Friday, June 1, 2012

{misc.}


Dim image of dessert train (taken by over-sugared photographer 
with fear of taking photos of food in public and
accompanied by food photography disapproving friend.)

Well, I'm crazy insane busy in a why-did-I-do-this-when-I-could-be-reading-fun-books?-way. 'This' being a paper I am writing for a conference in early July. In Edinburgh. In Scotland (in case there is another Edinburgh somewhere). I haven't given a serious academic paper for so long. Years. Many, many years. Books for fun have certainly fallen by the wayside while I juggle too many things, including my day job which has nothing to do with my other lives.

And my reading plans? I do hope to read something for Beryl Bainbridge week. And I do hope that I will be able to wallow in frivolous reading during the horrific number of hours/days it will take me to get from Australia to Scotland (via - my reward! - Paris).

Anyway, I had a lovely bookish encounter the week before last when, on a quick jaunt from Adelaide to Sydney (primarily to use the university library, though I confess I also used a dessert train to sustain my endeavours), I was taken by a friend to hear Sulari Gentill speak at Sydney Writers' Festival. I had loved her debut historical crime novel, A Few Right Thinking Men {REVIEW}, and was pleased to find the author as quirky and amusing as her book. She was an excellent speaker 'in conversation' about how - and what - she writes. She also grows black truffles and studied both astrophysics and law at university. Afterwards I got to speak with her, while getting the next two books in the Rowland Sinclair series signed (always a thrill to have a signed copy, I think), and she was such a delight.

It is nice when a writer one admires turns out to be a lovely person as well. Incidentally, there was quite a bit of celebrity-spotting available at the festival. At the next signing booth was Dame Stella Rimington. The thrill! And, according to a passerby, Roddy Doyle was sitting next to us at lunch.

The Sulari Gentill books I bought (breaking the book-buying ban that has been in force to fund my 'holiday') were A Decline in Prophets and Miles Off Course (more info via the publisher). If only I had the time to read them...

 

6 comments:

  1. Gentill is a completely new name to me, but I'm off now to see if her books are available in the UK. Thank you.

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    1. Thanks Alex - you should check them out. A great new voice.

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  2. It was lovely to meet you too. I didn't realise you were "Bibliolathas" - I've been reading your blog for ages. Have a wonderful time abroad and whenever you do find time to read A Decline in Prophets and Miles Off Course, I do hope you enjoy them.

    Cheers

    Sulari

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    1. Oh, thank you! It was a great pleasure to listen to your thoughts. I am loving your take on the 30s - such an interesting and untapped period from the Australian side of things.

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  3. You will love them too, I'm sure! (I am hanging out for number 4, as is my mum, whose grandfather was a member of the new guard - something I never knew till we were talking about how much we both enjoyed A Few Right Thinking Men). You should also read Chasing Odysseus, a clever and charming take on the Odyssey.

    PS. I hope you don't mind that I stalkerishly have found your blog.

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    1. I had to run through the Annes-I-Know in my head, then, just in case. Only kidding... Delighted. It is killing me not being able to read nice things at the moment.

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