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Journeys : October November 2009
Reviews Chris Viney Adventures in Caravanastan Walkley Award-winning writer Greg Bearup and his partner, journalist Lisa Upton, took their toddler Joe in a caravan around Australia, exploring the country and meeting its people. They had already sur vived three years in Afghanistan -- but nothing prepared them for Caravanastan. Greg's road-book is a bouncy read, full of sharp obser vations and intriguing encounters. (Lisa's chapter on work experience behind the reception desk of a Pilbara brothel is a classic.) On the dow nside, the Tasmanian section has some sweeping generalisations about forestry (eg "Once a forest is clear-felled it is forever in the hands of the timber companies as a plantation. It is a grab for land, forever, for the benefit of a few.") As well, some of the ruthlessly verbatim interviews might make the subjects wish they'd never come within a bull's roar of Greg's pocket recorder -- there's a jovial country copper I know whose hair will stand on end when he reads his bit! $34.95 -- Fullers Bookshops Learning to live, learning to die The illustration on the cover o Susanne Foster Atkins' moving and personal book was drawn by one of her grandchildren. It shows Sue at two stages of her life, overlooking the crops at her beloved 'Wainui', the family's Riverina rice farm. Sue describes a joyful childhood and youth, then moves on to w rite about her happy and fulfilling family life in Tasmania with her late husband Gerald, who died of cancer earlier this year. As she was writing this book, Sue knew that she too had ter minal cancer -- she explains in evocative prose how this realisation makes every moment of each day a defining one; a moment to treasure. $25.45 plus postage www.maygog.com Phat Flats Talented Tasmanian graphic designer Cathy McAuliffe has created Phat Flats, a unique range of individually-designed and illustrated cards, wraps, artworks and gift products. "I found it was hard to choose nice cards for men," Cathy says. "Many cards are sentimental or stereotyped -- so I designed my own." Cathy's lively, quirky hand-drawn images are perfect on gift cards and w rapping paper -- and they make excellent gifts in their ow n right. www.phatflats.com.au Ronnie: Tasmanian Songman Writer Helen Gee's book on musician, storyteller and craftsman Ronnie Summers tells how the music passed on by his uncles and Cape Bar ren Island's old fellas has shaped his life. Ronnie has received a Centenary of Federation Award, a National Reconciliation Award, been nominated three times for Tasmanian Aboriginal of the Year, was the first Tasmanian Aboriginal to perform at an AFL game and is an educator of children on Aboriginal culture and traditions. The book includes a CD featuring the music of Cape Barren Island -- a unique blend of Cajun, blues, country and folk now recognised as a rare example of Australian musical folklore. $29.95 -- Fullers Bookshops To win your choice of any of these titles, write your contact details on the back of an envelope, include the name of the prize you'd like to win and mail to Reviews, RACT Marketing, GPO Box 2271, Hobart 7001. Entries close on 2 November. Hurrah for the next man Tasmanian Phil Davenport and his two brothers flew over 200 missions for Coastal Command in the UK during World War II. After the war, he worked for the UNRR A (United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration) in China, where he was caught up in that country's civil strife. Phil Davenport's book is full of insights and recollections from a full and eventful life. The title comes from a mantra that was popular in RAF wartime mess-rooms: 'So stand to your glasses steady This world is a world of lies Here's to the dead already Hurrah for the next man to die' $39.95 -- Fullers Bookshops Tasmania Wine and Gastronomy Map Vineyards, cellar doors, breweries, boutique distilleries, far m gates and gour met highlights -- this is the most comprehensive and up-to-date Tasmanian touring and tasting guide. Meticulously researched and written in Graeme Phillips' engaging style, it's an essential item in the glovebox of anyone interested in discovering Tasmania's food and wine. It's also a feast for the eye, with attractive and easy-to-read maps, excellent photography and outstanding illustrations. $14.95 -- Fullers Bookshops www.australianwinemaps.com The Art of Apple Branding This sumptuous and superbly- produced publication has been a long-ter m labour of love for authors David Walker and Chris Cowles. Their beautiful and lavishly-illustrated book traces the fascinating history of Australia's apple industry from its earliest days. It includes the nation's definitive collection of apple case labels, the brightly-coloured printed paper labels that were pasted on the ends of timber apple cases. Before the era of cardboard cartons and the collapse of the export trade, these branded boxes were exported across the globe, carrying the labels of family orchards to the great markets of Europe. Special price $99.95 (usually $195) Fullers Bookshops WIN! WIN $30 vouchers from Fullers Bookshop, Myer and The Body Shop. Find our Prize Pot, hidden in the magazine, write the page number and your contact details on the back of an envelope and mail to Prize Pot, RACT Marketing, GPO Box 2271, Hobart 7001. Entries close on 2 November. (Last issue the Prize Pot was on page 23). WIN Any of the titles reviewed on this page -- entry details adjacent. WIN A Bruny Island breakaway -- two nights at the Bruny Island Weekender at Dennes Point and tickets for two people on Rob Pennicott's Bruny Island Cruises eco-adventure from Adventure Bay. Details on page 43. The Wish List The general Terms and Conditions for all competitions conducted by Motor News Journeys are published at www.ract.com.au. Copies can be obtained by calling 13 27 22. Prize Pot - Claude Butler, Moonah - Michael Smith, Youngtown - Mr & Mrs A. Shackcloth, Howrah Trax Holden - Paul Malone, North Hobart Gardenia House holiday - Roslyn Groves, Prospect Vale r fg nds i id - f A l c In Tasmania today 47 October / November 09
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