Good Reading : November 2010
Dear Rowena As a long-time P D James fan I was delighted to read the interview with her in your September issue. However I was disappointed that her fragment of autobiography Time o Be in Earnest wasn't discussed. I chose this book for our book club n 2005, and it's one of my all-time favourite books. I have been endeavouring to understand why you have been finding it difficult to read. That has never happened to me. I've been known to read cereal packets when 've run out of reading material. I enjoy gr and like most readers have a list of books I'm going to read one day. The last book I read is The Glass Room by Simon Mawer. It is a fascinating novel set in Czechoslovakia before and during World War II. It is a very interesting and entertaining read. Kind regards Colleen Clayden, Karrinyup WA Dear Rowena As an avid reader of gr over the last six years, I always value the exchange of views and ideas about books that your magazine offers its readers. My book club -- which has been meeting for 15 years -- has just read Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin, and it impressed and moved us so much that I felt compelled to tell gr readers about it. Greg Mortenson, a US mountain climber, stumbled into a tiny village high in Pakistan's Karakoram-Himalaya region, ill and totally exhausted after a failed attempt to reach the peak of K2. The villagers of Korphe nursed him back to health, and he left the village having vowed to build them a school, as repayment for their kindness to him. He achieved that goal, but over the next few years he worked unceasingly to open more schools in remote areas of Norther n Pakistan and Afghanistan. It is an amazing story of how one man with an extraordinary humanitarian mission can provide a balanced, non-extremist education for boys and girls with no prior schooling. To date he has raised money for and organised the building of more than 100 schools, and has for med the Central Asia Institute to carry out this work. Our book club was so moved by this man's sacrifices and determination to help these remote people that we banded together to make a contribution to his work. The book is a fascinating account of one man's passionate belief that a balanced education is the best tool to combat extremist ideas and ter rorism, and it gives the reader a remarkable behind-the-headlines view of this explosive region. I do hope that gr readers will read this book and be moved to support this man in his humanitarian work. Lesley Abbott, Auckland NZ find us on facebook follow us on twitter QUEENSLAND THEATRE COMPANY Season 2011 ON SALE NOW! BOOK NOW & SAVEUPTO 50%! * * Based on full price, premium seats at weekend shows for all mainstage plays. W the The Trip of New City FREE BROCHURE 1800 355 528 or visit qldtheatreco.com.au eatre-Lover’s f a Lifetime to w York City! Buy a Season Ticket before 20 December and go into the draw to win a trip for two to New York City, valued at $7,500!
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