Thursday, July 1, 2010

All this and good taste in books too



That's the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature that Ms Gillard is placing on the Prime Ministerial office bookshelf.

When you put in three years of work on a book (and most of the editorial team worked on it for longer than that; I was a late starter), it's ever so gratifying to see it turn up in an image like this. Makes you wonder whether we shouldn't have produced a companion volume: a concordance for handy quotations, speechwriters, for the use of.

Although, given that one of the best-known quotations from classic Aust Lit is 'Unemployed at last!', maybe not.

11 comments:

Bernice said...

I had to look at that photo thre or four times before what puzzled me about was revealed.

I know its a photo op shot but Gillard is putting her books on a shelf - herself. Not her PA or deputy or faction leader of the NSW Right, but Gillard herself. Common touch? Womanly touch? OR just an unconscious moment of well the books have to go on a shelf and so...

Can't say I can recall previous PMs doing anything other than Prime Ministerial serious things in their office.

Kerryn Goldsworthy said...

Sad to tell, Bernice, I think it was probably for the cameras. The placement of the Doggies scarf and footy certainly was and I think it was all part of the same event.

Still, a nice touch as you say. She's a Libran, so I expect flowers. (Sorry, couldn't resist!)

Lucytartan said...

Oh my god! Awesome!

That's all.

Di said...

I can't see the Doggies scarf or the footy in this shot...but I like to think the placing of the books upon the shelf indicates the nesting habits we readers feel very much at home with. You know, like, here I am in my new space and now I have the great pleasure of putting out my books.

Kerryn Goldsworthy said...

Ms Tartan -- I know!!!!!

Ann ODyne said...

By their books shall ye know them
and
PRIME Ministerial Imprimatur!

Lucy Sussex said...

Thou art vindicated!

Kerryn Goldsworthy said...

Lucy, perhaps -- although I don't think any of us have felt in any particular need of vindication at any point. (Who were you thinking of in particular? I know everyone in Melba thinks of Craven, but honestly, nobody west of Ballarat or north of Shepparton much cares, especially these days.) It's always the case that a handful of squeaky wheels more interested in self-expression than in the actual project will get all the attention, and in the meantime the sales and reprints and prizes quietly stack up.

Fred said...

What a difference a day makes: a photo op shot of Julia decorating her office and a cartoon about Julia decorating her office.

Kerryn Goldsworthy said...

Fred: and your point is ...?

Do I need to explain the difference?

Hem said...

thanks