A. "I was at this tournament in Oregon last autumn and it had been left back in the motel by my father. I tell you, not a single fish came near the hook that day. I wouldn't go anywhere without it now."
B. But it was mainly his mother who saw his potential and decided to buy Mattie his first rod for his ninth birthday. The rest, as they say, is history.
C. Oh, and he's the Western USA Under-16 Freshwater Angling Champion. Which, considering he's up against kids who have been fishing for some ten years while Mattie has had a rod in his hand for a mere three, is pretty impressive.
D. "I went to Florida for the national Under-13's. I won that with a barracuda and it was caught in about 3 feet of water. Everyone else was casting out to 20 foot. I just seem to have a knack for finding fish."
E. This explains the wise head he seems to have on his shoulders. Fishing runs wide and deep in the Jackson family, who live near the mountain resort of Mammoth in the north of the state of California. "So much of what I know about fishing has been given to me by my father, my brothers, my uncles and aunts. It's a team effort I like to say."
Level B 2
A round-up of the latest fiction and non-fiction from Beth Young. 1. Read an article containing reviews of recently-published books. A
Reading a new novelist is a bit like asking a stranger out on a date. You never quite know if this is the start of a beautiful relationship. You check the blurbs, the publicity photograph, and flick through the book to look for the two essentials: entertainment and substance. Beginner’s Greek by James Collins is certainly big on the latter, weighing in at 400-plus pages. And the quotes on the back cover have the effect of a bunch of friends saying to you, ‘Go on, you’ll get on brilliantly’. Early indications are that this blind date could lead to a deeper relationship. Beginner’s Greek is described by The New York Times as a “great big sunny lemon chiffon pie of a novel” about romantic love amongst the American middle classes. It is indeed delicious.
In Manil Suri’s second outing The Age of Shiva we have a broad-sweeping, epic novel with an unforgettable heroine so wilful yet flawed that it calls to mind that other famous leading lady, Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind. The story begins at a firework party in Delhi where Meera falls disastrously in love. We follow her journey to Bombay, marriage and obsessive motherhood, with occasional flashbacks to a childhood that was marred by political turmoil. Mathematics professor, Suri, captures the fluidity of the role of women with a beautiful kind of precision.
Devotees of playwright David Mamet, whose screen work includes Wag The Dog and the award-winning Glengarry Glen Ross may be less than enamoured of Ira Nadel’s new biography, David Mamet:A Life in the Theatre. It may seem churlish to question the minutia of incidents that abound in this comprehensive tome, but whilst Nadel is clearly striving for accuracy one feels there ought to have been more sifting, more mining for the gold amongst the biographical trivia. In addition, Nadel’s tone is somewhat dry and academic and seems at odds with the brilliance of David Mamet’s own writing. That said, the book offers a sound introduction to the life and career of the man hailed as one of America’s most outstanding writers.
Can any Mother help me? is the true story of a desperately lonely mother who, in 1935, appealed to other women through the letters page of a women’s magazine. Writing under a pseudonym, the woman known as Ubique (meaning ‘everywhere’) little realised that she would be the trigger for the launch of a new and private magazine that would last for the next fifty years. The Cooperative Correspondence Club was formed to offer comfort and support to wives, often well-educated women, who craved stimulation beyond the drudgery of family life. Jenna Bailey has done a superb job of organising and editing this compendium, adding her own insightful commentary.
Subtitled, TheLife and Times of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, Jessie Child’s debut historical biography, Henry VIII's Last Victim, was the worthy winner of last year’s Elizabeth Longford Prize. Henry Howard’s victim status is owing to the fact that he was the final person to be executed by King Henry VIII, a mere nine days before the king himself expired. Although killed ostensibly for treason, the Earl of Surrey’s only real crime it seems was leading an unsuccessful army campaign in France. Only 29, he was also a distinguished poet with a fine literary voice, a persona which refutes his reputation as the spoilt son of the Duke of Norfolk.
