Good Reading : March 2008
MARCH 2008 ı goodreading 11 Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it. PJ O’Rourke book trivia Notadryeyeinthe house? Hardly likely, with an estimated one in four people suffering from ‘dry eye’, an irritating condition that causes a stinging sensation in the eyes, itchiness or a feeling that there’s ‘something in my eye’. It’s particularly annoying for avid readers, because there’s nothing worse than feeling visually uncomfortable when you’re engrossed in a book. So if you suffer from this condi- tion at all, check out the useful informa- tion on page 54 of this month’s maga- zine. Help is at hand! Online treasures The most expensive book bought by an Australian customer from online bookseller AbeBooks last year was the 217-year-old Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales by John White, for which the customer shelled out $10,332. White, who was a naval surgeon and a dedicated amateur natu- ralist, wrote the journal during his journey from London to Sydney in 1790 and during two journeys of exploration around New South Wales with Governor Arthur Phillip. His book is considered to be one of the most beautiful and significant of all 18th-century Australian books, and is the first to describe some native Australian fauna. This copy was a first edition. Trailing White in second place was Ernest Hemingway, a copy of whose The Old Man and the Sea sold for $5,740. This first edition copy from 1952 was inscribed ‘Yours Very Truly / All the Best’ and signed by the author. This month 3 lucky readers have the chance to win a 6-month membership to Slim Ink Book Rental valued at $120 each. Slim Ink Book Rental is the perfect way to indulge your passion for reading — whether you’re a casual, keen or avid reader! They will deliver the latest paperback releases and bestsellers to your home for a low monthly membership fee that includes reply paid postage. Each book is lovingly covered for preservation and easy care. There’s no joining fee, and you can stop receiving books at any time! All that’s needed is a credit card and internet access. To enter, tell us in 25 words or less why you would like to win a subscription to Slim Ink Book Rental. Simply write your answer, and your name and contact details, on the back of an envelope and mail to ‘Slim Ink Competition’, GPO Box 3835, Sydney NSW 2001 or enter online at www.goodreadingmagazine.com TERMS AND CONDITIONS 1. Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these conditions. 2. The promoter is Good Reading Magazine Pty Ltd. 3. Entry is open to all residents of Australia. 4. Entries must be made between 01/03/08 and 31/03/08 and be sent to Good Reading Magazine, GPO Box 3835, Sydney NSW 2001 or entries can be made at www.goodreadingmagazine.com 5. The draws will take place on 04/04/08. 6. Prizes cannot be transferred or redeemed for cash. 7. The promoter accepts no responsibility for late, lost or misdirected mail. 8. Any change in the value of the prizes between the publishing date and the date the prizes are claimed is not the responsibility of the promoter. 9. Entries for the DVD Competition will be drawn randomly from all entries received for that competition during the promotional period and winning entries will be the first 5 that are judged to have correct answers. Winners of the Slim Ink Competition will be the 3 entries that are judged to be the best from all entries received for that competition during the promotional period. 10. The first 5 correct entries drawn for the DVD Competition will each win a 3-DVD pack. The 3 best entries for the Slim Ink Competition will each win a 6-month membership to Slim Ink Book Rental. 11. The winners will be notified by mail and their names will be published in the May 2008 issue of Good Reading and on the Good Reading website during April 2008. This month Roadshow Entertainment offers 5 lucky readers the chance to win a DVD pack containing Palin’s New Europe, Portrait of a Marriage and The Line of Beauty, each pack valued at $129.85. Join Michael Palin as he travels by road, rail, river and donkey through some of Eastern Europe’s most interesting locations. Scandalous, passionate and intensely moving, Portrait of a Marriage is the true story of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson, and the affair that nearly ended their marriage. The Line of Beauty is adapted from Alan Hollinghurst’s Booker Prize-winning novel. It’s a story of love, class, sex and money set in Thatcher’s Britain and seen through the eyes of a young gay man. To enter, tell us the name of the author of The Line of Beauty. Simply write your answer, and your name and contact details, on the back of an envelope and mail to ‘DVD Competition’, GPO Box 3835, Sydney NSW 2001 or enter online at www.goodreadingmagazine.com WIN! UK’s Year of Reading Last December Amanda Ross (the brains behind the Richard and Judy Book Club) presented a letter to UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, signed by 546 authors, decrying the decrease in literacy among Britain’s children. So it’s fitting that 2008 is the UK’s National Year of Reading, a joint effort by many organisations, both independent and government-sponsored, to promote books, reading and literature.World Book Day, now in its second decade, is celebrated there on 6 March, and every schoolchild in the UK and Ireland is given a book token. Now that’s a good idea! Sleepers celebrates fourth anniversary The annual compila- tion from Sleepers Publishing, The Sleepers Almanac, rrp $24.95, is now four years old and his time sports a linen- look cover as befits a fourth anniversary. gr has had a quick read and can con- firm the high quality of the short stories packed between its elegant covers. Read one in next month’s issue of gr!