Good Reading : May 2007
foreword Our annual crime special issue (last year’s was in June) features articles on no fewer than three crime writers – although fans of Graham Greene’s more literary novels may take exception to his being so-named. But with works such as A Gun for Sale and The Third Man as part of Greene’s oeuvre, we think Roger Stitson is right on the money in his article, beginning on page 18, about Greene’s ‘entertainments’ – the author’s own rather disparaging name for his top-notch spy and crime thrillers. On page 21 you’ll find an interview with the drop-dead gorgeous Leigh Redhead about her series of crime novels featuring Simone Kirsch, the stripper tur ned private eye who can kill with her bare hands (presumably, while the rest of her is clothed ...) And on page 14 there’s my conversation with Michael Robotham, whose intriguing career path has so far meandered from journalist to ghost writer to crime writer. Crime of a very different sort – terrorism and torture – features in the new novel by Janette Tur ner Hospital, our cover story this month. Caroline Lurie last interviewed Janette for gr in May 2003, so she was delighted to talk once again to this award-winning, American-based Australian author. Find out what they had to say on page 10. Jennifer Somerville was stunned by the range of book- shops she discovered in Torino (once better known as Turin), so she gives us a mini-tour of the Italian city and its shops and stalls for book lovers on page 9. Over the border in Switzerland, a glorious winter wonderland is revealed in Winter in the Alps, our coffee table book for this month featured on pages 46-7. As a bonus, we’ve run a soup recipe from the book to war m everyone up as winter approaches. Our book bite this month is a story from an outstanding collection by a young Australian, Paddy O’Reilly. Only the constraints of length prevented me from having to agonise over which story to choose from The End of the World – and even then, there were two or three that could easily have been chosen instead of ‘Ar madillo’. It begins on page 50, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. The second instalment from Jane Gleeson-White’s Classics: Books for Life appears on page 22, this time putting the French classic The Red and the Black and its author Stendhal in context. Another second this month is the extract from Nick Hor nby’s Believer column, ‘Stuff I’ve Been Reading’, on page 53 – as ever, thought-provoking, amusing and entertaining. I appreciate getting to know what you think of the magazine, so do please keep your letters coming.