Look Who Loves
to Read Local
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be a local to Love Reading Local.
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The Honourable Kim Beazley, AC
Governor of Western Australia
‘Perth’ by David Whish-Wilson was a difficult choice. It could just as easily have been Tim Winton’s ‘Cloudstreet’, or Robert Drewe’s ‘Shark Net’. The latter two describe the childhood I had in Claremont and the river and neighbouring districts. But ‘Perth’ filled caverns in my knowledge of my home town.
The ambience of Perth that David describes is very much how I have seen it. Particularly the light. A bright, encompassing, defining light. It is a joy to read something which so perfectly amplifies and improves your view of the world.
Photographer & Editor Jess Gately with Dress Rehearsal by Madison Godfrey.
Editors WA Liam Selby with Three Can Keep a Secret edited by Laura Keenan and Linda Martin from Night Parrot Press
Maria Blackman with Between the Water and the Night Sky by Simone Lazaroo.
Zoologist and Science Communicator, Mandy Bamford chose Simon Cherriman’s Hollowed Out?
Randal Humich, Team Manager of Humich Group, chose How to Shame the Devil by Ros Thomas
Sarah, Duchess of York chose “Alexandra Rose and her Icy-cold Toes” by Monique Mulligan (Serenity Press)
Cultural Industries Minister Templeman chose “Perth” by David Whish-Wilson.
Stephen Fry chose “Every Family is Different” by Maureen Eppen and Veronica Rooke.
Janet DeNeefe, Director of the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival chose “The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela” by Sisonke Msimang.
British actor Robert Llewellyn (aka Kryten from “Red Dwarf”) chose Tim Winton’s “Dirt Music”.
WA lawyer Lyndsey Pheloung-Beck chose children’s picture book “Can a Quokka Quack”.
Singer/songwriter Gina Williams chose “Rottnest Island, Kingdom of the Quokka” by Leighton DeBarros.
Marcus Canning, former Director of Artrage and Fringeworld, and current Director of The Rechabite chose Josephine Wilson’s “Extinctions”.
Shaheen Hughes, Director of the Museum of Freedom and Tolerance chose “Young Dark Emu” by Bruce Pascoe, published by Broome-based Magabala Books.
Tamara Cook, Director of Known Associates chose “Truth. Growth. Repeat” by Mike Edmonds, with Ronnie Duncan
Prof. Stanley, founding Director of the Telethon Kids Institute chose “Mamang” by Kim Scott, Iris woods and the Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories Project
Sally Carbon, Olympic Gold Medallist, and nine-time Western Australian author chose Rachael Johns ‘The Art of Keeping Secrets’.
Trudi Cornish, Manager Libraries, Heritage and Gallery for the City of Greater Geraldton chose “Nganajungu Yagu” by Charmaine Papertalk-Green
Beth Herbert, owner of Dymocks Busselton, chose an entire bookcase of books.
Sue Henderson, Writing WA Board Member, chose “Do What You’ll Say You’ll Do”, a leadership book by Tammy Tansley.
Joanna Andrew, Coordinator Library Services at the City of Perth Library chose a bunch of books!
Sisonke Msimang, Director of Literature and Ideas at the Perth Festival chose “The Salt Madonna” by Catherine Noske.
Andrew Vlahov, four-time Olympic basketballer, chose Sally Carbon’s “Team Mates”.
Catherine Noske, author and editor of Westerly, chose “Tourmaline” by Randolph Stow.
Media Consultant Janine Pittaway chose “West” by Christian Fletcher.
Poet Nandi Chinna chose “That Was My Home” by Denise Cook.
CSIRO Agriculture & Food Science Director Michael Roberston chose “The Turning”.
Writer Emily Paull chose “Leaving Elvis”.
Guy Boyce, Chair of Writing WA, chose “The Golden Age”.
Radio presenter Gillian O’Shaunnessy chose “Boots” by Nadia Rhook.
Writer Peter Jeffery chose “In the Hollow of the Land”.
Photographer Jess Gately chose “The Salt Madonna”.
Arts Critic Nina Levy chose two books by Elizabeth Tan.
Writer Adam Morris chose “Return Ticket” by Jon Doust.
Awesome Children’s Festival Director Jenny Simpson chose Martine Perret’s “Ngala Wongga”.