Good Reading : October 2008
OCTOBER 2008 ı goodreading 15 recent releases We felt that Art of the Fly was almost a yang to Wild Tea Cosies’ yin. Or perhaps a boy version. Like knitting cosies, tying flies has a twofold pleasure: the pleasure of creating your own lure and the pleasure of using it to fish. The flies shown in this book are magnificent. They seem to have value for their beauty and art alone, but surely they would have even more importance to those who know what their ultimate use could be. Believed to date back to Macedonian anglers in ancient Rome, the art of fly fishing and fly tying has evolved considerably since then. Some of the images in this book are indistinguishable from real insects and all are exquisite. Art of the Fly by Frank O’Leary is published by Penguin, rrp $49.95. TIE FLIES tea crazy The tea cosy is thought to be a British invention which came into being with the concept of tea parties, prolific in that country after about 1750. Australia’s Powerhouse Museum holds a number of handmade crocheted, knitted and embroidered tea cosies, saying on its website that the attention paid to the production of tea cosies ‘reflects the importance of tea drinking in 19th and 20th century Australia. Indeed, at a time when middle-class women did not have outside employment and socialising was principally done in the home, the equipment and presentation of afternoon tea was a major social indicator.’ Loani Prior’s Wild Tea Cosies reflects two international social trends of recent years: those of knitting (who could forget when Charlotte asserted that ‘knitting is the new yoga’ in Sex in the City?) and high tea (runways in Europe this year are groaning with ‘tea dresses’, and you can take high tea at just about any posh hotel in the city). Now we just have to learn how to knit and read at the same time. Wild Tea Cosies by Loani Prior is published by Simon and Schuster, rrp $24.95.