Good Reading : July 2008
JULY 2008 ı goodreading 11 book trivia I have sometimes dreamt that when the Day of Judgement dawns and the great conquerors and lawyers and statesmen come to receive their rewards – their crowns, their laurels, their names carved indelibly upon imperishable marble – the Almighty will turn to Peter and will say, not without a certain envy when He sees us coming with our books under our arms, “Look, these need no reward. We have nothing to give them. They have loved reading”. Virginia Woolf from The Common Reader Truly Mortifying This story by Michael Ondaatje is so awful, we just had to share it with you. ‘I did hear this one true story – the nightmare event at a reading. ‘A well-known American novelist, after her successes, was invited back to her high school.They had put on the dog for her and she had therefore put on the dog for them. She dressed well and stood up at the lectern to give her formal speech about writing, the arts, culture, education – all the noble things writers never talk or think about when they are not on panels or speaking publicly. ‘It was a full auditorium. Halfway through the talk she began to feel sick and, knowing she was soon going to throw up, announced in a calm voice that she had left a few pages of her speech offstage in her bag. She walked off slowly and as soon as she was out of sight ran to the bathroom and threw up noisily. She had been doing this for about a minute when someone came into the bathroom to tell her that the lapel mike was still on.’ Extracted from Mortification: writers’ stories of their public shame edited by Robin Robertson, published by HarperCollins, rrp $27.95. This month one lucky reader could win a very special 2008 Miles Franklin Award prize pack, valued at $131.79. The pack contains signed copies of this year’s five shortlisted novels. They are: The Fern Tattoo by David Brooks, The Time We Have Taken by Steven Carroll, Love without Hope by Rodney Hall, Sorry by Gail Jones and Landscape of Farewell by Alex Miller. To enter, tell us how many novels were on this year’s shortlist? Write your answer and your name and contact details on the back of an envelope and mail to ‘Miles Franklin Competition’, GPO Box 3835 Sydney NSW 2001 or enter online at www.goodreadingmagazine.com And also this month, 10 lucky readers could win a copy of The Reunion, a psychological thriller by Holland’s ‘queen of crime’ Simone van der Vlugt, valued at $32.95 each. If you could go back, what would you say to your younger self? Would you reach out and hug her? Sabine was fifteen when Isabel disappeared. What if she’d seen something back then, nine years ago, the day of Isabel’s disappearance? What if she’d blocked it out almost entirely? What if her memory was returning to her? And what if it was dangerous? To enter, tell us how old Sabine was when Isabel disappeared. Write your answer and your name and contact details on the back of an envelope and mail to ‘Reunion Competition’, GPO Box 3835 Sydney NSW 2001 or enter online at www.goodreadingmagazine.com Also this month 10 lucky readers have the chance to win a copy of Jeffery Deaver’s new novel The Broken Window, valued at $32.99 each. Detective Lincoln Rhyme s cousin has been arrested for murder. The evidence clearly shows he did it, but Rhyme agrees to check things out. It turns out that the cousin, along with other people, has been wrongly convicted because the true killer knows every single detail about the lives of the victims he kills and the men he sets up to take the fall for those crimes. Rhyme, Sachs and the rest of the team have to solve the mystery. To enter, tell us the name of the detective in Jeffery Deaver’s crime novels. Write your answer and your name and contact details on the back of an envelope and mail to ‘Jeffery Deaver 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 01/07/08 and 31/07/08 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 4/8/08. 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 August 2008. Win!