This week I’ve been staying at home as per the NSW health orders and subsequently I’ve been doing a fair bit of reading. I’ve just finished Other People’s Houses
by Australian author Kelli Hawkins. My friend Catherine lent it to me and it was terrific. Full of twists and a real page turner. I loved the descriptions of houses in the Wahroonga/Pymble area (a wealthy part of Sydney) and found the main character very sympathetic, despite her self-destructive behaviours. Or maybe because of them!
When I was tootling around the web, I discovered there was another book with the same title by the legendary publisher Hilary McPhee
. She famously founded the publishing company McPhee Gribble in 1975. Her book is a memoir and looks interesting. I’ll let you know what it’s like if I get around to reading it.
It case you are wondering, it’s not possible to copyright book titles, mainly because they are too short. If a book becomes really famous (like Harry Potter) it can be treated as a brand and the title, cover, and all the IP (intellectual property) can be trademarked.