Like You is a searing non-ﬁction narrative that tracks the cascade of crimes by six brothers from Pakistan after they arrive in Sydney. In a catalogue of outrages, women are raped and men die. As the net eventually closes on the perpetrators the book becomes a courtroom drama. Paul Sheehan follows each shocking case, as the girls search for justice in a legal system loaded in favour of the defendant rather than the victim. Rhodesia, 1943 Paul Bryant is a Squadron Leader ﬂying a desk at a pilot training school at Kumalo air base. Pip Lovejoy is a volunteer policewoman. When Felicity Langham, a high proﬁle WAAF from the air base, is found raped and murdered, Pip and Bryant’s paths cross. Suspicion falls on the local black community, but Pip’s investigations unearth a link between the Squadron Leader, the controversial heiress Catherine De Beers and the dead woman, which throws the case in a new, disturbing direction… In 1858, an expedition led by John McDouall Stuart departed from the North Flinders Ranges. The Australian continent stretched for another 2,000 kilometres to the north and 2,500 to the west and no white man had any idea of what was there. Mr Stuart’s Track is a fascinating study of a loner, an explorer of no ﬁxed abode, who battled alcoholism and ill health to push himself to the limits to become the ﬁrst European to cross Australia from south to north and return again. Despite having told you in July that this month’s issue has exclusively male inter views, a last-minute change of plan (ah, what would life on a monthly magazine be without last- minute changes of plan!) has meant that we are in fact running an interview with Jane Friedman, inter national CEO of HarperCollins, who was out here visiting the Australian operation recently and is definitely on the distaff side. Read what she has to say about publisher-reader relations on page 22. But Jane (and Rachel Ward) aside, this month’s issue has a decidedly blokey feel. Our author profile is of Bryce Courtenay, he of the multi-bestselling oeuvre. Read how he has incor- porated his South African and Australian experiences into his novels on page 8. Another bestselling author has had a very different life: Boris Akunin, once an academic who declared the death of the novel, is now an inter nationally known crime writer, and Ben Naparstek’s interview with him is on page 12. Tim Flannery has written many challenging and important books, about nature conservation, natural history, and our history of land management (or mismanagement), but none more so than his latest, The Weather Makers, in which he outlines the ways in which humans are affecting the climate of the planet. Tim recently recorded this as an audio book;gr takes a look at this and his other work on page 16. That’s followed on page 18 by Lachlan Jobbins’s dive into the adrenalin-drenched world of action-packed adventure books, thrillers whose heroes are unstoppable savers of humankind from dastardly villains and fiendish plots. (And Lachlan so enjoyed the experience that he wrote us a letter about it, which we’ve run on page 6.) Our advertising manager Beth Parton has put together a great Fathers Day gift guide, jampacked with goodies for dads everywhere, which starts on page 23, and on page 46 you can read about the resurrection of the old clipper ship James Craig, a monumental labour of love by hundreds of dedicated sailors. On page 54, author Conn Iggulden fondly remembers his boy’s own adventures in childhood – the reason he and his brother Hal decided to put together a book for boys which encourages good old-fashioned boyhood daredevilry. I’m sure all parents and grandparents reading this will agree with me that anything that inspires boys and young men to acquire the habit of read- ing as well as adventuring just has to be A Good Thing. We had such an overwhelming response to The Meaning of Night offer that several hundred readers will have missed out on a free advance proof. But stay tuned, as we intend to feature more such offers in the future and maybe you’ll have better luck next time!