Good Reading : November 2004
trains > planes > buses > ferries Bus from Cambridge to London, UK Ingrid, 76, from Cambidge, UK What are you reading? The 8:55 to Baghdad by Andrew Eames. Why that book? Because my son rec- ommended it to me. What’s it’s about? It follows exactly the journey made by Agatha Christie from London to Baghdad in 1928. Did you buy or borrow it? My son gave it to me for my birthday. Has it lived up to your expectations? Much better than expected. It was well- researched, had a good narrative and good geographical detail. I had expected it to be rather dry and factual. Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I would recommend it, especially to Agatha Christie fans and those who like to get an historical perspective on modern- day political problems in their geographical locations. It was humorous and the anec- dotes were amusing. Train from Lyon to Venissieux, France Cathy, 53, from Lyon, France What are you reading? Other People’s Children by Joanna Trollope. Why that book? Because I’ve been reading a lot of other Trollope books this [European] summer. What’s it about? It’s about different family groups being recomposed. Did you buy or borrow it? I borrowed it from a friend. Has it lived up to your expectations? Yes, because it was deeper and more multi-faceted than expected. Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I would recommend it to others because it shows aspects of modern family life that one might not automatically be aware of. It was original and not at all stereotypical. Bus from Sydney city to Balmain, NSW Janice from Neutral Bay, Sydney What are you reading? It Must’ve Been Something I Ate by Jeffrey Steingarten. Why that book? It was on sale in the bookshop I was just in. What’s it about? It’s a collection of Steingarten’s columns about food. Has it lived up to your expectations? I liked his previous book [ The Man Who Ate Everything] and even though I’ve just started this book, I think it’s going to be just as good. Anything to do with food makes me happy! Would you recommend it to others? If you’re a foodie yes. He’s funny, clever and you learn a lot about food as well. Plane from Los Angeles to Brisbane, Qld Jesse, 13, from Brisbane What are you reading? Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling. Why that book? We started to read the first one in class and I just liked it so kept on reading the books. This is the fourth one. What’s it about? This kid Harry Potter goes to a school of witchcraft and wizardry and he always gets into trouble. There’s not just one main plot. It relates to kid readers because it’s all about friends and enemies. Did you buy or borrow the book? I bought this one. Has it lived up to your expectations? Yes. Would you recommend it to others? Yes, even though I haven’t finished it yet.
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