This is the 25th outing for T. Keneally but he’s lost none of his writing powers. The Widow and Her Hero takes real life events during the Second World War as its inspiration and builds a tale of love and intrigue. Grace looks back on her life to recall her courtship with the hero of the title, the handsome Captain Leo Waterhouse. Leo is tragically killed whilst on a secret mission but it is many years before Grace discovers the facts about his death. Keneally made fans galore when Schindler’s Ark was published and later made into the award-winning Steven Spielberg film, Schindler’s List. The Widow and Her Hero will bring him even more fans.
2. Choose from reviews (A – F). Write the letter next to each extract on the right. The reviews may be chosen more than once.
In which review are the following mentioned?
1. A story in which someone is unaware of the impact of their action.
2. A description of the opening scene.
3. An author who exemplifies source material with their own analysis.
4. A humorous comparison with a real-life situation.
5. A character who finds out the truth about a situation.
6. A hint that the author’s future writing career will be positive.
7. A book that would be appreciated by people without much previous knowledge of the subject.
8. A book which has already won critical acclaim.
9. A book which includes too much factual detail.
10. A book which is a collection of
contributions from other people.
11. The title of a book that was changed.
12. A mention of the profession of the author.
13. A book that describes someone who was treated unfairly.
14. A comparison between the main character and another, well-known one.
15. The style of writing failing to match the subject matter.
JESUS AND THE AUBERGINES 1. Read the story by Sarah Salway.
My husband spent August wondering whether he wanted to leave me or not. I didn't seem to be involved in the decision, so I filled the time by going on a diet of raw vegetables. I followed the instructions exactly from a book I bought purely on the strength of the photograph on the front cover. It was of a model with long blonde hair, bright eyes and the sort of smile you thought could only belong to rich American children. I knew that wasn't true, because my husband had fallen in love with a girl with perfect white teeth and she came from Nottingham.
I loved that book. At a time when everything was falling down around me, it gave me rules to help me through my life. I even had a task to do each day, with a little box to tick when I had finished. I don't think I've ever been so satisfied as when I was ticking those boxes. The book was just one of many things I lost when my husband finally left, but I can still remember the instructions.
"Place yourself directly in front of a market trader's stall and put your arms out in front of you at shoulder level. Then walk slowly towards the produce until your hands are an inch away from touching. Stand still for several minutes and you will be able to feel the vibrations of goodness moving directly from the vegetables to your own body." I think it does you good to realise there are people so innocent that they think you can still do something like that in public and get away with it.
About six months later, I was at the supermarket. I prefer to go late in the evening so I can miss all those young mothers doing family shops. They look at my simple purchases with so much pity. I had just reached the vegetables when I was struck by a vision of a Jesus figure, arms raised, blessing the aubergines.
A gurgle rose up from me and I was away. I tried everything but I could not stop laughing. It was loud too, not the sort of watery chuckle you can get away with. My body was rocking so hard I had to hold on tight to the trolley with both hands and there were tears rolling down my cheeks. All I could think about were those bloody aubergines.
I could see him coming towards me from the other side of the carrots. He looked almost frightened in his blue suit and little white badge. "Colin. Assistant Manager. Here to Help." I was trying to concentrate on these small details in my effort to stop laughing.
"Is everything all right?" he said and I noticed he was trying to smile in a relaxed, confident way but because he was so nervous, his mouth kept twitching. I felt sorry for him. After all, he was probably only about twenty; just a couple of years older than my Calum. My pity must have done the trick because I could feel the laughter simmer down inside.
He looked relieved. "OK," he said, looking around at the crowd which had gathered. "Everything's under control." And everything would have been fine, if he hadn't then lifted up his arms in a gesture that was supposed to be a gentle reminder for people to disperse but was positioned directly above the aubergines. I started to laugh again, even harder this time although my stomach was aching and I had got a stitch. I put both hands on my waist to support myself. If only he could have seen what he looked like.
Colin held on to my elbow and tried to steer me away from the vegetables but I couldn't move. I felt so drained that even to me, my laughter sounded as if I was reading it out of a comic book: "Ho, ho, ho. Ha, ha, ha." I was aware of Colin looking around desperately for someone to help him.
"Shall I get you a nice cup of tea?" he asked, in the sort of voice you hope might soothe a child in mid-tantrum.
I nodded. It might have been a cliche but, to tell the truth, a nice cup of tea was precisely what I could do with at that moment.
