Good Reading : August 2004
readers’ letters 6 goodreading Dear Editor I first encountered your magazine in the lounge at the Qantas Club and was immediately inspired to subscribe. I really feel like the magazine is written especially for me! The book reviews and special features (like Magic Realism [gr June 2004]) are particularly relevant for book lovers like me. I am now inspired to re-read my collection of Márquez and Rushdie. My house is full of books, categorised by subject matter, then alphabetical by author, of course ... My books are like my friends – they actually change my emotional state by just looking at them and remembering. I am a book- mark user (only converted in the past few years) and never loan books to my friends any more – I’ll buy them a copy if I particularly want to share. My only question is – how about a quiz or a crossword? Best regards Sally Sharman Caulfield South Vic via email Dear Editor I have just recently discovered your magazine and am totally addicted to it. I now have a list a mile long of the books which I would like to read, but probably will never get the time.The articles, reviews, interviews … I am thoroughly enjoying all of them. While I hate people who pile on the praise and then ‘drop the other shoe’, I hope the following comment is not seen in that light. In one of Ali Cocksedge’ s reviews (A Beautiful Bowl of Soup, [gr June 2004]) she mentions Greek Spinach & Orzo Soup and the fact that she couldn’t find orzo (grain-shaped pasta). Orzo is also known as Risoni in Australia. I recently bought a packet at the supermarket; if it can’t be found in the local super market any Italian deli would have it. My Italian- background daughter-in-law loves it. Oh, and I should say that I enjoy Ali’s reviews – she obviously loves her job. Regards Anna Bowman via email Dear Editor I cur rently live in a small mining town in north-west Western Australia and recently received a subscription to gr from a close friend and music student. I am studying literature and was thrilled to receive this wonderful gift.One of the most fantastic aspects of this magazine though is the Younger Readers’ Word of Mouth section. I have a two-year- old son who loves books and this section gives my husband andmeaguideastowhatis suitable for his age group, and a brief summary of the story sothatwecanworkoutifitis appropriate educationally and interest wise.We are limited to what we can purchase in town but the list of bookshops in Australia is extremely helpful. Pippa Taylor Tom Price WA via email 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 just wanted to thank you for the May issue. I was in hospital when it arrived at my home, so my husband brought it in to me. It was like having a whole group of good friends dropping in over the next few days, telling me of good books to read when I got better. I also want to say that I like the long awaited ‘gr list’ – it will make it so much easier going to the library to place my requests.The ‘Not the Usual Suspects’ article was also much appreciated, as I am always on the lookout for new crime/mystery authors. Thank you again for this wonderful magazine. Su Carter via email contributors WINNING LETTER Regular Contributors Gareth Beal Felicity Carter Ali Cocksedge Christine Cremen Robyn Cunningham Suzanne Eggins Kerry Foster Katy Gerner Anastasia Gonis Maggie Hamilton Stephen Hart Judith Harvey Jennifer Hatherly David James Lachlan Jobbins Michelle Kelly Ann Kendall Johanne Knowles Jody Lee Frances Love Siobhán McHugh Paul Maley Merle Morcom Wendy Noble Keiran Rogers Dina Ross Claire Scobie Ruth Wajnryb Brooke Walker Wendy Waring Stephanie Winfield Special Contributors This Month Goldie Alexander is a Melbourne-based writer. Her most recent books for older children include My Story: Surviving Sydney Cove and Killer Virus. She also teaches creative writing. Gabrielle Morrissey is the author of Urge. She also hosts a radio show called The Naked Truth. Bruce Pascoe’s most recent novel is Ocean, He is currently writing a history of western Victoria. Sue Woolfe’s most recent novel is The Secret Cure. In between writing novels, she teaches creative writing.