Good Reading : May 2006
foreword Forensic Physician Dr Anya Crichton has taken a job at the Sexual Assault Unit. A deranged rapist is attacking women and suspicion immediately falls upon Geoffrey Willard, recently released from prison for the rape and murder of a teenage girl decades earlier. Unravelling the forensic evidence, Anya faces an enormous ethical dilemma. If her ﬁndings are correct, she could ruin a fellow pathologist’s career. In the process, Anya realises that she may be helping a rapist and murderer go free... Lachlan, John and Phoebe MacDonald, three young children tragically separated after the massacre at the Ballarat goldﬁelds, try to make their way in a world ﬁlled with poverty and war. Three tales of courage, hope and forbidden love set against the backdrop of the New Zealand Maori wars and an emerging Australian nation. Jamie Oliver, the Essex boy who went to tea with the Prime Minister, is a man on a mission. Encouraging an audience of fast food fans to cook rather than just defrost, he has put the passion back into eating. He has inspired a new generation of chefs and changed government policy. But, if he can make capitalism cool and train kids that the world has given up on to spin sugar, what does he have planned for the next ten years? Ruth likes women, and she’s even thinking of starting a women’s group: a small group of smart women who’ll care about each other and collectively gain more power for themselves and others. Then her father’s sixty-seven- year-old busty blonde girlfriend enters the scene, with a suitcase full of plans and Ruth’s carefully calibrated life is turned upside down. Macmi ll an Fi ct ion $32.95 Trade Pa perback May 2006 Picador Li te rary Fic tion $22.95 B-Format Pa perback May 2006 Macmil lan Ficti on $32.95 Trade Pape rback May 2006 www.panmacmillan.com.au Macmil la nBi ography $29.95 Trade Paperback Ma y 2006 BOOKS OF THE MONTH With my daugh- ter now in her twenties, it’s been a long time since I was involved in the world of children’s books. One of the many joys of becoming editor of gr was renewing my acquaintance with this lovely genre – I thoroughly enjoy choosing the picture books to review each month with our regular picture book reviewer, Merle Morcom, and sorting out the under 12 and over 12 books to send out to reviewers (and occasionally pinching one to review myself). So this issue was great fun to put together, because it has a special theme of books for children. The reading group pages this month are given over to a class of children who have been reading the classic Charlotte’s Web by EB White. Other books whose appeal is timeless are surveyed in our categorical article this month, on classic children’s books, on pages 18 and 19. Kate Forsyth is a passionate believer in bringing history to life for kids via vibrant historical novels rather than dry textbooks; she tells us about a few of her favourites on pages 20-21. Our practical book on page 22 features a fun project for kids, and on page 23 Merle Morcom casts her experienced eye over some of the latest non-fiction books for children. Felicity Pulman tells us about researching her popular ‘Janna Mysteries’ books on page 43, and on page 44 enterprising young Bevis Masson-Leach, a huge fan of Anthony Horowitz, interviews the author via email. Finally, our ‘Last word’ this month looks at an interesting concept: an imaginary world, conceived by two writers, which is then written about by other writers. The resultant ‘Quentaris’ series of fantasy books for young adults features on page 54. But of course we realise that not all of our readers have a special interest in children’s books. Those of you who don’t will still find plenty to whet and stimulate your literary appetite this month, from a fascinating profile of David Mitchell by Ben Naparstek on page 10 and a look at Melvyn Bragg’s intriguing new book about books that changed the world on page 16, to a glorious new guide to the places beloved by classical composers on page 46 and speculative fiction writer Tony Shillitoe on where he writes on page 53, plus the usual pages of reviews across all genres. And not least, the ter rifying final instalment of the short story we have been running over the past two months,Couching at the Door, on page 50. So, happy reading to all our readers!