Good Reading : October 2005
goodreading 23 Tube from Ealing to Central London Trevor, 60, from Ealing What are you reading? Place of Reeds by Caitlin Davies Why that book? Well, I know her parents, actually. So I’ve known Caitlin since she was a baby. What’s it about? It’s the story of the twelve years she spent living in Botswana, married to a Botswanan man, having her daughter then getting raped and eventually leaving the country and returning to England. Would you recommend it to others? It’s a good read, but then I’m biased because she’s a friend. trains > planes > buses > ferries Light rail from Lilyfield to Star City, Sydney Chris, 53, from Lilyfield What book are you reading? Come in Spinner by Dymphna Cusack and Florence James. Why that book? I was at the Margaret Preston exhibi- tion at the art gallery [of New South Wales] and I was feeling very proud of being Australian, then I saw these new editions of Australian classics in the gallery shop. I’d seen the televi- sion series of Come in Spinner and loved it, but I hadn’t read the book. So I thought it was about time I bought it. What’s it about? Three women who work in a beauty parlour in Sydney towards the end of World War II, and their rela- tionships with various men. It’s a really good story about the lives of Australian women in that period – and the story behind its publication is interesting, too. Would you recommend it to others? Oh, definitely. Plane from Sydney to Stockholm Gabi, 42, from Sydney What are you reading? Fat, Forty and Fired by Nigel Marsh. Why that book? I couldn’t resist the title. I have recently been made redundant, I’m in my forties and just a tad overweight so it leapt out at me! What’s it about? It’s about a guy who has to take stock of his life after losing his job … Has it lived up to your expectations? I’ve only really just started it but am enjoying it so far. I thought it a great book to start my holiday to get some perspective. Would you recommend to others? efinitely. Especially r guys! Bus from Highgate to Trafalgar Square, London mma, from ghgate hat book are ou reading? orno by Irvine Welsh. Why that ook? loved Trainspotting – the book and the film – and I didn’t know until recently that this kind-of sequel had come out. What’s it about? Oh, it’s all about making a pornographic film–Ihavetokeepitinmybagandread itonthewaytoworksothatmymum doesn’t see it! It’s very, very rude and very, very funny. All the guys from Trainspotting meet up again. Would you recommend it to others? Only if they’re broadminded!