books MOVIE 15 AN OPEN SECRET LEADING AT TOP OF HER GAME LADY As the world marked the 75th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s defeat this month, author released her new murder mystery – based on the story of her father’s own time in the ranks of Hitler’s army. She reveals the inspiration behind the fear of being bombed and the knowledge that at 18 he would be drafted and sent to war himself, as an ex-soldier who’d fought for the Nazis in World War II and spent time in a POW camp. I didn’t even think he had an accent. I saw him as he was in my present – a quiet, peace-loving man who loved to read and took us camping on school holidays. I knew the facts, of course. But unless something prompted me to think about it, the facts were irrelevant. The development of the character of Karl was a gradual thing, taking shape as I learned more about post-war immigration to Australia. Like Karl, my dad also moved away from Germany – to America in the 1950s. What would it have been like for him? A German moving to one of the Allied countries, not long after the war had ended. And so was born the character of Karl, a young German caught up in a terrible period of history. Sonya Bates InheritanceofSecrets. S OMEONE recently asked me: do we ever really know our parents or our grandparents? It’s a good question and one that the main character, Juliet, grapples with in It also lies at the heart of the inspiration for the novel. As children, we view our parents from the self-centred perspective of the young; as the source of love, food, shelter and safety; as supervisors and disciplinarians; as a source of comfort and companionship; as someone who picks us up when we fall and rejoices in our accomplishments. That’s how I viewed my dad. I didn’t think of him as German, as someone who had grown up with the Hitler Youth, lived his teen years with DOWNTONABBEY’S Distressed: In MICHELLE DOCKERY HAS BEEN CAREFUL NOT TO BECOME STEREOTYPED AS AN ARISTOCRAT, WRITES Defending Jacob, Michelle Dockery plays a devoted mother grappling with the reality her son may be a killer. Inheritance of Secrets. MICHELE MANELIS T HERE’S a pivotal scene in Apple TV+ thriller in which Michelle Dockery and Chris Evans – the parents of a young boy accused of murdering his classmate – are ambushed by a scrum of news cameras and paparazzi. For Dockery, of course, it is an all-too-familiar experience earning this kind of jarring attention since landing her breakout role as Lady Mary Crawley in the hit series Defending Jacob InheritanceofSecrets, published by HarperCollins Australia KIDS 1. NON-FICTION 1. FICTION 1. Bluey: The Creek, Phosphorescence, Where the Crawdads Sing, Penguin, $14.99 Julia Baird, Harper Collins, $32.99 Delia Owens, Hachette, $22.99 2. Bluey: Big Backyard, 2. A Bigger Picture, Penguin, Downton Abbey. 2. Camino Wind, $5.99 Malcolm Turnbull, Hardie Grant, $55.00 John Grisham, Hachette, $32.99 “Yes, it felt very much like an overnight thing,” the British leading lady says of her rise, more than a decade ago now. “It was by the second episode that aired in the UK and suddenly we were on the covers of newspapers. I just couldn’t get my head around it, it was overwhelming. Certainly, I had to get used to it. It was an adjustment, absolutely.” Since the 2015 finale of the beloved series, and with the exception of last year’s hit film, Dockery upended the upper- crust trajectory of her career, starring as a drug-addicted con artist in and as a ranch owner in New Mexico’s Wild West in All traces of Lady Mary were further obliterated when she starred alongside Matthew McConaughey in Guy Ritchie’s 2019 film as the wife of a drug baron, in which she got to use her natural Essex accent. “After those, I think any worries [of being stereotyped] were quickly dispelled,” she says. “Thankfully there are creative casting directors out there with a big imagination, but I think if I was to be put into a 1920s drama it would be as if it was Lady Mary but in another house, if you know what I mean.” 3. The Bad Guys Episode 11: Dawn of the Underlord, 3. The Barefoot Investor, 3. The Wedding Dress, Aaron Blabey, Scholastic, $14.99 Scott Pape, John Wiley & Sons, $29.95 Danielle Steel, Macmillan, $29.99 4. 4. 4. Bluey: Time to Play!, Slime, Becoming, Normal People, Michelle Obama, Viking, $49.99 Penguin, $5.99 David Walliams, HarperCollins, $19.99 Sally Rooney, Faber & Faber, $19.99 5. unusually restrictive circumstances we all find ourselves in. “We’re doing fine, thank you,” she nods, referencing her boyfriend, music manager Jasper WallerBridge, 31, the younger brother of Phoebe Waller-Bridge. The couple has been together for several months, making this the first relationship for Dockery since her fiance, John Dineen, died of cancer in 2015. She has never been one for opening up about her personal life, though she is happy to share some lockdown lowdown. “I’m reading a lot, cooking way more than I ever usually do, so I’m enjoying that,” she says. On top of her binge list is a TV classic, “This is the third time I’ve done that and [it] is still, to this day, my favourite show. It’s definitely one of the best TV shows of all time.” Now, in she pivots once more – this time as a devoted mother, grappling with the reality her son may be a killer. “This journey for me, playing Laurie, has been such a rollercoaster,” she says. “Laurie has doubts about her son and then also about her husband, and I found her struggle with guilt interesting, that she thinks about the possibility that her son really did commit that crime and if there was anything she could have done as a mother to avoid it.” The 38-year- old is chatting via Zoom from her London home on her fourth week of self-isolation. She’s make-up free, looks casually elegant in a black shirt and jeans, and appears to be sitting in her living room. “Yes, I have a very comfy sofa, where I am now and where I’ve been spending much more time than usual,” she says. 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Source: Nielsen BookScan Trent Dalton, HarperCollins, $19.99 10. Ottolenghi Simple, Yotam Ottolenghi, Ebury Press, $49.99 The Sopranos. Our Book of the Month is Jeffery Deaver’s It’s yours as a Sunday Book Club reader for 30 per cent off with the code GOODBYE at Booktopia. And do visit the SBC Facebook group to discuss Sonya’s secret, Jeffery’s tips on writing a hit thriller and more. The Goodbye Man. DEFENDING JACOB STREAMING, APPLE TV+ 15 Sunday, May 24, 2020 V1 - MHSE01Z01TV PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY PRESSREADER PressReader.com +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW
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