Good Reading : October 2006
book trivia the meaning of night A couple of months ago the first 50 readers who sent in a card received a free proof copy of Hachette Livre’s big spring title, The Meaning of Night by Michael Cox. Here’s a selection of their comments on the book: ‘A gripping tale that transported me into the streets and society of mid-19th century England’ – Y Witton, Sydney ‘Fascinating, wonderfully researched, an “unputdownable” read’ – M Cíovíca, Perth ‘I think this will be a very important book, not simply because it is a great story, but because of the moral dilemmas it presents, none of which has a simple solution’ – A Inglis, Adelaide ‘Delicious, unforgettable and beautifully crafted’ – S Karas, Perth ‘It lingers on the mind, long after it has ended’ – S Mulcahy, Cair ns ‘The multilayered plot is meticulously constructed and flawlessly executed’ – J Nolan, SA to market, to market Last month saw the ﬁrst ‘farmers’ market’ style book sale in a square in central Manchester, England. More than 40 independent publishers sold their books direct to the public during a day of activities that included book launches and readings from the likes of Liverpool’s Dead Good Poets Society. The market was the initiative of several smaller independent publishers who have been disappointed at the shelf space allocated to their books in high-street bookshops compared with that given over to the big multinational publishers. w t o en ter for ms par t of t he t erm s and conditions of entry.2.Entry is open to all residents of Australia and New Zealand who are readers of Good Reading magazine. Entries must be made between 1/10/06 and 31/10/06 and be sent to Good Reading Magazine, GPO Box 3835, Sydney NSW 2001. Employees and their immediate families of the promoter and agencies associated with this promotion are ineligible. 3. The judge’s decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. Prizes are not transferable and cannot be taken as cash. Any change in the value of the prize occurring between 01/7/06 and the date the prizes are claimed is not the responsibility of the promoter and any difference in prize value will be the responsibility of the winner. The total prize mentioned is the recommended retail value as provided by the supplier and is correct at the time of printing. Prizes will be provided by The Australian Book Group. 4. The first valid entry drawn will win books valued at $161.85. The second valid entry drawn will win books valued at $121.80. The third valid entry drawn will win books valued at $99.80. The fourth valid entry drawn will win books valued at $85.45. The total prize draw is valued at $468.90. 5. The draw will take place at no. 9 Stephen St Balmain NSW 2041 at 11am on 1/11/06. The winners will be notified by mail and their names will be published in the December issue of Good Reading magazine on 1/12/06. 6. The promoter shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever that is suffered or for any personal injury suffered or sustained in connection with the prizes. 7. The promoter accepts no responsibility for late, lost or misdirected mail. 8. The promoter may conduct such further draws at the same place as the original draw as are neces- sary on 24/3/07 in order to distribute the prize if it remains unclaimed by that date, subject to any written directions given under Reg 37 of the Lottery and Gaming Regulations 1993 (S.A.). 9. All entries become the property of the promoter. 10. The promoter is Good Reading Magazine Pty Ltd of 9 Stephen St Balmain NSW 2041 ABN 38 003 750 150 NSW Permit no.TPL06/10374 ACT Permit no.TP 06/03796 Win! 1st prize $161.85 worth of books 2nd prize $121.80 worth of books 3rd prize $99.80 worth of books 4th prize $85.45 worth of books from the Australian Book Group To enter simply write your details on the back of an envelope and mai to ‘Australian Book Group Competition’, GPO Box 3835 Sydney NSW 200 or enter online at www.goodreading magazine.com.au laura days ‘When the evening sun slants through the gums, By my forest-rimmed abode Once more the old clear picture comes, And my mind drifts down the road; Back to the town by Beetaloo, Where the Rocky River strays; Back to the old kind friends I knew In the dear dead Laura days.’ This was part of the poem CJ Dennis (1876– 1938) wrote to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of his childhood home town, Laura, South Australia, in 1932. Laura is justly proud of her illustrious and prolific son, who’s been called ‘the laureate of the larrikin’ and who always remembered his time in Laura with great affection. Dennis’s first poem to be published, ‘The Singular Experiences of Six Sturdy Sportsmen’, about hunting kangaroo in the Beetaloo Hills outside town, appeared in the Laura Standard in 1898. Ron and Ann Reynolds took these photographs of statues of Dennis on a recent visit to Laura.