Good Reading : November 2006
6 goodreading ı NOVEMBER 2006 Dear Editor I have just received my first issue of gr and I can only compare flicking through it with perusing a fine dining menu. I’ve always enjoyed reading and your article on travel literature [September issue] spoke to me, Bill Bryson being one of my favourite writers. I’d love to tell your readers about one of my favourite books. It’s called Oleander, Jacaranda: A Childhood Perceived by Penelope Lively. It’s set in Egypt before and during the Second World War and recounts the story of the author’s childhood, growing up in an idyllic country and later enduring a tumultuous situation. It certainly transported me to my parents’ home town and gave me an appreciation of what it must have been like to experience the ambience of a beautiful, exotic land. 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I have just returned from a holiday which was an experience of a lifetime, and wondered whether you would be interested to read about the books my fellow travelling companions were reading on the voyage. The Soren Larsen is a Tall Ship, a brigantine rig with an oak hull, weighing 125 tonnes, 44.2 m in length, with 12 sails and 29.9 m masts. We had 12 crew and 20 working passengers on board while we sailed for three weeks in the South Pacific, travelling from the Cook Islands to Tonga. Soon after boarding, I made a beeline for the ship’s library. Happily, I found several shelves of interesting books scattered throughout the ship. They were mostly donated, or left by previous passengers. Some were donated by seamen’s clubs and unions around the world. They covered various subjects, including reference books on wildlife of the high seas – whales, fish, birds – novels with a nautical theme, and of course books about exploration, discovery and adventure! Due to the possibility of books falling out of their shelves on rough seas, they are held in place by thin slats of timber called ‘fiddles’ which slot into small grooves at each end of the shelf. Thanks again for a wonderful magazine, which has brought me so much reading pleasure. Keep up the good work! Best wishes Vanessa Lauf via email Vanessa’s pieces on her own and her co-travellers’ reading matter on board the Soren Larsen appear on page 21. – Ed Each month Good Reading will give a prize of a Parker Sonnet matte black ball pen valued at $99.95 for the best letter we receive. The Sonnet has a deliciously tactile texture of hard-wearing matte finish on a sandblasted brass base with chrome-coloured trim and a ‘v’ engraved stainless steel nib. It has a twist action, is fitted with a standard ball refill, and is available from leading pen specialist shops and department stores nationwide. Freecall 1800 727 537 for your nearest stockist. So get inspired and write to us at email@example.com or 9 Stephen Street, Balmain NSW 2041 or fax us on (02) 9810 2488. (Letters may be edited for clarity and length.) On board ship, little slats of wood called ‘fiddles’ prevent books from sliding off shelves in rough seas.
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