Good Reading : October 2007
10 goodreading ı OCTOBER 2007 Other people’s thoughts Simon Leys, the pseudonym used by the acclaimed author of The Wreck of the Batavia and The Death Napoleon s real name Pierre yckmans), has me up with neat little ollection of uotations alled Other People’s Thoughts. Described as idiosyncrati- cally compiled by Simon eys o t e a u s e e t of idle readers’, it’s organised into subjects, from adventure to youth, with quotes from all over the world, given in original languages and translation. Here are two from GC Lichtenberg, one on books and one on reading (let’s get our priorities right here): ‘A book is a mirror; if an ape looks into it, an apostle is hardly likely to look out’; ‘I forget most of what I have read, just as I do most of what I have eaten, but I know that both contribute no less to the conservation of my mind and my body on that account.’ Other People’s Thoughts is published this month by Black Inc., rrp $19.95. book trivia Over the top again In the 1980s two of the most popu- lar works of local non-fiction were the memoirs of Hugh Lunn: Over the Top with Jim, about his child- hood in working- class Brisbane in the 1950s, and Vietnam: A Reporter’s War , about the time Lunn spent as a Reuters war cor- respondent in the 1960s. Now both books have been reissued by ABC Books. Over the Top with Jim retails for $22.95, Vietnam: A Reporter’s War retails for $24.95. Breast is best We’re always pleased to see a new book by a gr contributor hit the bookshops, and the latest is Breastfeeders Anonymous by Rachael Blair, published by Fontaine Press of WA with an rrp of $28.95. Informative and easy to read, with lots of case stories and plenty of frequently asked questions answered by ‘lactation consultant’ Joy Anderson, it’s neatly described by its publisher as ‘a support group in a book’. Knowing how often new mothers need support and advice, this can only be welcomed. It busts 28 breastfeeding myths, too, including the old chestnut that it’s impossible to tell whether a breastfed baby is getting enough milk. Books to film Many readers will remember the incredible series of children’s fantas novels by Susan Cooper, ‘The Dark is Rising’, first published in the 1960s and ’70s.This month the film of the first book in the series, also called The Dark is Rising, is showing in cinemas in Australia, entitled The Seeker:The Dark is Rising.The hero,Will Stanton, is played by Alexander Ludwig. Puffin has brought out a tie-in edition of the book, rrp $16.95, to coincide with the film’s release. Also on release now is December Boys , the film adaptation of Michael Noonan’s classic coming-of-age tale of four orphaned boys growing up in an outback orphanage in the 1960s, The December Boys.The film stars none other than Daniel Radcliffe, aka Harry Potter.The book, first published by the University of Queensland Press in 1963, was reissued in 2006 and again this year in a film tie-in edition, rrp $18.95. Memorial for Muriel Edinburgh, UNESCO’s ﬁrst-ever City of Literature, is organising a memorial to one of the city’s best-known literary daughters, Dame Muriel Spark. Spark, who died aged 88 in April 2006 at her home in Civitella della Chiana, Tuscany, is best remembered for her 1962 novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, which was made into an Oscar-winning ﬁlm starring Maggie Smith, although she wrote a total of 22 novels. In 2004, the Scottish Arts Council created the Muriel Spark International Literary Fellowship in honour of her literary success.