ARE you a fan of thrillers or romance? Do you dog-ear orbookmark? And what’s your favourite read of all?
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To celebrate the start of the Children’s Book Council’sNational Book Week tomorrow, weasked some of Ballarat’s best to tell us about the book they couldn’t put down.

Tess Ryan, The Known World Bookshop (pictured above)

My favourite books are The Chronicles of Narnia by C.SLewis, because my mum read them to me when I was little and I have lovedfantasy books ever since. The stories and characters are very interesting.

Sharon Knight, Ballarat West MP

I think I was 13 when I first read A Tree Grows in Brooklynby Betty Smith, leaving me with the feeling that no matter what time inhistory, or how different a culture may be, I could still relate to the girl,Francie.

It was the first time I realised that there are alwayspoints of commonality between people, if you look hard enough.

Cr Mark Harris, Mayor, City of Ballarat

My favourite book has to be the Seven Pillars of Wisdom byT. E. Lawrence. It speaks to someone maybe my age, about Lawrence in the desertas an insurgent fighter in WWI, and a man troubled by weakeness and insecuritywe probably still see in normal life.

Andrew Allen, Superintendent, Ballarat Police

I guess the most interesting books for me to read have been the early Underbelly series by Sylvester and Rule. These books came out after the gangland murders during 2003 – 2005 when I was in charge of the original Purana Task Force investigating the homicides.

The interesting part for me was seeing how they were written, as I had a fair bit more knowledge behind the words in the books – although the writers captured the essence of the murders.

Gordon Morrison, Director, Art Gallery of Ballarat

My favourite book will always be J R R Tolkien’s Lord of theRings trilogy, in which exists the most amazing “other world” that any author hasever created – a world that it is a pleasure to fall into every couple ofyears.

Catherine King, Ballarat MP

Asking me what my favourite book is like asking a parentwhich is their favourite child. I love reading and there are hundreds of booksin our house that I read over and over again.

If pushed, I would have to say March by Geraldine Brooks. Iloved reading Little Women when I was young and this book provides a differentperspective on that story and the Civil War in which it is set.

Judith Potter, Principal, Loreto College Ballarat

From my childhood, The Muddleheaded Wombat by Ruth Park.Wonderful memories of listening to the latest episode on the Children’s Hourand then reading “my own book”. The joy of childhood of being transported to adifferent world!

Andrew Eales, Editor, The Courier

My favourite book is Catcher in The Rye by J. D.Salinger. I read it as a teenager at the height of the Gen X years – thecentral character Holden Caulfield would have fitted in perfectly in thatera.

Tess Ryan, 13, says her favourite read is the Narnia series. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

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