Good Reading : December January 2010
20 goodreading ı DECEMBER 2009 / JANUARY 2010 Robert Coleby (actor) What are you reading? 500 of the Most Important Ways to Stay Younger Longer by Hazel Courtenay. Why that book? I'm an old man trying to defeat gravity. What’s it about? Anti-ageing regimes. Where did you get the book from? My daughter gave it to me last month for my 62nd birthday. She is a researcher/producer for the ABC science program Catalyst. Has it lived up to your expectations? I didn't expect much, so it surprised me. It is infor mative when not being self-contradictory. Would you recommend it to others? Yes, to others who are feeling decrepit. Robert stars in David Williamson's Let the Sunshine for Queensland Theatre Company in 2010. Libby Anstis (general manager) What are you reading? Omega Park by Amy Barker. Why that book? It won her the 2008 Best Emerging Author prize in the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards. What’s it about? A gr itty tale of urban Australian life in a rather depressing housing estate on the wrong side of the Gold Coast highway. Where did you get it from? It was given to me at the recent Queensland Premier's Literary Awards function. Has it lived up to your expectations? I'm having a love/hate relationship with this book. The nar rative and writing are great -- but it's an uncomfortable world to inhabit, even if it is only in the imagination. Would you recommend it to others? Yes, it's good to get out of your own life every now and again. readers' life caught reading This month we catch the Queensland Theatre Company in the act of reading, and find out what, and why. Hugh Parker (actor) What are you reading? Black Dogs by Ian McEwan. Why that book? I tend to read the entire output of an author if I really enjoy their work. I started with Enduring Love and I'm working back while still reading his new books. His ability to get into the mindset of his characters is what impresses me most. What’s it about? A life-changing incident for a young couple on honeymoon just after World War II. It involves two dogs. Subsequently the couple's son-in-law decides to write a family memoir starting with the honeymoon incident. Where did you get the book from? From my local library. Has it lived up to your expectations? I'm only a little way through but already McEwan's strong suit of building a well-defined sense of the individual through their own observations and experiences is coming through. Would you recommend it to others? I'd recommend anything of his, particularly to fellow actors because his writing is a case study of how to realise character. Hugh stars in Harold Pinter's Betrayal for Queensland Theatre Company in 2010. Andrea Moor (actor) What are you reading? Lots.With my daughter: Grace by Mor ris Gleitzman. For myself: Timebends: A life, Arthur Miller's autobiography; Arthur Miller: His life and work by Martin Gottfried; The Devil in Massachusetts by Marion L Starkey. Why those books? Grace -- because Gleitzman is our favourite children's author and we're trying to get through all his books. I won't let my daughter read them alone because I enjoy them so much too.The rest are all research for The Crucible but damn good reading as well! What are they about? Grace has a lot of resonance for The Crucible -- a young girl asks too many questions in a very strict reclusive Christian community. Miller's biographies cover his life and work and The Devil in Massachusetts is the book hat Miller based The Crucible on. Where did you get the books from? Local bookshop, online and at he library. Have they lived up to your expectations? They are all great! Would you recommend them to others? Yes. Andrea stars in David Williamson's Let the Sunshine for Queensland Theatre Company during 2010.