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October 2017



This month we explore the realms of the alternative and the unusual, taking the winding road with #twistedread.

The exploration of twisted characters is a perennial favourite with classics like Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Me. Hyde”, Marcel Allain & Pierre Souvestre’s Fantômas series  or Brett Easton Ellis’ “American Psycho” raising reader’s hair, as well as the endless supply of true crime stories, like “Helter Skelter: the true story of the Manson Murders” or “Sins of the Brother: the definitive story of Ivan Milat and the backpacker murders”, proving that fact is more twisted than fiction.

With the publishing boom in cookery books you can easily find a twist on a favourite recipe. Nigella Lawson, Heston Blumenthal & Donna Hay are just a couple of perennial cookery favourites that stand out from the crowd. Toffee & bread experimentation to get those crazy flavour mixes and knotted loaves is perfect for #twistedread! For the drinkers, you could add some flair to an old favourite with a title like “Tequila Mockingbird: cocktails with a literary twist” by Tim Federle or get your alchemist on with “Experimental Homebrewing: mad science in the pursuit of great beer” by Drew Beechum & Denny Conn.

Twisted kids reads abound with obvious favourites Paul Jenning’s “Round the Twist” series, the entertaining work’s of Roald Dahl (very popular with adults as well!) and the amazing fractured fairytales of “Grim Tales”, which featured the late, great Rik Mayall reading the Brothers Grimm’s classic works.

For fitness fans #twistedread could be about yoga or dancing, abseiling or boat sailing (anything with ropes…). Hairdressing to get those “100 Awesome Hair Days”. Relive your Souting/Girl Guides days relearning a sheet bend or a sheepshank with “The Complete Book of Knots & Ropework”. Horticulture & landscaping to create a meandering hedge or secret garden nook down a mysterious, winding garden path. Electronics with circuit bending to create crazy sounds. Take it to the streets with some break dancing or street poetry, rapping and tongue twisting lyricism!

In the area of the sciences there is a wide selection for #twistedread with stories of DNA like “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot, intense weather like Hurricane Katrina with “Nine Lives: death & life in New Orleans” by Dan Baum and the mind bending works of the great mathematicians with “God Created the Integers” by Stephen Hawking.

There will be a twitter discussion on 31 October  starting at 11am and 8.00pm Australian Eastern Daylight Savings (Summer) Time.  6.00pm Singapore Standard Time, 12.00 noon Central European Summer Time, 9am – 11am BST.  Note this is a staggered discussion.

Use the tags  #twistedread and #rwpchat as you discuss the reading, watching playing that is your experience of  #twistedread, so others can join in the conversation too!

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