Good Reading : October 2009
Book Quiz Spring has sprung, and it's a great time to remember classic, seasonal reads. This month, test your mettle with this Wind in the Willows quiz and see how familiar you are with the whimsical adventures of Mr Toad and his friends. 1. Who wrote this 1908 novel? 2. Who loses patience with spring- cleaning, and ventures out into the fresh air? 3. Owned by a very wealthy animal, which house is the nicest on the riverbank? 4. Who was sentenced to 20 years in jail and why? 5. After an absence, Toad finds something wrong with his home. What is it? 6. Mr Toad has many obsessions. What is his first? 7. Can you name the only other children's story by this author? book trivia Book To Film A new biopic will portray the life of 'Dr Death': controversial euthanasia advocate Jack Kevorkian. The US production company HBO Films (part of the company that produced Sex & the City and Six Feet Under) is making the film, called You Don't Know Jack, which will feature Al Pacino, Susan Sarandon and John Goodman. An adaptation of the non-fiction book Between the Dying and the Dead: Dr Jack Kevorkian's Life and the Battle to Legalize Euthanasia, it will trace Dr Kevorkian's life as he creates his infamous 'mercy machine', assists in his first suicide, and creates a media frenzy. A Very Hungry Bookworm Do you think that you're a keen book borrower? Odds are that you've got nothing on 91-year-old Louise Brown, a Scottish reader who has bor rowed over 25 000 books from local libraries. She took out her first book in 1946, and has bor rowed approximately six volumes per week ever since. Diary of a Young Girl A new generation will lear n about horror and hope from the pages of a young girl's diary, as Disney has acquired the rights to produce a new adaptation of Anne Frank: The diary of a young girl.The film will be written and directed by playwright David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross, Oleanna). Mamet will use the play by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich and the original diary to tell the story of the Jewish girl's years hiding from the Nazis with her family in a home in Amsterdam dur ing World War II. ANSWERS 1. Kenneth Grahame 2. Mole 3. Toad Hall 4. Mr Toad, because he stole a motorcar, drove furiously and was cheeky with the police 5. It has been over run with weasels, ferrets and stoats 6. A gypsy caravan 7. The Reluctant Dragon Goldie Goldbloom P/B ISBN: 9 781 921 361 630 Winner, USA Association of Writers and Writing Programs’ (AWP) Novel Award, 2008 Gin and Toad are freaks, shunned by the remote farming community in which they live. Then into their lives come two Italian POWs bringing music, sensuality and a love that will fan the ﬂames of small town bigotry. Get your free book club notes at www.fremantlepress.com .au THE PAPERBARK SHOE ‘… Goldie Goldbloom weaves an achingly sensuous story of forbidden love between characters at the margins. Quirky, haunting and deeply moving … I admired it enormously and couldn’t put it down.’ — Liz Byrski, Trip of a Lifetime.