Good Reading : October 2004
trains > planes > buses > ferries Plane from Perth, WA to Wellington, NZ Claudia from Perth What are you reading? The Drowning Dream by Peter Burke. Why that book? It was recommended to me by my girlfriend. What’s it about? Pearl diving in Broome around the time of WWI. Did you buy or borrow the book? I borrowed it. Has it lived up to your expectations? I wasn’t expecting anything and it’s been fabulous. Would you recommend it to others? I would, definitely. Especially to anyone who’s been to Broome, because it has a lot of local interest. Bus from Balmain to Glebe, NSW Tracy from Glebe What are you reading? The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. Why that book? A friend recommended it to me. What’s it about? A Botswanan woman who sets up a detective agency. Did you buy or borrow it? I bought it. Has it lived up to your expectations? I’m loving it. I spent my childhood in Kenya and I’m finding lots of little things throughout the book that remind me of that time – things I had forgotten about. And Mma Ramotswe is such a wonderful character. I’m so pleased there are more books in the series as I’m not ready to say goodbye to Botswana and Mma Ramotswe! Would you recommend it to others? Absolutely. It’s a rare treat, a real gem! Plane from Singapore to Auckland, NZ Andrea from Singapore What are you reading? Samira and Samir by Siba Shakib. Why that book? It’s a real life story and it’s just been published. What’s it about? I’ve only just started it – the plight of Afghan women. Did you buy or borrow it? I bought it. Has it lived up to your expectations? I’m sure it will. Would you recommend it to others? I would recommend anything that gives insight into the needs of others in difficult situations and it’s a way of making a connection. Plane from Auckland, NZ to Fiji Samantha, 19, from Reading, UK What are you reading? Letters from an Age of Reason by Nora Hague. Why that book? I like reading books set during the American Civil War and that’s where this one is set. What’s it about? The abolition of slavery – a black man escapes and he goes to England. The book follows his life in England and how he adapts. There is an underlying love story. Did you buy or borrow the book? I bought it. Has it lived up to your expectations? Beyond my expectations. Would you recommend it to others? Definitely. goodreading 5 Plane from Cairns, Qld to Sydney, NSW Lyn from Cairns What are you reading? Monsoon by Wilbur Smith. Why that book? I liked the last Wilbur Smith book, The Seventh Scroll. It was absolutely wonderful. What is it about? It is about the Courtenay family in 18th-century England, Africa and Arabia. Did you buy or borrow the book? Bought it in a second hand shop. Has it lived up to your expectations? Yes – it’s lived up to and surpassed expectations. Would you recom- mend it to others? Yes – if you like tales of the sea, adventure and family history you will enjoy this.