Good Reading March issue out now

11 Mar 2019

Have you seen the March issue of Good Reading magazine? No?! Well, you're in for a treat.

Writer and activist Carly Findlay tells us about the contemporary novels that stole her heart and her new memoir Say HelloAs the federal election looms, check out this line up of books about politics and hot-key issues. Matt Howard tells us about his work in the realm of magazine and book publishing and his latest book The Time is Now, Monica SparrowBlue Mountains author Trevor Shearston on how his wife's pursuit of a career in pottery inspired him to write Hare's Fur.

New releases featured include: 

The Time is Now, Monica Sparrow
by Matt Howard

Cast adrift by loss, Monica Sparrow is marooned in her semi in Neasden, the so-called ‘loneliest village in London’, her home stuffed with nothing she needs. Is it time for her to finally get her house in order? Can she isolate what really matters, and clear the junk? And while it’s too late for her family to be as they were, can Monica fashion an entirely new one, from the unlikeliest set of contenders? A humorous and heartwarming story of second chances and new beginnings.
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The War Artist
by Simon Cleary 

When Brigadier James Phelan returns from Afghanistan with the body of a young soldier killed under his command, he is traumatised by the tragedy. An encounter with young Sydney tattoo artist Kira leaves him with a permanent tribute to the soldier, and it is a meeting that will change the course of his life. What he isn’t expecting on his homecoming is a campaign of retribution from the soldiers who blame him for the ambush and threaten his career. With his marriage also on the brink, his life spirals out of control. 

Islands
by Peggy Frew

Helen and John are too preoccupied with making a mess of their marriage to notice the quiet ways in which their daughters are suffering. Junie grows up brittle and defensive, Anna difficult and rebellious. When fifteen-year-old Anna fails to come home one night, her mother's not too worried; Anna's taken off before but always returned. Helen waits three days to report her disappearance. But this time Anna doesn't come back ... 

The Night Dragon
by Matthew Condon

In 2017, Vincent O’Dempsey was sentenced to life in prison for the brutal murders of Barbara McCulkin and her two young daughters. It took over 40 years to bring him to justice. Feared for decades by criminals and police alike, O’Dempsey associated with convicted underworld figures and has been linked to a string of haunting cold cases, including the deadly Whiskey au Go Go nightclub firebombing that killed 15 innocent people. Award-winning investigative journalist Matthew Condon has put together a compelling picture of the calculating killer who spent his life evading the law before he was finally brought to justice.

Murder on Easey Street
by Helen Thomas

On a warm night in January 1977, Suzanne Armstrong and Susan Bartlett were savagely murdered in their house on Easey Street, Collingwood. Although police established a list of more than 100 ‘persons of interest’, the case became one of the most infamous unsolved crimes in Melbourne. Forty-two years on, Journalist Helen Thomas has re-examined the cold case. What emerges is a portrait of a crime rife with ambiguities and contradictions, which took place at a fascinating time in the city’s history. 

The Lost Night
by Andrea Bartz

In 2009, Edie had New York’s social world in her thrall. Mercurial and beguiling, she was the shining star of a group of recent graduates living in a Brooklyn loft and treating the city like their playground. When Edie’s body was found near a suicide note at the end of a long, drunken night, no one could believe it. Grief, shock, and resentment scattered the group and brought the era to an abrupt end. That is, until chance reunion ten years later leads Lindsay to question the hazy circumstances surrounding Edie’s death. She begins to wonder if ‘suicide’ was in fact ‘murder’ and worse still, if she herself was involved.

Capturing Nature
by Vanessa Finney

In the mid-nineteenth century, some of the earliest adopters of the revolutionary new art form of photography were scientists. Museums around the world were quick to see the huge potential for capturing fleeting moments of life, death and discovery. At the Australian Museum, curator Gerard Krefft and taxidermist Henry Barnes began to experiment with photography in the 1860s, preparing and staging their specimens - from whales and giant sunfish to lifelike lyre bird scenes and fossils - and capturing them in thousands of beautiful and arresting images. 

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