Walter Mason's holiday reading

Let's face it, I don't really have a holiday coming up. Like most writers, I am pretty much working constantly. But I DO realise that it's the holiday season, and I do have some special reading lined up. Besides, I was inspired by the recent email from the NSW Writers' Centre, which told us what its staff were planning on reading for the holidays, and I found it absolutely fascinating. So here's what I plan to tackle over Christmas and the Australian Summer:

Red Tape, Gold Scissors: The Story of Sydney's Chinese by Shirley Fitzgerald - This was actually a gift, but it looks utterly fascinating, and it is a topic that has always intrigued me.

Diary of a Taxi Driver by Cai Mingjie - I bought this when I was in Singapore this year, but I never got around to reading it. I am always so interested to read about occupations rarely dealt with in literature. This guy has a PhD!

Ghosts of the Empire by Justin Sheedy - A brand new release from a very old pal.

Memoirs of a Gnostic Dwarf by David Madsen - Another gift, the description of this novel on the back cover makes it irresistable. A perverted historical religious novel set in the 15th and 16th centuries.

The One Minute Millionaire by Mark Victor Hansen - Has been recommended to me by so many people. Who knows, maybe after I've finished this one I WILL be able to take a proper holiday?

Tales of Old Bangkok by Chris Burslem - Another one to help me pretend I am on holiday. This looks great - excerpts from old Thai newspapers that reveal what life was once like in this most sensational city.


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