Good Reading : July 2007
JULY 2007 ı goodreading 13 book trivia Life on man Does anyone remember the extraordinary BBC series that was televised years ago, ‘Life on Man’? It was all about the microscopic critters who live on the ends of our eyelashes, and sundry other weird and wonderful beasts in and on us.Well, here’s a take on that subject especially for children: There’s a Worm on My Eyeball! – The alien zoo of germs, worms and lurgies that could be living inside you by Dr Adam Taor has recently been published by Random House Australia, rrp $14.95. It’s about the carriers of disease and other nasties such as head lice, and it’s full of ‘did you knows’ such as: ‘How do companies make jeans with that (supposedly) cool, faded, worn-out look? They dip them in a vat containing fungi that eat away and digest the jeans’ fibres. Jeans munched on by fungi are called ‘stone-washed’.’ Guaranteed to fascinate and repel kids of all ages – just don’t read it while you’re eating! Winning text(s) Melbourne-based publishing house Text Publishing has a lot to congratu- late itself on recently. Not only did it have two of its books shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize last year (The Secret River by Kate Grenville and Carry Me Down by MJ Hyland), but The Secret River also won Kate Grenville the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book. Now it’s done it again: Text’s Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones (reviewed in the November 2006 issue of gr and given four stars) has won the 2007 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book, beating acclaimed novels from Africa, Europe, South Asia, Canada and the Caribbean. Gardening in a dry (and increasingly drier) climate If you’re in Melbourne on the weekend of 8 and 9 September this year and are interested in learning about modifying your gardening techniques to meet new climate demands, head for the Camberwell Centre and the seventh Australian Landscape Conference to hear major landscape gardeners from Australia, France, Spain, England and the USA talk about garden design in an increasingly dry climate. The director of the conference is Warwick Forge, whose Melbourne company Bloomings Books publishes exclusively in the gardening, ﬂora and horticulture area. If you can’t make the conference, there’s also a pre-conference garden tour of some of the Mornington Peninsula’s most stunning private and public garden on Friday 7 September. Visit www.australian landscapeconfer ence.com.au for more details and a full conference program. Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them! How I need them! I’ll have a long beard by the time I read them. Arnold Lobel nne before Green Gables the time-honoured tradition of prequels, sequels nd sons and daughters of, Penguin Books in anada will publish the first official prequel to much-loved children’s classic Anne of Green Gables n 2008, 100 years after the publication of the riginal by LM Montgomery. It will be written by Budge Wilson, has been sanctioned by the writer’s estate, and will document Anne’s life in foster homes before her move to the orphanage from which she was adopted. Self (publishing) help Aspiring writers who can’t seem to crack the conventional way to publish have new help at hand in the persons of Lisa Messenger and Dale Beaumont, two enterprising authors and marketers who’ve come up with a business model for self- publishing which uses strategic alliances to underwrite printing costs. If you’ve got a book in you demanding to come out, check out their website: www.messengermarketing.com.au or contact Messenger Publishing on (02) 9699 7216.