The Big Issue : Edition 581
BOOKS THEBIGISSUE.ORG.AU 22 FEB–7 MAR 2019 37 The title of Graeme Simsion’s latest Rosie book should probably be called The Hudson Result, because the final book in the successful trilogy deals largely with the relationship between Don Tillman and his 11-year-old son, Hudson. After a spell in New York, the family is now back in inner-city Melbourne following Rosie’s new job, but the tween’s difficulty settling into school prompts the principal to suggest he be assessed for autism. Hudson’s particular personality traits remind Don of his own problems growing up, with The Rosie Result exploring the nuances of being on the autism spectrum for both father and child. Don also opens up a bar, to exploit the superior cocktail-making abilities readers will remember from the first two books in the series. Fans of those will be delighted to find out what happens to everyone’s favourite maladroit, and Simsion rounds it all up with his usual mix of dry social obser vances and humour. THUY ON THE ROSIE RESULT GRAEME SIMSION Growing up is tough for everyone. Growing Up Muslim in Australia features stories rife with concerns that most people will be able to relate to, like developing a sense of identity, trying to fit in, and rebelling against parental authority. But these authors have dealt with issues most readers may not have considered – from how to be 80s fashionable when wearing the hijab, to answering questions about the motivations of terrorists who have nothing to do with you. Pajalic and Divaroren have edited a beautiful anthology with contributions from a multiplicity of Australian Muslims, from a range of backgrounds, denominations and experiences. A common thread is the feeling of not being Australian enough and not being Muslim enough, something that may resonate with those from migrant backgrounds. This thoughtful, wide-ranging anthology helps shed light on some of the challenges faced by young Australian Muslims, as well as reminding the reader that, just as there isn’t one type of Christian or atheist, there is no one type of Muslim. SHARONA LIN Why would you want to hurt someone who has less power than you? Journalist Ginger Gorman asks this question in her new book, speaking with trolls, their victims, experts, academics and law enforcement professionals. A five-year project, Troll Hunting investigates what happens when cyberhate bleeds into real life. Gorman herself was trolled online, testament to her commitment to unearthing the truth. The book excels when it surprises, such as translating complex ideas into graceful insights. The ‘Notes in the Margins’ chapters show a different side to the mainstream media’s understanding, offering one-on-one interactions between Gorman and the trolls, with flashes of unanticipated humanity glistening beneath the surface. An admirable example of immersion journalism in the post-internet age, readers looking for nonfiction that doesn’t recoil in the face of discomfort will find much to learn from. Those who anticipated a lighter read may choose to log off earlier than anticipated. NATHANIA GILSON GROWING UP MUSLIM IN AUSTRALIA ED. AMRA PAJALIC, DEMET DIVAROREN THE OTHER DAY I discovered with some dismay that an Australian “socialite” had just published a picture book. It’s not new, this tendency for celebrities of all stripes to bring out a book. Remember the infamous, thinly veiled autobiography, Swan, by supermodel Naomi Campbell; the Budgie the Little Helicopter series produced by Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson, Duchess of York; the debut novel, List of the Lost, by singer Morrissey? Every year there are always plenty of Australian sports people who release a book to coincide with Christmas. My reaction, always, is to wonder why. I imagine they don’t need the money, but maybe feel their fame is fading and there’s nothing that can legitimise their star power as much as a book with their name emblazoned on it. Not all celebrities are terrible writers; some – like Magda Szubanski, Jimmy Barnes, Ethan Hawke and Tom Hanks – can actually wield a pen with some skill. With so many incredible books coming out every day, though, most notable persons (I’m looking at you James Franco, Hilary Duff, Sean Penn and David Duchovny) should really just stick to their day jobs. THUY ON > Books Editor TROLL HUNTING GINGER GORMAN JAMES FRANCO, WRITER.