Good Reading : March 2005
trains > planes > buses > ferries Citycat from St Lucia to South Bank Parklands, Brisbane, Qld Clive, 65, from St Lucia, Qld What are you reading? The Suspect by Michael Robotham. Why that book? I went to a session at the Brisbane Writers Festival where the author was on the panel and other panel members praised this first novel. What’s it about? It’s a psychological thriller where a young nurse has been found dead with multiple stab wounds – all self-inflicted. Did you buy or borrow it? I won a book token in a competition run by our local Sunday paper and used it to buy the book. Has it lived up to your expectations? So far, yes. Would you recommend it to others? For lovers of crime novels, yes. Bus from Lane Cove to Sydney city, NSW Julia, 44, from Lane Cove What are you reading? The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. Why that book? My daughter gave it to me. She told me I had to read it. What’s it about? It’s a murder mystery that involves the art world, the Vatican, an ancient secret soci - ety and the Holy Grail. I can see why some people think he’s uncovered some great hidden truths, but that part of it is all a bit of a mish mash; it’s just a good, suspense - ful read. Has it lived up to your expectations? My expectations weren’t very high. He’s not the greatest writer in the world, but he knows how to get you in. I’m hooked and have to see how it all works out. Would you recommend it to others? Everyone I know seems to have read it already, but if anyone was looking for a compelling read on a long plane trip, then this would be perfect. Plane from Canberra, ACT to Melbourne, Vic. Sandra, 37, from Canberra What are you reading? Little Children by Tom Perrotta. Did you buy or borrow it? I borrowed it from the library because the cover and title appealed to me and because it was a new copy – I’m the first to have taken it out. Having small children of my own, the title drew me in. What’s it about? It’s about the interac - tions of a group of people with children in a neighbourhood into which a child molester moves. Has it lived up to your expectations? It has lived up to expectations. I nearly finished it in one day – but that is also because I started reading at 3am after my baby woke me! Would you recommend it to others? I would recommend it to other parents. It’s not stereotypical – in fact it’s quite original, and different from what you might expect. Principal Sponsor Choose any 2 or 3 concerts for the very special price of: 2 CONCERT PACK FOR $99 or 3 CONCERT PACK FOR $135* For a free brochure and CD, or to book call 1800 688 482 and quote: Good Reading Special Offer. †Offer excludes tickets to Emma Kirkby and Tokyo String Quartet concerts. *Newcastle 3 Pack $109 / 2 Pack $79 MUSICA VIVA 2005 SUBSCRIPTION SEASON! SPECIAL 60TH ANNIVERSARY OFFER!† For more information about Musica Viva Concerts 2005 visit: www.musicaviva.com.au Plane from Canberra, ACT to Sydney, NSW Simon, 25, from Melbourne, Vic. What are you reading? The History of the Middle East by Peter Mansfield. Why that book? The answer should really be because of the significance of Arafat’s death and the occurrences in Iraq but actu - ally it was because my flatmate had left it on the coffee table and he was asleep when I left so I pinched it for the weekend! What’s it about? Obviously the title is self-explanatory, but it tries to explain present-day poli - tics through historical facts and pivotal characters. It’s not too dry and factual but doesn’t try to be too chatty and informal either. Has it lived up to your expectations? I’ve only read up to page 22 but it looks promising. Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to understand the deeper significance of what we see on our TV screens every day.