After two years of industrial action, the teachers union and the state government have stopped head-butting and finally reached an agreement about a pay rise. This means the bans on implementing the new Australian Curriculum have been lifted and that this term teachers now have to assess students using a new curriculum that they have barely set eyes on, and report student progress to parents. This means that curriculum coordinators like me suddenly have rather a lot to do, with a very tight deadline … and rather a lot of this work needs to be done at home after school *sigh*.
Fortunately the book I’ve just finished reading is the redoubtable Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel which has won just about every award there is and has been reviewed all over the place, so there is no need for me to write a review. I would find it very hard to do anyway, because I do not like to gush in my reviews and I think I would find it very hard not to over-enthuse about the wonders of this follow-up to Wolf Hall. (You can see my review of that one here).
I am going to content myself with two quotations, which seem so relevant to contemporary politics, I can’t resist them:
All the same: in village alehouses up and down England, they are blaming the king and Anne Boleyn for the weather: the concubine, the great whore. If the king would take back his lawful wife Katherine, the rain would stop. And indeed, who can doubt that everything would be different and better, if only England were ruled by village idiots and their drunken friends? (p. 36)
And he does not see what more he can do for Anne Boleyn. She is crowned, she is proclaimed, her name is written in the statute, in the rolls: but if the people do not accept her as queen … (p. 152)
Australians will understand why these two quotations resonate….
For a beaut Aussie review see Janine’s thoughts at The Resident Judge of Port Phillip.
Author: Hilary Mantel
Title: Bring Up the Bodies
Publisher: Fourth Estate (Harper Collins)
Source: Personal library, purchased from Benn’s Books $32.99