- By Debra Adelaide

The Simple Act of Reading

  • Title: The Simple Act of Reading
  • Author: Debra Adelaide
  • ISBN: 9780857986245
  • Page: 112
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Simple Act of Reading Joan London Gilgamesh Luke Davies Candy Kate Forsyth The Witches of Eileanan Andy Griffiths The Day My Butt Went Psycho David Malouf Ransom and many contribute This collection of essays and

    Joan London Gilgamesh , Luke Davies Candy , Kate Forsyth The Witches of Eileanan , Andy Griffiths The Day My Butt Went Psycho , David Malouf Ransom , and many contribute This collection of essays and memoir pieces explores the topic of reading, in particular what it means for writers to be readers and how that has shaped their life Contributors include Debra AdeJoan London Gilgamesh , Luke Davies Candy , Kate Forsyth The Witches of Eileanan , Andy Griffiths The Day My Butt Went Psycho , David Malouf Ransom , and many contribute This collection of essays and memoir pieces explores the topic of reading, in particular what it means for writers to be readers and how that has shaped their life Contributors include Debra Adelaide, Joan London, Delia Falconer, Sunil Badami, Gabrielle Carey, Luke Davies, Tegan Bennett Daylight, Kate Forsyth, Giulia Giuffre, Andy Griffiths, Anita Heiss, Gail Jones, Jill Jones, Catherine Keenan, Malcolm Knox, Wayne Macauley, Fiona McFarlane, David Malouf, Rosie Scott, Carrie Tiffany and Geordie Williamson.

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    1. If you've ever looked at your bookshelf and hardly recognized the old, battered novels that just a few years back had you completely engrossed, then you know that disquieting feeling of hardly remembering books that you may still regard as memorable. Or maybe you remember the oddest, irrelevant fragments without understanding why they stuck in your memory. Earlier this year I got through half of Jane Austen's Emma before I reached a passage that made me pause: Emma looks out of a shop window and [...]

    2. "The idea for this book was simple, as simple as the act of reading itself: how compelling it is when authors write about books, other authors or just moments in their reading lives that have been significant for them."Edited by Debra Adelaide, The Simple Act of Reading is a collection of short personal essays from twenty one of Australia's celebrated writers. Luke Davies writes of childhood correspondence with Herge, the author of TinTin. Joan London praises The Watch Tower by Elizabeth Harrowe [...]

    3. Review of The Simple Act of Reading Edited by Debra AdelaideWhat’s not to love? It’s a book about books. And about reading and the impact of books on us. It is a gem and the proceeds go to charity – The Sydney Story Factory. Don’t worry if you aren’t Australian and think you won’t have heard of all the contributors. To be honest, the recognition of the writers definitely adds to the recognition of the books themselves but isn’t necessary. I had forgotten all about the Cherry Ames b [...]

    4. “Books are a true kid of magic, and that is why they are so dangerous, and so essential.” – Kate ForsythThis book was created with the admirable intention of “supporting young readers and writers via the work of the Sydney Story Factory.” It does so by demonstrating, with a collection of nostalgic, inspiring and beautiful essays, how fundamentally important reading is to us, our childhoods and our futures. All proceeds from this book are donated to the Sydney Story Factory.All writers [...]

    5. This is not a book, this is a sonnet to celebrate people's love for the books they read or are going to, all along their life. A pity that all of this people talking about books are Australian authors whom I still haven't read. Anyway this book was really good because I can empathize with almost everything that was written and I think every book lover would appreciate it.Questo é qualcosa di piú di un libro, è piuttosto una celebrazione dell'amore delle persone per i libri che hanno letto o c [...]

    6. Wonderful collection of essays from a variety of authors. Notable essays for me included Anita Heiss's discussion of Indigenous Australian narrative and her work with the Indigenous Literacy Foundation; Sunil Badami's essay on reading as an act of remembering; Malcolm Knox's insights into his reading practices and incredible library collection; and, of course, the always-eloquent David Malouf's charming tale of being transported into the world of Jane Eyre.As with most anthologies, not all of th [...]

    7. This collection of stories about people’s experiences reading (and the books that shaped them) sounded good in theory, but in practice it was a little repetitive. I also realised that the stories were only really appealing if you had read the books they were writing about… and I hadn’t read over half of those discussed. Maybe this would have worked better if I had read it slowly, with breaks in between each story (like as a series, or a column in a newspaper) but all bunched together it ju [...]

    8. A book about reading by writers - What a wonderful combination! The Simple Act of Reading is a collection of essays and memoir pieces by Australian authors on their love of reading. All proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the Sydney Story Factory. A wonderful compilation that has left my “to read” even longer than it was before.Read my complete review at: memoriesfrombooks/2015Reviewed based on a publisher’s galley received through NetGalley

    9. Interesting collection of short reminiscences by some talented authors. Collected a few new reading thoughts and off to the Library again.

    10. 'I fitted awkwardly into my own life, but I was a native in the land of reading' - Catherine Keenan.There are many similarly poetic and profound statements on the power of reading in this enjoyable and readable collection of essays, but this one seemed to distil all of them into one. It highlights the seeming incongruity of the passive reader in a hyperactive world and their subsequent self-isolation through books. More importantly, it captures the pure magic of reading: that we can exist in two [...]

    11. Generally a good read. Particular favourites were: Kate Forsyth, Sunil Badami, Andy Griffiths, Anita Heiss and Geordie Williamson. Some I found a little pretentious and skimmed over those but overall it was an interesting read.

    12. Contains all the reasons I read and more. Essays from famous Australian writers on the topic of reading. Perfect for readers and writers alike. Learn how to read like a writer and be inspired by your reading.

    13. Like books about books? This is an interesting collection of essays written by authors about (for the most part) their love of books and reading.

    14. Australian authors share their fondest memories of reading: the pleasures and the power of it. Great stuff for a fellow book lover.

    15. Nice range of different authors who tell stories about writers and books that influenced their reading lives.

    16. This collection was really diverse and I really enjoyed the memoir aspects of many of the pieces. More books to be added to my reading list.

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