In This Issue (October 2007)
Table of contents
Letters to the editor
Letter from the editorItchy feet get a good scratch this issue! It’s our annual travel special, and we have all kinds of features to whet the wanderlust in you. The main author profile is of that intrepid duo Tony and Maureen Wheeler, founders of the phenomenally successful worldwide travel book company Lonely Planet. Caron Dann’s interview is on page 14.
In London in July I interviewed another couple who run a very different kind of travel book company, Rose Baring and Barnaby Rogerson of Eland. They specialise in keeping travel classics in print; read about them on page 9.
On page 18 one of our favourite contributors, Derek Parker, tells us about some of his favourite travel narratives. I’m glad I didn’t have to write this, as I wouldn’t know where to begin – although I think I’d nominate Peter Matthiessen’s The Snow Leopard as my all-time number one choice.
Alice Steinbach is an American journalist whose peregrinations have taken her to many countries over the years, and her insights into the places and people she’s encountered inspired new contributor Eleanor Massey to tell us about them on page 21. Another new contributor, Susan Hall, tells us about Fremantle and its newly installed Writers Walk on page 22. Rosamund Burton interviews Tony Kevin, who undertook the pilgrimage across Spain to Santiago de Compostela and wrote a book about the experience, on page 34, and on page 35 I take a look at some recent travel guides.
This month we also have an exciting competition for a lucky reader to win: lunch with Colleen McCullough! To celebrate the publication of Colleen’s new novel Antony and Cleopatra, which concludes her ‘Masters of Rome’ series, her publisher HarperCollins is arranging a special lunch with the iconic author just for readers of gr. The prize includes not only the lunch at a top restaurant in Sydney, but also return airfares to and from Sydney and one night’s accommodation for the winner and a friend. So check out the details on page 3 of this issue and start racking those brains! For inspiration, read Judy Huston’s interview with Colleen on page 12.
Rounding off the magazine this month are a short story from a new collection by Queensland writer Tracey-Anne Forbes (page 50), and a spread of brilliant photographs taken in Australia in 1930 by world-famous photographer EO Hoppé (page 46).
Correction: In the September issue of gr, the review of The Two of Us by Sheila Hancock was incorrectly attributed to Jerry Ronnoco. It was actually penned by stalwart contributor Clive Hodges. Apologies to both parties.
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