Good Reading : February 2010
FEBRUARY 2010 ı goodreading 13 Noddy ready to set out on new adventures Readers have the chance to revisit Toyland, with the release of a new book to celebrate Noddy’s 60th birthday. Sophie Smallwood, who is the granddaughter of Noddy’s creator Enid Blyton has written a new book about the little wooden boy, the first in 45 years. Although Noddy’s old friends Big Ears, Tessie Bear and Mr Plod will be around to help whenever Noddy finds himself in a spot of bother, there will be no help from Mr Golly the golliwog, because of concerns of offending people. book trivia Songwriter gets into literature Country music star, Kasey Chambers, has written a children's book. The story is based on her own childhood experiences in outback Australia, and will be accompanied by an album that she recorded with her father, Bill, and eight members of her extended family who are under the age of eight. Little Kasey Chambers and the Lost Music by Kasey Chambers and Bernadette Werchon is available online. www.kaseychambers.com. From screen to book It's not unexpected to see a novel tur ned into a film and then into a video game. It is a bit strange, however, when it happens the other way around. Assassin's Creed is a computer game that takes place in 1191 and follows a time traveller as he tracks down an important artefact belonging to the Knights Templar, one of the groups that fought in the Crusades.This story has moved beyond gaming consoles and, thanks to Ubisoft and Penguin books, the sequel game, Renaissance, has been made into a novel. It's a historical saga, and publishers are hoping that it will be able to tap into the lucrative Dan Brown-style market. Assassin's Creed: Renaissance by Oliver Bowden is published by Penguin, rrp $32.95. TERMS AND CONDITIONS 1. Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these conditions. 2. The promoter is Good Reading Magazine Pty Ltd. 3. Entry is open to all residents of Australia. 4. Entries must be made between 01/2/10 and 28/2/10 and be sent to Good Reading Magazine, GPO Box 3835, Sydney NSW 2001 or entries can be made at www.goodreadingmagazine.com 5. The judging will take place on 1/3/10. 6. Prizes cannot be transferred or redeemed for cash. 7. The promoter accepts no responsibility for late, lost or misdirected mail. 8. Any change in the value of the prizes between the publishing date and the date the prizes are claimed is not the responsibility of the promoter. 9 Winning entries will be those that are judged to have the correct or best answers. 10. The winners will be notified by mail and their names will be published in the April issue of Good Reading and on the Good Reading website during March 2009. Three lucky readers will each win a copy of the DVD of George Gently Series 1, valued at $34.95 each, from Acorn Media. Scotland Yard's most incorruptible detective, George Gently (Martin Shaw), is an old-time copper in a rapidly changing world. Set in rural Northumberland during the mid- 1960s, based on Alan Hunter's detective novels, this series has been compared to Foyle's War and Midsomer Murders. Lee Ingleby stars as Gently's over-eager protégé. To win a copy, tell us the name of the actor who stars as George Gently. Write your answer, your name and your contact details on the back of an envelope and mail it to 'George Gently Competition', GPO Box 3835 Sydney NSW 2001 or enter online at www.goodreadingmagazine.com.au. 50 lucky readers will win a copy of The Long Song by Andrea Levy, courtesy of Headline. The story is set in Jamaica during the last turbulent years of slavery and the early years of freedom that followed. July is a slave girl who lives upon a sugar plantation named Amity and it is her life that is the subject of this tale. She was there when the Baptist War raged in 1831, and she was also present when slavery was declared no more. The story tells also of July's mama Kitty, of the people who worked the plantation land, of Caroline Mortimer, the white woman who owned the plantation, and many more people besides. To enter, tell us the name of the sugar plantation in The Long Song. Write your answer and your name and contact details on the back of an envelope and mail it to 'The Long Song Competition', GPO Box 3835 Sydney NSW 2001 or enter online at www.goodreadingmagazine.com.au.
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