It was National Bookshop Day today and even though I had been there just last week and spent an inordinate amount of money, I didn’t need any persuasion to head on down again to Benn’s Bookshop in Bentleigh because Elliot *swoon* Perlman was there!
I have loved every one of Perlman’s books, starting with Three Dollars, then Seven Types of Ambiguity (my favourite) and his most recent The Street Sweeper (see my review). We had a little chat, and (because I am impertinently impatient for his next book) I asked him what was coming next. He is currently working on ‘something for television’ but is also mulling over two books, so there will be more to come from this most talented author, some day in due course. (You can read more about him at Meet an Aussie Author).
Naturally, I discovered some books that *smacks forehead* I had neglected to buy last week. Benn’s had ordered in a copy of Volume 2 of the Gamers’ Trilogy, Gamers ‘ Challenge for my school library (see my review of Book 3 at LisaHillSchoolStuff) so I picked that up. Book 1 has gone down a treat with a very reluctant reader from Year 6 so now I have the complete set. But I also found (on their bargain table!) a copy of Explore Reptiles by Maurice Pledger, which has lift-up flaps, and graphics with textures and holograms. My students love pop-up and lift-the-flap books and they take great care of them because they’re only allowed to borrow them if they have a good borrowing record – no lost or damaged books. It gives me great pleasure to see children treating these books so tenderly. I also could not resist The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce. This is the book that inspired the Academy Award winning short film. If you haven’t seen it, do follow this link to You Tube and watch it right through to the end, it is beautiful.
What did I buy for me?
Gotland by Fiona Capp, I’ve seen reviews for this somewhere and it looks interesting. It’s a fable for our times: the plot follows Australia’s First Lady to Gotland, in order to escape the unrelenting media spotlight.
The Gardener from Ochakov by Andrey Kurkov, (Author of Death and the Penguin). Translated from the Russian by Amanda Love Darragh, so this is one that will please Stu from Winston’s Dad, because he’s the one who introduced me to Kurkov with his review of Death and the Penguin.
A World of Other People by Steven Carroll. I like the look of this one because T S Eliot and his poem ‘Four Quartets’ make an appearance. I was fascinated by this poem when I was at university and will aim to re-read it before tackling Carroll’s book.
James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion 2014 , a somewhat reluctant purchase because I was a bit put off Halliday when he used his book launch of a previous edition to promote his risible ideas about climate change. IMO Mr Halliday should leave it to the scientists, who know what they’re talking about, because we’re interested in his expert opinion about wine, not his daft ideas about an area he clearly doesn’t understand. (Why would he? He has a law degree, not a science degree.) But there is no doubt that his Wine Companions are the very best resource for wine buyers who cellar as we do. We take the Companion with us on our wine buying trips, and have never been disappointed by his advice about what to buy and how long to cellar it for. I have every Companion since 2002, and I love looking up a wine we’ve kept for years and years, to see what Halliday wrote about it back when it was young.
By buying a book (or two) I was eligible for Benn’s book giveaway and I chose Sarah Murgatroyd’s The Dig Tree (Text Classics). I had read a library copy of this before and absolutely loved it, a superb account of the ill-fated Burke and Wills expedition, so it is really nice to have my own copy, especially in this new edition with an introduction by Geoffrey Blainey.
Availability of Elliot Perlman’s books:
- Three Dollars (book) and Three Dollars (DVD);
- The Reasons I Won’t Be Coming;
- Seven Types of Ambiguity
- The Street Sweeper