Good Reading Magazine – September

The September issue of Good Reading magazine is ready for you to read!

You will find the online version on our website, or you can borrow a physical copy from the library.

Featured books

The History of Bees by Maja Lunde
England, 1852. William, a biologist and seed merchant, sets out to build a new type of beehive — one that will give him and his children honour and fame.United States, 2007. George, a beekeeper, fights an uphill battle against modern farming, but he hopes that his son can be their salvation.

China, 2098. Tao hand-paints pollen onto fruit trees now that the bees have long since disappeared. When Tao’s young son is taken away by the authorities after a tragic accident — and she is kept in the dark about his whereabouts and condition — she sets out on a gruelling journey to find out what happened to him.

Haunting, illuminating, and deftly written, The History of Bees joins these three very different narratives into one gripping and thought-provoking story that is just as much about the powerful relationships between children and parents as it is about our relationship to nature and humanity.

Read the September cover story here.

Secrets Between Friends by Fiona Palmer

Best friends Abbie, Jess and Ricki are setting sail on a cruise ship, rekindling the excitement of a school excursion they took 10 years earlier to the historic port town of Albany. But are they truly prepared for what this voyage will reveal?

Secrets Between Friends is a poignant novel of romance, family dynamics and friendship. Through her highly relatable, sympathetic characters, beloved Australian storyteller Fiona Palmer writes about issues, experiences and emotions we have all faced while posing the ultimate question: What is really important in this life?

Taboo by Kim Scott

Taboo, which takes place in present day rural Western Australia, tells the story of a group of Noongar people who revisit a taboo place: the site of a massacre that followed the assassination, by these Noongar people’s ancestors, of a white man who had stolen a black woman. They come at the invitation of Dan Horton, the elderly owner of the farm on which the massacres unfolded. He hopes that by hosting the group he will satisfy his wife’s dying wishes and cleanse a moral stain from the ground on which he and his family have lived for generations.

But the sins of the past will not be so easily expunged.

City of Crows by Chris Womersley

France, 1673. Desperate to save herself and her onlysurviving child from an outbreak of plague, the widow Charlotte Picot flees her village to seek sanctuary in Lyon.

But, waylaid on the road by slavers, young Nicolas is stolen and his mother is left for dead. Charlotte fears the boy has been taken to Paris for sale, for it is well known there is no corruption in a man’s heart that cannot be found in that terrible City of Crows.

Yet this is not only a story of Paris and its streets thronged with preachers, troubadours and rogues. It is also the tale of a woman who calls herself a sorceress, and a demon who thinks he is a man.

Fergus the Farting Dragon by Monique Mulligan

Fergus is different from other dragons. But when people make fun of him, he has an ear-splitting, eye-watering, toe-curling, stink-making response. He farts! When a cheeky knight in a fireproof suit steals a precious dragon egg, the other dragons are at a loss. It’s left to Fergus to get the egg back from the thieving knight. A rhyming story that celebrates difference in an entertaining way, Fergus the Farting Dragon is set to delight adults and children.

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