We walked together to the supermarket cafe; his arm still on my elbow as if he was scared I was going to run away. I could feel his hand was wet and clammy and for the first time, I felt ashamed at putting him through this. At least I had stopped laughing. I was exhausted, collapsing into the seat Colin held out for me and gulping at my tea.
"Do you have anyone we could call?" He was still looking scared and I didn't blame him. I wasn't exactly the picture of reasonableness. I thought about my children and then rejected each one in turn. Calum would be out with his university friends and Debbie was staying over at her friend Christine's. She spent all her time there nowadays. I called it the hippy, happy house once because of all the windchimes and burning candles Christine's mother has around, but Debbie didn't laugh.
"What about your husband?" Colin was still prodding, anxious to get rid of me onto someone else.
"My ex-husband is probably out on the town, somewhere," I said, "pretending to be twenty years younger than he is." The bitterness was so habitual I was surprised to see Colin flinch. "Don't mind me," I tried to reassure him. "I'm just an old mad woman who goes wild in the veggie department."
"What was so funny?" He was smiling at me now. It was as if it took me mocking my own sanity to reassure him I was all right.
I thought about telling him about the book and about Jesus and the vibrating vegetables, but I knew he wouldn't understand. "Just a joke someone told me about aubergines," I said. I was trying to look as if this explained everything, but I needn't have bothered. I could tell he was thinking about something else.
"My mum and dad are divorced," he said. "They split up when I was seventeen."
"Divorce is hard for everybody," I said quickly. I was still feeling too sorry for myself to be interested in anyone else's pain.
"Dad ran off with someone younger," he was stirring his coffee round and round, gazing into the circles he'd made on the black liquid surface. "Someone my age."
"All men are fools." I said it automatically. I wanted to leave now, get back home. I'd do my shopping at another supermarket the next day.
"Not just someone my age. Someone I knew. Someone I'd been to school with."
"Was she your girlfriend?" He'd caught my attention now. I think I'd have killed my husband if he'd run off with one of Calum's girlfriends.
He shook his head. "She wouldn't even look at me," he said. "Latched on to my dad though. She knew which side her bread was buttered on."
2. Choose the correct answer.
1. Why did the narrator buy the book about vegetables?
a. She wanted to improve her diet.
b. To understand why her husband was leaving her.
c. To give her life order.
d. There was something she liked about the book when she first saw it.
2. What did the narrator particularly like about using the vegetable book?
a. It got her to do things in public she normally wouldn't have done.
b. She learned a lot about vegetarian eating.
c. It gave good advice about what to buy in supermarkets.
d. It contrasted well with the chaos in her personal life.
3. Why did the narrator first stop laughing in the supermarket?
a. Because the assistant manager arrived on the scene.
b. She could see the assistant manager was in a difficult situation.
c. She realised she wasn't happy but actually very sad about her marriage.
d. She felt embarrassed about laughing in front of everyone in public.
4. How is the assistant manager feeling when they arrive in the cafe?
a. Relieved that the scene is over.
b. Happy not to be working.
c. Nervous about this woman who had acted so strangely.
d. Sad about his own family problems.
5. What is the first thing Colin, the assistant manager, discovers about the narrator's husband?
a. That he is causing problems in their marriage.
b. That he looks young for his age.
c. That he is much younger than the narrator.
d. That he isn't available to come and collect the narrator.
6. Why was Colin upset?
a. His father had left with Colin's girlfriend.
b. Colin's own parents' marriage had failed.
c. He was desperate to leave the narrator in the cafe.
d. He didn't agree with what the narrator had said about men.
BABY-BEARING GRANDMOTHERS 1. Read the text about an Italian doctor. Nine sentences have been removed from the article.
Severino Antinori is an Italian obstetrician. Dr Antinori’s claim to fame is not that he is simply one of the many doctors who provide artificial fertilisation, but that he provides such artificial fertilisation for women who are long past normal child-bearing age. For example, in 1992, a 61-year-old widow from Palermo, Sicily, had a baby. Dr Antinori had planted in her an egg fertilised with her husband’s sperm.
