[DWJ] best books of 2010

Judith Ridge judith.ridge at gmail.com
Sat Mar 5 05:28:19 EST 2011

On 5 March 2011 21:03, Philip Belben <philip at axeside.co.uk> wrote:

> Jackie said:
>  I quite liked Enchanted Glass, even the romance.
> Oh, good, I'm not the only one!


>  And can I say.... it's so nice to hear from you all!  I like it when
>> we're a bit lively.
> I'll second that.  I need something to divert my mind at the moment!
> I recently found myself in the unusual (for me) situation of having a
> girlfriend.  On Monday just gone, she quite unexpectedly walked out of my
> life for good.  For the first time I can remember, I was so depressed that
> when I sat down at the piano I could not play myself into a more cheerful
> frame of mind, however briefly.  The experience is not unlike bereavement -
> I am still constantly catching myself on thoughts of "J---- would appreciate
> that" or "That's a good idea for when J---- and I ..."
> And I didn't even get her reading DWJ :-(
> Philip.
Right, DWJers, we are charged with diverting Philip and making him more
cheery. As a dumpee myself (although not all that recently, fortunately) I
appreciate the sentiment. So, what shall we chat about? Something amusing
and droll, I vote. Or perhaps musical, as music is Philip's thing. How about
music in the books of DWJ? Isn't there someone who is just a TERRIBLE
singer? I can't put my finger on it. What about Cart and Cwidder? The hymn
in The Magicians of Caprona?

This is what Diana told me about the inspiration for that when I interviewed
her in 1992. (Astonishing! Nearly 20 years ago!)

* Yes, I think that the whole origin of The Magicians of Caprona was really
rather significant that way, because this was one... it was my husband who
acquired a new record, and it was one that I'd only heard a little of before
and that was "Ma Vlast", was it Janaçek? It means "My Country", and he was
Czech. Anyway, it's a beautiful, beautiful suite, each movement is about
certain aspects of his country, and one is about... this is why I called the
river that, actually, in Caprona... is about the river Voltava. It's a
beautiful, beautiful piece of river music, and when the river swells and
becomes itself a river, and therefore itself, it has this wonderful tune,
and it's a tune, I thought, "My God, why has nobody put words to it?" This
was the origin, the need for words. That's how the book came about. *

Off we go, then! Cheerful, distracting chat. Your time begins—now!


Judith Ridge
Western Sydney Young People's Literature Officer

Arts and Cultural Development
Blacktown City Council
PO Box 63
(62 Flushcombe Road)
Blacktown NSW 2148

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