Good Reading : April 2005
www.allenandunwin.com www.allenandunwin.com/readinggroups.asp Subscribe now to receive a FREE book! VANISHING ACTS Jodi Picoult Delia Hopkins has led a charmed life. Raised in rural New Hampshire by her widowed father she now has a young daughter and a handsome fiancé, but as she plans her wedding, she is plagued by flashbacks of a life she can't recall. In shock and confusion, Delia must search for the truth among these newly discovered memories – even when they threaten to devastate her life and the lives of those she loves most. Allen & Unwin $29.95 FAREWELL MY OVARIES Wendy Harmer The conga line is like chaos theory in action, Claire thought to herself as she picked a dead frond from her cleavage. The person up the front seductively wiggles a hip and down the end, sixty drunken idiots later, someone is whiplashed at terminal velocity into a miniature golden palm. On this occasion, that someone was Claire. From one of Australia's best-loved humorists comes this warm, funny and sexy novel about life, eternity, hormones and hair removal. Allen & Unwin $29.95 THE ORIGINAL MILLION DOLLAR MERMAID The Annette Kellerman story Emily Gibson with Barbara Firth Born in suburban Sydney, Annette Kellerman went on to become an international swimming sensation and one of the most adored Hollywood stars of the day. Immortalised in the film classic The Million Dollar Mermaid, Annette Kellerman strode onto the international stage, challenged preconceptions of how women should look, act and think, and captured the hearts of a generation. Here for the first time is her extraordinary story. Allen & Unwin $29.95 ROCK ME GENTLY A true story of a convent childhood Judith Kelly In the 1950s eight-year-old Judith Kelly was left in the care of nuns at a Catholic orphanage. Far from being cared for, Judith found herself in a terrifying institution where physical, emotional and sexual abuse was the daily norm. In this moving and deeply shocking memoir, Judith reveals the horrific details of her childhood and begins an emotional journey back to Nazareth House orphanage to confront her memories and achieve some measure of peace. Bloomsbury $29.95 breakfast and heads upstairs to the office, where she works alongside Gordon, who is cur rently writing a children’s book about a naughty tooth fairy. When Maeve isn’t writing, she makes sure to catch up with family and friends. Her two sisters and brother live nearby. They are a close-knit family and talk to each other on the phone each day.There have been times when Maeve’s ill- health has got in the way of her beloved writing, but she has always battled through it and come out smiling. But the year 2000 brought the seriousness of Maeve’s condition to a head. Tough decisions had to be taken, and it was heart-wrenching for Maeve to have to announce her retirement from writing. Scarlet Feather would be her last book, she was quoted as say- ing.The news sent shock aves through the ranks of er dedicated readership. ut since then she’s written uentins and now Nights of ain and Stars. What changed er mind? ‘When I turned 60 in the ar 2000 I was very tired, I as worn out from doing a t of touring and publicity. I uffer from sleep apnoea, so I op breathing at night.You ave to wear a mask over your face at night, which is horrible. I wake up sudden- y and panic. It is disgusting. So I decided not to write any more books. I told the publishers I couldn’t do any more touring because of my health problems. It’s not fair on the publishers who invest so much money in your books to let them down. I’ve always enjoyed touring and meeting people. It’s a pleasure after months of writing by your- self to suddenly meet the people who read your books. But it’s so exhausting. So I wrote Quentins for myself more or less, and I said to the publishers, “Look, I have a book but I can’t do any publicity for it.”They begged, “Oh, please give us the book.” It was an interesting discovery, it’s like a child knowing what it can get away with. Once I knew I didn’t have to tour, the books just kept coming!’ And no doubt there will be many more to look forward to. I have a hunch that Gordon’s goose, whether he wins the game of golf or not, will at some point make an appearance in one of her stories. After all, it’s the ordinary things Maeve writes about that have won her the adoration of fans worldwide.