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Morning Book Reading

Born at the Right Time, by Professor Ron McCallum AO

Reader: Rob Rawson
Commenced: Monday, 27 July 2020

Blind since birth, Ron McCallum regards himself as fortunate to have been born at a time when ever improving technology has enabled him to live a rich and full life, and to become Professor of Law at one of Australia’s most prestigious universities. When he was a child, Ron’s mother insisted on treating him as normally as possible. In this endearing memoir, Ron recounts his social awkwardness and physical mishaps, and shares his early fears that he might never manage to have a proper career, find love or become a parent. He has achieved all this and more. He is now Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Sydney, the first totally blind person to be appointed to a full professorship at any university in Australia.

Afternoon Book Reading

No Friend But the Mountains: Writings from Manus Prison, by Behrouz Boochani, translated by Tofighian Omid

Reader: Barry Leviney, for Vision Australia Radio
Commenced: Tuesday, 21 July 2020

No Friend But the Mountains is the award-winning autobiographical account by Kurdish-Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani. It tells the revealing story of his perilous journey to Christmas Island and subsequent incarceration in an Australian government immigration detention facility on Manus Island. Laboriously written by mobile phone text message, it is a riveting voice of witness for those trapped by Australia’s detention system, and a call for action to those outside it. In 2019 No Friend But the Mountains won the prestigious Victorian Prize for Literature, while on 23 July 2020 Boochani was granted refugee status by the New Zealand government.

Children’s Book

Caught in the Act (Orphan Train Adventures #2), by Joan Lowery Nixon

Reader: Dorothy Broom
Commenced: Friday, 24 July 2020

Eleven-year-old Michael Patrick Kelly from New York City is sent to a foster home, a Missouri farm with a sadistic owner, a bullying son, and a number of secrets, one of which may be murder.

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