Good Reading : March 2011
MARCH 2011 ı goodreading 9 book trivia TOWN BORROWS 16 000 BOOKS The power of social networking has been harnessed by the Friends of Stony Stratford Library in the UK, who have protested at the closure of their much-loved library. Using Facebook and Twitter, the Friends encouraged community members to borrow all 16 000 books in the library’s collection in an attempt to prove their point: there would be a large void if the library were closed down, as the council has proposed. The folk of Stony Stratford have proved that communities have the power to rally together and support a common cause when they really want to. LIBRARIES OF THE RICH & FAMOUS Some very unexpected celebrities are the owners of incredible libraries. When The Observer published images of Karl Lagerfeld’s capacious and beautifully maintained home library, the Flavorwire website was curious to discover other celeb collections and rounded up some brilliant images from the film fraternity. http://flavorwire.com/141846/celebs-theyre-geeks-like-us-libraries-of-the-rich-and-famous AN EQUAL SEQUEL? For some readers, the illusion of fictional characters can be quite powerful, and for them a story isn't omplete without reaching a conclusion for all the haracters. A Swedish novelist has recently written a equel to J D Salinger's classic The Catcher in the Rye, which wraps up the story of Holden Caulfield. Titled 0 Years Later, the unauthorised book has been banned n the US and is undergoing divided opinion as to its merit. But this isn't anything new. Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice has been followed up with loads of sequels, some of which have gone on to attain cult status. Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca has undergone similar reatment, along with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes' series. A sequel need not be entirely derived from or inferior to its inspiration. Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea (actually a prequel rather than a sequel) tells the story of Rochester's mad wife and helped to revitalise Jane Eyre for many readers. Over the past few years the Har ry Potter books have inspired a host of fan fiction that's been devoured across the world. Some of the writers of the original works take fan fiction as a compliment to their masterpieces, and fans looking for definite conclusions welcome well-written successors to their favourite books. THE CROSSING SNEAK PREVIEW OFFER! BMichael Radburn lives with his family in the beautiful Southern Highlands of NSW. Although he works for a large printing group, Radburn enjoys spending time farming his small property and going on road trips on his Harley Davidson. Aside from writing, of course, he has a deep passion for music and treasures the time spent with his guitar, banjo or harmonica. Radburn has been writing successfully for many years and has had more than 80 short stories, articles and reviews published in Australia and abroad. Throughout the late 80s he was Publishing Editor of Australian Horror & Fantasy Magazine and founder of Dark Press Publications. Radburn has won several Melbourne University Literary Awards and more recently was short-listed for the Henry Lawson Festival Awards. Traumatised by the disappearance of his daughter, Claire, Taylor Bridges watches as his marriage breaks down. He exiles himself to Glory's Crossing, a small country town in Tasmania. Taylor is the only ranger in an isolated town adjoining a national park. The town is dying a slow death as the rising waters of the new dam project slowly flood it. Struggling with the guilt of Claire's disappearance, Taylor is a chronic sleepwalker. When another young girl of the same age goes missing, Taylor begins to question himself -- uncertain of what happens when he sleepwalks. It's a race against time, not just to find the missing girl, but for Taylor's search for redemption from a past better left lying at the bottom of the new lake. Pantera Press will send an advance bound proof copy of this new title to 10 lucky readers who are willing to fill in a questionnaire about the novel once they've finished it! The winners will also submit reviews of the book to gr which will be available on the gr website throughout May 2011. If you would to like to enter to receive a copy, simply write your name and address on the back of an envelope and mail it to 'The Crossing Offer' GPO Box 3835 Sydney NSW 2001, or enter at www.goodreadingmagazine. com.au. But be quick -- the offer closes on 31 March 2011. 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 1/03/11 and 31/03/11 and be sentto Good ReadingMagazine, GPOBox3835, Sydney NSW 2001or entriescan bemadeat www.goodreadingmagazine.com 5. The draws will take place on 1/04/2011. 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 prizes between the publishing date and the date the prizes are claimed is not the responsibility of the promoter. 9. Winning entries will be those that are judged to have the correct or best answers. 10. The winners' names will be on the Good Reading website during April 2011.