Good Reading : May 2010
18 goodreading ı MAY 2010 20 lucky readers could each win a copy of Spooner by Pete Dexter, valued at $32.95 each. Warren Spooner is born in rural Georgia, on the first Sunday of December 1956, after a prolonged and unhappy labour in a makeshift delivery room. His troubled birth is swiftly followed by his father’s untimely death – and young Spooner is left to get on with growing up, without even a memory of his father’s face. Spooner s childhood is fraught with calamity. He stands up to tragedy and adversity in his own dark (often extremely dark) ways. Through it all his stepfather – Calmer Ottoson – stands by, determinedly trying to save his stepson, yet utterly powerless to do so. This is an entirely gripping story of one man’s inexhaustible patience tested to the limits as he struggles to rescue a stepson he will never understand. To enter, tell us the year of Warren Spooner’s birth. Write your answer, your name and contact details on the back of an envelope and mail it to ‘Spooner Competition’, GPO Box 3835 Sydney NSW 2001 or enter online at www.goodreadingmagazine.com.au. 20 lucky readers could each win a copy of Roddy Parr by Peter Rose, valued at $32.99 each. Roddy Parr takes us into the golden circle of a literary giant. It is a world of opening nights, importunate fans – and dark secrets. Roddy Parr is an ambitious young man who has just completed his PhD on David Anthem – a writer regularly tipped to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature. Soon Roddy joins the Anthem household as David’s secretary. He becomes indispensable, and finds his new status as insider increasingly addictive. Yet Anthem’s world is steeped in tragedy and its truths are not simple ones. Literary insider Peter Rose has created an irresistible novel of ambition, passion and literature. To enter, tell us the subject of Roddy Parr’s PhD. Write your answer, your name and contact details on the back of an envelope and mail it to ‘Roddy Parr Competition’, GPO Box 3835 Sydney NSW 2001 or enter online at www.goodreadingmagazine.com.au. 50 lucky readers could each win a copy of The Hand that First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell, valued at $32.99 each. When the bohemian, sophisticated Innes Kent turns up by chance on her doorstep, Lexie Sinclair realises she cannot wait any longer for her life to begin, and leaves for London. There, at the heart of the 1950s Soho art scene, she carves out a new life for herself, with Innes at her side. In the present day, Elina and Ted are reeling from the difficult birth of their first child. Elina, a painter, struggles to reconcile the demands of motherhood with her sense of herself as an artist, and Ted is disturbed by memories of his own childhood, memories that don’t tally with his parents’ version of events. As Ted begins to search for answers, an extraordinary portrait of two women is revealed, separated by 50 years, but connected in ways that neither could ever have expected. To enter, name another novel written by Maggie O’Farrell. Write your answer, your name and contact details on the back of an envelope and mail it to ‘The Hand that First Held Mine Competition’, GPO Box 3835 Sydney NSW 2001 or enter online at www.goodreadingmagazine.com.au. You could win one of two 3-day double passes (valued at $420 for each double pass) or one of two opening night double passes (valued at $200 each) to the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival. The Byron Bay Writers’ Festival had its beginnings in 1997, when a small group of locals led by Chris Hanley wondered whether authors might accept an invitation to spend a winter’s weekend in Byron Bay. They did, and an audience of 200 locals enjoyed a gathering of 50 Australian writers. Since then, the Festival has grown from a single venue event to fill four huge marquees and venues around town and sells 45 000 individual tickets. The guest list now numbers more than one hundred and over the years the most significant and respected contemporary Australian writers have participated through lectures, lunches, panels, conversations, launches and readings. To enter, tell us what year the first Byron Bay Writers’ Festival was held. Write your answer, your name and contact details on the back of an envelope and mail it to ‘Byron Bay Competition’, GPO Box 3835 Sydney NSW 2001 or enter online at www.goodreadingmagazine.com.au. Five lucky readers will each win a copy of Every Secret Thing by Marie Munkara, valued at $24.95 and winner of this year’s Territory Read, the Northern Territory’s book of the year. Every Secret Thing is a rough, tough, hilarious portrayal of the Bush Mob and the Mission Mob, and the hapless clergy trying to convert them. In these tales, everyone is fair game. At once playful and sharp, Marie Munkara’s wonderfully original stories cast a taunting new light on the mission era in Australia. To enter, tell us the competition this book recently won. Write your answer, your name and contact details on the back of an envelope and mail it to ‘Every Secret Thing Competition’, GPO Box 3835 Sydney NSW 2001 or enter online at www.goodreadingmagazine.com.au. *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 1/5/2010 and 31/5/2010 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 1/6/2010. 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 July 2010 issue of Good Reading and on the Good Reading website during June 2010. WIN !