Our challenge for August is to read a book discussed on ABC’s The Book Club or from their list of ‘Top 10 books to read before you die’
I’ll choose two books for this challenge;
#7 – 10 Aussie books you must read before you die
Norman Lindsay – The Magic Pudding
The adventures of those splendid fellows Bunyip Bluegum, Bill Barnacle and Sam Sawnoff, the penguin bold, and of course their amazing, everlasting and very cantankerous Puddin’.
Norman Lindsay’s best known children’s book is The Magic Pudding. He wrote it in 1917, partly to settle an argument with his friend Bertram Stevens of The Bulletin and Art in Australia, who maintained that children liked to read about fairies, whereas Lindsay said they liked to read about food.
First published in 1918, it is still in print and has been translated into Japanese, German, French and Spanish as well as having been published in Britain and the United States. It is regarded as a classic of children’s literature.
Lindsay wrote only one other children’s book, Flyaway Highway, published in 1936. The display features watercolours of the characters and their costumes produced by Lindsay in about 1960 and mannequins produced for one of the several stage versions of the The Magic Pudding. — Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
ABC’s The Book Club: March 2013
Hugh Howey – Wool Omnibus (Wool #1-5)
They live beneath the earth in a prison of their own making. There is a view of the outside world, a spoiled and rotten world, their forefathers left behind. But this view fades over time, ruined by the toxic airs that kill any who brave them.
So they leave it to the criminals, those who break the rules, and who are sent to cleaning. Why do they do it, these people condemned to death? Sheriff Holston has always wondered. Now he is about to find out.
This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.
(Media: Will probably go with the Audible audio book for this read.)
Wool was also the Sword & Laser read for May 2013