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I can't believe that you can have given up reading fiction for a while! (It's not unhealthy, after all.) Amazing self-control!

It's odd but I've seen that book meme in a few blogs now from different countries. Interesting how things get round!


What have I missed in all those unread novels? I’ll never know, but at the rate of perhaps 20 - 30 a year, I have been able to substitute an equal number of books of other genres that I not only enjoy, but find informative and useful. My reading diet has been rich in biographies, journals, travelogues and texts on absolutely everything - from art and architecture, to language, philosophy and sociology. Scanning the book reviews in a number of different publications keeps me up to date with what is currently popular in fiction, but more importantly, alerts me to other works I know I will appreciate. Meanwhile I see my husband dutifully jump onto the bandwagon to read the latest lit. fad - most recently The Da Vinci Code - only to alight days later in surprised disappointment.
In another vein [hey there Coy Lurker!] as I grow older, I find myself becoming more and more choosy about the movies I go to see. By reading all the reviews, I can pick the eyes out of what is available and still hold my own in any group engaged in post-film discussion.

Richard Lawrence Cohen

I didn't realize that Hinterland referrred to a specific, named geographic region. I thought it just meant (vague wave of the hand) Out There.

I've got Robert Hughes' THE FATAL SHORE and, though he's a fine writer, I've never been able to read it. It's one of those books where I think, "I get the point and I don't have to read 600 pages about it." Maybe I'd do better with contemporary Australia.


I just got out my concise OED. Hinterland, is German, for a district behind a coast or river bank, or an area served by a port.

I guess that means that the majority of Australians are hinterlanders!


The term 'hinterland', with or without a capital H, is used extensively along the east coast of Australia, particularly in regions such as the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, and around cities like Woollongong and Cairns, to refer to the nearby settled areas just inland from the ocean, but excluding suburbia. I think its a delightful word, with connotations of rurality, and a leisurely relaxed lifestyle.

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