10:05pm – Tuesday, August 2 on ABC1
Tuesday,2 August 2011 Welcome to the First Tuesday Book Club. Host Jennifer Byrne, and panellists Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger are back to explore the world of books; from prize-winners to blockbusters, hot off the presses new releases to much loved classics. The books for August are: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov is considered to be one of the best and most highly regarded novels to come out of Russia during the Soviet era. The book weaves together satire and realism, art and religion, history and contemporary social values. It features three story lines. The main story, taking place in Russia of the 1930s, concerns a visit by the devil, referred to as Professor Woland, and four of his assistants during Holy Week who use black magic to play tricks on those who cross their paths.
In Past The Shallows by Favel Parrett. Harry and Miles live with their father, an abalone fisherman, on the south-east coast of Tasmania. With their mum dead, they are left to look after themselves. When Miles isn’t helping out on the boat they explore the coast and Miles and his older brother, Joe, love to surf. Harry is afraid of the water. Every day their dad battles the unpredictable ocean to make a living. He is a hard man, a bitter drinker who harbours a devastating secret that is destroying him. Unlike Joe, Harry and Miles are too young to leave home and so are forced to live under the dark cloud of their father’s mood, trying to stay as invisible as possible whenever he is home. Harry, the youngest, is the most vulnerable and it seems he bears the brunt of his father’s anger.