Good Reading : November 2007
10 goodreading ı NOVEMBER 2007 A cover from the heart Carrie Tiffany gained international praise, and a literary prize or two, for her novel Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living, published in 2005. Now a new edition is coming out with a striking w cover, featuring a ece of artwork called oil Box made by the uthor. ‘I made the ox at around the ame time as I inished the novel,’ ays Carrie. ‘Countless hours of sifting soil and cutting wheat stems with my nail scissors probably demonstrates that ready to let the novel go.The soil comes from Australian farms I have visited for my work as a rural journalist. Soil Box also contains some found objects that have meaning to the text. I copied the Japanese lettering from a dictionary and printed it on the flyleaf pages of a book from the 1930s. The parrot feathers and gum leaves were collected on a research trip.The slip of erotic postcard is from a collection held by a museum in the north of England. ButitisthesoilI remember the most.’ The new edition of Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living is published by Picador, rrp $22.00. book trivia Book to film with a difference Paolo Coelho’s latest book, The Witch of Portobello, has inspired him to initi- ate a competition based on its characters. On his website (http://paulocoelhoblog. com/experimental-witch) he’s asking filmmakers and composers from all over the world to make a video or create a soundtrack for an eventual film of the book. Each creation – story or musical theme – must be based on one of the 15 narrators of the book, and prizes are offered for those chosen. Entries close on 19 March 2008, so get those cameras whirring and songs written.The result, Coelho hopes, will be ‘a bit of cinemato- graphic history: a film directed by its narrators!’ SNEAK PREVIEW OFFER! Australian author Geraldine Brooks has been a favourite with the reading public since her first book, Nine Parts of Desire, was published in 2001. Since then she has written another non-fiction title, Foreign Correspondence , and two acclaimed novels: Year of Wonders in 2002 and March in 2006 (for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize). Her new novel, People of the Book, is due to be published by HarperCollins in February 2008. It is described as ‘a gripping and moving novel about war, art, love and survival’ and tells the story of a Sydney book restorer who travels to Bosnia to restore a precious medieval manuscript. HarperCollins will send a bound proof of this exciting new title to 50gr readers willing to fill in a questionnaire about the novel once they’ve finished it! Readers who would like a copy should simply write their name and address on the back of an envelope and mail it to ‘Geraldine Brooks offer’, GPO box 3835, Sydney NSW 2001, or enter online at www.goodreadingmagazine.com — but be quick, because the offer closes on 30 November and only the first 50 entries drawn will be sent a proof copy. Sex in the sea Sheree Marris, an enterprising young conservationist and water preservationist (she was named Young Australian of the Year — Environment in 2002) has come up with a novel, informative and at times alarming but always amusing photographic gift book called KamaSEAtra: Secrets of Sex in the Sea . The things those critters get up to! One of the less lurid and more endearing denizens of the deep is the seahorse, the male of which — the only example in the animal kingdom — grows the eggs in his stomach and gives birth to about 200 ‘sea ponies’ after a six-month gestation. Amazing! KamaSEAtra is published by Macmillan this month with an rrp of $24.95. Check out the website www.visionsofblue.com to find out more about Sheree Marris. Life and death Celebrating life through writing about death may sound a perverse notion, but Jane Tewson, director of charity Pilotlight, and scriptwriter Andrew Knight (‘SeaChange’) disagree.They think our reluctance to discuss death inhibits support for the dying and the grieving. So they’ve put together a little book called Dying to Know … bringing death to life, which collects the thoughts, ideas and advice of palliative care workers, people with terminal illnesses, funeral industry professionals and many others about the nature of living and the reality of dying in an engaging rather than depressing way. After all, the Grim Reaper is coming for us all one day. Published by Pilotlight at $19.95, Dying to Know will be available in mid-November.
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