Good Reading : May 2008
1 book trivia I am sure everyone has had the experience of reading a book and finding it vibrating with aliveness, with colour and immediacy. And then, perhaps some weeks later, reading it again and finding it flat and empty. Well, the book hasn’t changed: you have. Doris Lessing This month 10 lucky readers have the chance to win a copy of Woman of Clay by Bernadette Raymond O’Connor, valued at $24.95 each. Riona is a skilled potter living on the island of Slane. She fantasises about creating a clay figure of her own design, her own woman of clay. She longs to feel safe, to have companionship and to feel that she is valued and accepted by others on the island. But Riona lives on an island where there are long cloaks to wear and many rules to follow. She is alone when she looks from her cave out to sea to the world beyond. She is alone when she sits on the cliffs and sees strange flickering lights at night and is scared. She is alone when she witnesses a suicide. She alone can see Murtagh, the hermit whom the others believe is dead. She has always been told those on the mainland are evil. Now she must be courageous and make up her own mind. To enter, tell us the name of the island on which Riona lives. Write your answer, your name and contact details, on the back of an envelope and mail to ‘Woman of Clay Competition’, GPO Box 3835, Sydney NSW 2001 or enter online at www.goodreadingmagazine.com. Win! 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 01/05/08 and 31/05/08 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 2/6/08. 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 Winning entries will be those that are judged to have the correct or best answers. 10. The winners will be notified by mail and their names will be published in the July issue of Good Reading and on the Good Reading website during June 2008. This month 10 lucky readers have the chance to win a copy of Unforgotten by Clare Francis, valued at $32.95 each. After five years, lawyer Hugh Gwynne’s most difficult case has finally come to court. His client Tom Deacon is claiming damages for post-traumatic stress after a car accident in which he witnessed the death of his young daughter by fire. Hugh receives an anonymous letter that throws him into an impossible dilemma. To stay on the case is unethical, to withdraw will threaten its success, and Tom Deacon, revealing himself in an entirely new light, makes it clear that such treachery will not be forgiven. Then one night Hugh’s life changes forever. His happiness is snatched away, and he, like Tom, must face a lifetime of troubling memories. To enter, tell us what Hugh does for a living. Write your answer, your name and contact details, on the back of an envelope and mail to ‘Unforgotten Competition’, GPO Box 3835, Sydney NSW 2001 or enter online at www.goodreadingmagazine.com. Booktown for a Day 2008 Clunes’ ‘Booktown for a Day’ last year (May 2007 gr) was so successful that it has been confirmed as an annual event. Now called ‘Back to Booktown’, it will be held this year on the weekend of 3 to 4 May. Over 50 secondhand and antiquarian booksellers are expected to take part and set up shop for the weekend. There will be free talks from nationally award-winning Australian writers John Marsden, Alexis Wright, Melissa Lucashenko, Anthony Lawrence and Nigel Krauth. And talk about a place for a great find! A ‘nothing over $5 book sale’ offers thousands of books brought together from communities all over Victoria. There’s a special Booktown Train from Melbourne to Ballarat and a chartered bus to Clunes from there. Find out more at http://clunes.org/booktown/ Was Tom Cole the ‘real’ Crocodile Dundee? Tom Cole came to Australia from England to start a new life in a strange land at the age of seventeen. It was 1906. He became an outback legend, an expert horseman and stockman, renowned crocodile and buffalo hunter and to top it all off, a coffee grower. The Tom Cole Omnibus paints a picture of an Australia long gone. It contains two of his classics Riding the Wildman Plains and Crocodiles and Other Characters, as well as letters and diaries from 1923 to 1943.Tom’s bestselling autobiography Hell West and Crooked was published in 1988.