Good Reading : April 2006
FEBRUARY 2006 ı goodreading 7 me my shelf i ● What are you reading now and why? I have just finished reading The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by William H Shar ma. A friend of mine gave it to me for Christmas just before I headed off on my holiday and it was the perfect book for me to read during time off – a lot of food for thought. They say the right book comes at the right time … ● Who are your favourite authors? I love reading autobiographies – anything from Sting to Martha Stewart to Nelson Mandela. People’s real life stories fascinate and feed me. ● Which books have had the most influence on your lifestyle or philosophy? I would have to say books on art, design and creativity. This is what I am drawn to most and find most inspiring. ● Which author would you most like to meet, and why? Eckhart Tolle, who wrote The Power of Now, because living in the present is easier said than done. Maybe he could give me a few pointers – I’m always thinking months, years down the track. I find it hard to live totally in the present. ● Is there a well-known book you never finished or did not enjoy? The Bible. ● Which book/s did you love best as a child? Storm Boy by Colin Thiele. I absolutely loved that book … I thought I was Stor m Boy! ● What is your all-time favourite book? My mum gave me a copy of The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran many years ago … it’s a beautiful book full of wisdom for living life well. ● Do you have a favourite fictional hero/heroine? I think I would have to say Storm Boy again, just because when you are a kid and a book, story or character con- nects with you strongly it leaves such a lasting impression of how it made you feel and how it coloured your world at that time … and everything is felt so intensely when you’re young. ● Do you have a favourite film of a book, and if so why? Definitely Lord of The Rings. It’s the only time I’ve read a book and then watched the film and haven’t been disap- pointed. ● Where are most of the books in your home? In the living room and bedroom. ● Looking at the books on your shelves, is there any one category that dominates? Yes, design. ● How are the books on your shelves organised – or aren’t they? They are not organised at all … but one day when I renovate my house I want to have an organised library or den that I can escape to. ● Do you have a favourite bookshop? In Sydney you can often find me browsing through my local bookstore, Bookacino in Avalon, or in Berkelouw Books or Ariel in Paddington. jamie durie JAMIE DURIE burst onto the national TV scene in 2000 when he hosted the hugely popular garden transformation program ‘Back- yard Blitz’ and later the lifestyle renovation program ‘The Block’. A landscape designer and horticulturalist by training, his contemporary landscape style has been shaped by the Australian climate and he has promoted the idea of the ‘outdoor room’ through his designs, programs and books. He and his programs have won many Logies, and in 2003 Jamie was awarded a Centenary Medal in recognition of his charity work. So, what does he read when he isn’t digging, planting or planning?