Sunday, July 13, 2014

Six of Catherine Jinks's favorite books

Catherine Jinks, author of How to Catch a Bogle and many other books, is a three-time winner of the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year award, and has also won a Victorian Premier's Literature Award, the Ena Noel Award for Children's Literature, and an Aurealis Award for Science Fiction. In 2001 she was presented with a Centenary Medal for her contribution to Australian Children's Literature.

One of six books that changed her, as shared with the Sydney Morning Herald:
Down and Out in Paris and London, George Orwell

This was a gateway book - an introduction to top-grade journalism. I graduated to other Orwell classics (including Homage to Catalonia and The Road to Wigan Pier) and then to Rebecca West's A Train of Powder, Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, Jon Krakauer, Sebastian Junger, Helen Garner … There's nothing quite as exciting or moving as the very finest literary non-fiction.
Read about another book on the list.

Down and Out in Paris and London is among Aman Sethi's five notable books on work and working, Roman Krznaric's five recommended books on the art of living, Alice-Azania Jarvis's reading list about unemployment, and Carmela Ciuraru's six favorite pseudonymous books.

--Marshal Zeringue