After 32 years of childless marriage, another Sicilian housewife, Giuseppina Maganuca, had a baby planted by Antinori at the age of 53. She said: “My baby is an angel, and the doctor is a saint... “Another woman, Anita Blokziel, aged 56, a former circus acrobat from Amsterdam, gave birth to a baby girl. Of Antinori, she says: “The doctor has made me the happiest of women.
The good doctor hit the headlines in Britain after it got into the newspapers that, as a result of his efforts, an unnamed Englishwoman of 55 was expecting twins in December. The news was greeted with scorn and derision in the newspapers, so much so that Dr Antinori has been consulting a London-based libel lawyer.
9. __________________________________________________________________ 2. Choose the most suitable sentence from the list A – J for each part (1 – 9) of the article. There is one extra sentence which you do not need to use.
A. Nobody has that information.
B. It looks as if the granny-mummy, or, as the Italians call them, le mamme-nonne, is going to be in the headlines for a few months to come.
C. The whole process should be treated with the contempt it deserves.
D. In its opinion, he is far more likely to be going to hell than heaven.
E. After taxes and overheads, Dr Antinori’s clinic makes $600,000 a year clear profit.
F. This technique has been combined with a hormone treatment which rejuvenates the baby-carrying parts of older women.
G. He has given me a miracle.
H. The Catholic press considers that he is creating “prefabricated orphans” in that the parents will die before their children have grown up or even left school.
I. According to Dr Antinori, he had been contacted by a representative of CNN chairman Ted Turner, who wanted to know if the saintly doctor would treat his wife, the 55-year-old Jane Fonda.
J. Her husband had died in 1985, but his sperm had been frozen before his death.
UNIT 3 PEOPLE AND THEIR PERSONALITIES
Level A 2 TASTES DIFFER 1. Read information about these people. Sarah is a keen walker. She lives in an area which is very flat and when she goes on holiday she likes to walk in the hills. She is looking for new places to go.
Jane is keen on music. She likes reading about the personal life of famous people to find out what they are really like.
Peter is going to France next week on business and has a free weekend which he plans to spend in Paris. He would like to find out what is happening there for fun and entertainment.
Paul likes visiting other countries. He is also interested in history and likes reading about famous explorers from the past.
Mary likes clothes but hasn't got much money so she is looking for ways of dressing smartly without spending too much.
2. Below are some articles from 8 different magazines. Choose one magazine for each person that best matches their interests. Choose "None" if there isn't a match.
1. MARIA MARIA
She conquered the world of opera with the most extraordinary voice of the century – and died miserable and alone. Michael Tonner looks at Maria Callas, the woman behind the opera singer.
BUSINESS IN PARIS
John Felbrick goes to Paris to see what facilities it offers for business people planning meetings.
2. DON’T GO into the hills unprepared. If you're a hill walker, we have advice for you on what to take and what to do if something goes wrong.
WE SHOW pictures of Linda Evangelista, the supermodel from Toronto, wearing next season's clothes for the woman with unlimited money.
3. HERE AND THERE
Our guide to what is happening in London, and this month we'll also tell you what's on in Paris, Rome, and Madrid.
Last year Jane Merton joined a trip across Africa, exploring the most cut-of parts of the continent. Read what she has to say.
This is the season for street festivals. We've travelled to three of the big ones in South America and bring you pictures and information.
HOW I GOT THERE
Georgina Fay tells us how she became a famous clothes designer overnight.
5. READ about NEIL ASHDOWN's recent walk along one of Britain's oldest paths. It passes through some of the most beautiful hill country.
ENTER our competition and win a week for two in THAILAND.
6. IN THE FREEZER
We talk to the two men who have just completed a walk across the Antartic.
TIGHTEN THAT BELT
Well-known fashion designer, Virginia McBride, who now lives in Paris, tells us how to make our old clothes look fashionable.
7. WAKE UP THE CHILDREN
Penelope Fine's well-known children's stories are going to be on Sunday morning Children's TV. We have a wonderful talk with this famous author.
It may not look like promising walking country – it hardly rises above sea level, but we can show you some amazing walks.
8. MY INTERVIEW WITH PAVAROTTI
David Beech recollects the famous singer’s tour to the Far East.
Julian Smith talks to the granddaughter of one of the men who reached the North Pole for the first time in 1909. She tells us about his interesting life.