In This Issue (October 2004)
Table of contents
Letters to the editor
I have been reading your magazine from when it was first published and it has become an invaluable tool in promoting fiction to staff at my school. I have always found out about wonderful books but a small review of a book in your June issue has turned out to provide a lifeline. Lessons From My Child: parents' experiences of life with a disabled child by Cindy Dowling, Neil Nicoll and Bernadette Thomas has given me so much. My daughter has recently been diagnosed with autism and nowhere have I been able to find the grief process associated with this expressed so clearly. I laughed, cried but most importantly didn't feel so alone. I can't thank you enough for bringing this book to my attention.
Resource Centre Manager
Marian College, West Sunshine Vic
I have purchased gr since its inception and I look forward to it arriving in my mailbox every month.
I was worried (probably like a lot of readers) when I first heard that Caroline Baum was leaving as I so enjoyed the direction the magazine was heading, so I am pleased to say that since you (Kathy Mossop) arrived the magazine has gone from strength to strength.
I work in a remote location of WA and when not on shift look after the library and the purchases of new books for the library. gr is a wonderful guide to all the latest books on the market and helps me in the purchases of all new material for the library. Needless to say the magazine finds its way to the magazine rack in the library room every month to be enjoyed by others.
Thanks again for a great read, as I wait in anticipation for the next issue.
Hugh T Kelly
I felt a frisson of recognition when I came to the 'Mary' sayings in your fascinating article on the original Mary Poppins. My 103-year-old grandmother has always had a fund of wonderful sayings and ditties from her childhood on Sydney's North Shore and nursing days at Sydney Hospital. One of her favourites is:
'Never trouble trouble
Until trouble troubles you.
You'll only double trouble
And trouble others, too'
PL Travers, a near contemporary of my grandmother's, was obviously brought up on the same fare! My grandmother is still happy and mostly healthy and despite a failing memory of recent happenings, recollects verse from her youth with amazing clarity. One of her daily favourites when she becomes impatient with her old body is:
'Here we suffer grief and pain,
Over the road they suffer the same,
But next door they suffer more!'
I shall be looking out for the original Mary Poppins. It will delight an old lady who loves a good story!
As I imagine lots of your readers do, I enjoy searching old bookshops and I do confess to a peculiar fascination for early edition books, especially signed copies.
I have recently stumbled on a particularly good example. I bought a copy of Ice Station by Matthew Reilly. The book is signed for 'John' with a note saying the author hoped that John would enjoy the book and that he was concerned that Natalie had got John's hopes up too high.
The book is dedicated to Natalie. I wonder if it's the same Natalie? I also wonder how much John enjoyed the book considering I found the book in a second hand shop less than five years after it was published!
Yours in books
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