Good Reading : May 2007
book trivia Win one of 10 audio copies of Romulus, My Father, written and spoken by Raimond Gaita, valued at $39.95 each This audio book is the moving account of Raimond Gaita’s relationship with his father. Romulus came to Australia just after World War II with his wife and child, and experienced the life of an immigrant. The story has now been adapted into a film, and the audio book will be broad- cast on Radio National starting 18 June. For the chance to win tell us in 25 words or less why you’d like to win an audio copy of Romulus, My Father. Send your entry to ‘Romulus, My Father Competition’, GPO Box 3835, Sydney NSW 2001 (remember to write your details and your answer on the back of the envelope) or enter online at www.goodreadingmagazine.com Win! Inspiring street sign! In her blog for her new series of books about a character called Thomas Trew, author Sophie Masson gives readers some examples of how she gets the names of her characters. Here’s one of them: ‘We were driving along near Cardiff in Wales a few years ago, and there were lots of roadworks. Every so often, you’d come across a sign which said “Adverse Camber” – meaning that the road had a bit of a tilt to it that might make it hard to drive. When I saw that sign, I thought, that sounds like someone’s name, actually. Someone unusual ... someone who enjoys driving but maybe has trouble with his car: and hey, presto, there was Adverse Camber the dwarf and his uncooperative car, Metallicus, springing up in my head!’ The ‘Thomas Trew’ series, fantasy books for younger readers, is published by Hodder Children’s Books. The first title, Thomas Trew and the Hidden People, came out last month and the next will be published in June, each book rrp $15.95. 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 01/05/07 and 31/05/07 and be sent to Good Reading Magazine, GPO Box 3835, Sydney NSW 2001 or entries can be made at http://www. goodreadingmagazine.com 5. The judging will take place on 01/06/07. 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 prize between the publishing date and the date the prize is claimed is not the responsibility of the promoter. 9. The winners will be the best entries considered by the Judges. 10. The Judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 11. The winners will be notified by mail and the winners’ names will be published in the July issue of Good Reading magazine and will also appear on the Good Reading website during June 2007. The thing about a great book is that you don’t read it. It reads you. WH Auden Clunes Book Town Clunes, a picturesque town near Ballarat described as ‘Australia’s first gold town’, will play host to a different set of fossickers on Sunday 20 May. Clunes plans to be Victoria’s first Book Town for a Day, and visitors to the town that day will find dozens of bookstalls in the town’s heritage buildings on Fraser Street piled high with thousands of rare, out-of-print and second-hand books. Hidden among them will be a ‘mystery book’ valued at over $500, free to the lucky finder. There will be book-binding and restoration demonstrations, antique prints, food halls and wine tastings. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Win one of 10 copies of The Night Ferry by Michael Robotham, valued at $32.95 each Alisha Barba’s dreams of being a detective were shattered when a murder suspect broke her back across a brick wall. Now on her feet again, Ali receives a message from an old school friend, Cate, who is eight months pregnant and in trouble. On the night they arrange to meet, Cate is mown down by a car. Paramedics discover there isnobaby—itwasallalie.Why? For the chance to win tell us in 25 words or less why you’d like to win a copy of The Night Ferry. Send your entry to ‘The Night Ferry Competition’, GPO Box 3835, Sydney NSW 2001 (remember to write your details and your answer on the back of the envelope) or enter online at www.goodreadingmagazine.com The History Boys A marvellous new film hits the screens this month, based on Alan Bennett’s play of the same name, The History Boys. It tells the story of a group of sixth-formers in a state high school in northern England in the 1980s who have the chance to go to Oxford University, that bastion (at the time) of upper-class privilege. To compete successfully against boys from the likes of Eton and Harrow and Rugby, they need a bit of sharp- ening and polishing by enthusiastic, knowledgeable teachers. Bennett was inspired to write it by his own experiences as a young man, trying to pass the entrance exams to Oxbridge. Reflects Bennett: ‘If I had had some- body who could enthuse me as obviously as Hector [the eccentric, passionate General Studies teacher in the film] could, then I would have seen the point of it more.’ The History Boys stars Richard Griffiths as Hector (above, with some of the boys), Frances de la Tour, Stephen Campbell Moore and a cast of superb young actors as the boys. Everyone who loves Alan Bennett’s writing will just adore this film; there isn’t a single dud word in the script.