Good Reading : October 2004
readers’ letters 6 goodreading Dear Editor I have purchased gr since its inception and I look forward to it arriving in my mailbox every month. I was worried (probably like a lot of readers) when I first heard that Caroline Baum was leaving as I so enjoyed the direction the magazine was heading, but I am pleased to say that the magazine has gone from strength to strength. I work in a remote location of WA and when not on shift look after the library and the purchases of new books for the library. gr is a wonderful guide to all the latest books on the market and helps me in the purchases of all new material for the library. Needless to say the magazine finds its way to the magazine rack in the library room every month to be enjoyed by others. Thanks again for a great read, as I wait in anticipation for the next issue. Yours sincerely Hugh T Kelly via email Dear Editor I felt a frisson of recognition when I came to the ‘Mary’ sayings in your fascinating article on the original Mary Poppins. My 103-year-old grandmother has always had a fund of wonderful sayings and ditties from her childhood on Sydney’s North Shore and nursing days at Sydney Hos- pital. One of her favourites is: ‘Never trouble trouble Until trouble troubles you. You’ll only double trouble And trouble others, too’ PL Travers, a near contem- porary of my grandmother’s, was obviously brought up on the same fare! My grand- mother is still happy, mostly healthy and despite a failing memory of recent happenings, recollects verse from her youth with amazing clarity. I shall be looking out for the original Mary Poppins. It will delight an old lady who loves a good story! Kate King Gilgandra NSW via email Dear Editor As I imagine lots of your readers do, I enjoy searching old bookshops and I do confess to a peculiar fascin- ation for early edition books, especially signed copies. I have recently stumbled upon a particularly good example. I bought a copy of Ice Station by Matthew Reilly. The book is signed for ‘John’ with a note saying the author hoped that John would enjoy the book and that he was concerned that Natalie had got John’s hopes up too high. The book is dedicated to Natalie. I wonder if it’s the same Natalie? I also wonder how much John enjoyed the book considering I found the book in a second hand shop less than five years after it was published! Yours in books Russell Cooper Rockhampton Qld write on Each month, Good Reading will give a prize of a Parker Inflection Blue Ball Pen for the best letter we receive. The cool, brilliant colour of the Inflection Blue Ball Pen is achieved through the application of multiple layers of translucent lacquer enhanced with a subtle satin varnish onto a stainless steel base. Complemented with 14K gold plated trim and 23K gold plated nib, it is valued at $105.00. So get inspired and write to us at: email@example.com or 9 Stephen Street, Balmain NSW 2041 or fax us on 02 9810 2488. (Letters may be edited for clarity or length.) Dear Editor I have been reading your magazine from when it was first published and it has become an invaluable tool in promoting fiction to staff at my school. I have always found out about wonderful books but a small review of a book in your June issue has tur ned out to provide a lifeline. Lessons From My Child: Parents’ experiences of life with a disabled child by Cindy Dowling, Neil Nicoll and Ber nadette Thomas has given me so much. My daughter has recently been diagnosed with autism and nowhere have I been able to find the grief process associated with this expressed so clearly. I laughed, cried but most importantly didn’t feel so alone. I can’t thank you enough for bringing this book to my attention. War mest regards Sharon Hayes Resource Centre Manager Marian College,West Sunshine Vic via email contributors WINNING LETTER Regular Contributors Alison Aprhys Ken Buckley Gordon Bain Gareth Beal Ali Cocksedge Birgit Collins Christine Cremen Kerry Foster Silvana Giles Alan Gold Sharon Greenaway Maggie Hamilton Grant Hansen Jennifer Hatherly Lachlan Jobbins Jody Lee Germaine Leece Frances Love Caroline Lurie Merle Morcom Alison Pressley Judith Ridge Jasmine Salem Claire Scobie Brooke Walker Wendy Waring Fiona Wilson Stephanie Winfield Special Contributors This Month Kate Forsyth is the author of the six book fantasy series ‘The Witches of Eileanan’. She is currently working on a new trilogy: ‘Rhiannon’s Ride’. The first book in this trilogy, The Tower of Ravens, was published in June this year. Mabel Lee is Honorary Associate Professor in Chinese Studies at the University of Sydney, where she taught until January 2000. She is the translator of Soul Mountain whose author Gao Xingjian won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2000. Fiona McIntosh is the author of five fantasy novels. Her latest novel Blood and Memory was published in May this year. Miles Roston is a film- maker who has made two films in Africa: 14 Million Dreams and Last Chance for Peace: Sierra Leone.