What I’m reading: A book recommended by my daughter who actually works in a bookshop as her student job. It’s called The Eighth Life by Nino Haratischvili. It’s almost a thousand pages long, so it’s a big, thick book and I wouldn’t have bought that if I’d seen it in a bookshop. I’d think, “Oh my god, that looks so overwhelming.” But once you start it, you can’t put it down. It’s a story over many generations based in Georgia but it begins with pre-Soviet Union days and goes through the Soviet period and the collapse. It takes you on this journey through history through the eyes of one family.
What made me laugh recently: The Trump rally [last month in Tulsa]. He was claiming that a million people had registered wanting to go, when in fact it was the TikTok teens who had tricked him and his organisers into thinking that there were a million people who wanted to go. Just the very fact that only 6200 people turned up at a venue that could take close to 20,000, it made him look so ridiculous and it was very laughable, I felt.
Trump has hardly excelled himself during this whole shocking period. I was a foreign correspondent for the ABC in America in the ’90s and have very fond memories of the place but there’s no way in the world I’d want to be living there now. It’s just appalling the way the crisis has been handled over there. We still have a lot of friends living there who are tearing their hair out.
I’m most looking forward to: Just being able to have a beer in a pub with your mates or girlfriends. But I think all of that’s a long way off, isn’t it? With the distancing, pubs aren’t going to be the same as they were for quite a long time. But that’s what I’m looking forward to, Friday night rounding up your mates and meeting for a drink.
Heather Ewart hosts Back Roads on ABC and iview.