Good Reading : March 2006
MARCH 2006 ı goodreading 7 me my shelf i ● What are you reading at the moment? Shalimar’s Clown by Salmon Rushdie, Lunar Park by Brett Easton Ellis, You Gotta Have Balls by Lily Brett, The Call of the Weird by Louis Theroux, The Ballad of Desmond Kale by Roger McDonald and My Life as a Fake by Peter Carey. All my Oz Christmas presents – car ried back to London with difficulty! ● Who are your favourite authors? Patricia Highsmith, Kazuo Ishiguro, Jane Austen. ● Which books have had the most influence on your lifestyle or philosophy? Future Shock by Alvin Toffler. ● Which author/s would you most like to meet, and why? Through South Bank’s Literature Programme I have met Susan Sontag, Toni Morrison and Zadie Smith. All extraordinary experiences so can’t get too greedy. ● 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? I Can Jump Puddles by Alan Marshall. ● What is your all-time favourite book? The Leopard by Giuseppe di Lampedusa. ● Do you have a favourite fictional hero/heroine? Tess of the D’Urbervilles as heroine, Tom Ripley as hero! ● Do you have a favourite film of a book? Careful, He Might Hear You by Sumner Locke Elliott [which won the Miles Franklin Award in 1963]; the film made in 1983 was directed by Carl Schultz and star red Wendy Hughes, Robyn Nevin, Nicholas Gledhill and John Hargreaves. ● Where are most of your books? Across two continents, in two stores in Oz and all over our house in Bloomsbury. And there’s a growing pile next to my bed. ● Looking at the books on your shelves, is there any one category that dominates? No. A very queer and eclectic mix. Politics fighting with art fighting with fiction and everything else, including my growing file on London. ● How are the books on your shelves organised – or aren’t they? Sort of! Continual source of friction between my wife and I. ● Where is your favourite place to read? On holidays in the sun or in bed anywhere. Looking out onto Bronte beach is probably the favourite. ● Do you have a favourite bookshop? In England, Griffith and Partners, Great Or mond Street, Bloomsbury, London; in Australia, Clays, Macleay Street, Sydney; and Ariel, Oxford Street, Sydney. michael lynch MICHAEL LYNCH AM has had a long and distinguished career in the arts in Australia, beginning as a theatrical agent and casting director. He then became manager of the Sydney Theatre Company in 1989 before joining the Australia Council as general manager in 1994. He left the council in 1998 to become chief executive of the Sydney Opera House, and in 2002 relocated to London to run the South Bank Centre, where he has overseen the massive £111 million facelift of the Royal Festival Hall. And he still ﬁnds time to read books — and answer questionnaires!