It's that time of year again when the book world goes crazy with longlists, shortlists and highly commended's! No matter what you think about the various awards, their merits & selection criteria's, it's very difficult not to get caught up in the buzz.In Australia, the Indie Book Award has come and gone... and the Stella longlist has … Continue reading And the Winner Is….
It's Monday! has been in repeat mode for the past few week as I've slowly, sadly read Vera Brittain's memoir of her WW1 experiences in The Testament of Youth.But this week will see it draw to a close. It has been such an emotional read and so consuming that I'm struggling to see what book … Continue reading It’s Monday
The 2015 Stella Longlist has just been announced. Click on the link to see who the judges are and their comments to date.I've read (& enjoyed) three of the titles so far, with another three on my TBR pile.Links will take you to my reviews.The Stella tab along the top will take you to my … Continue reading Stella Longlist 2015
Winner of the 2014 Stella Prize, Wright's non-fiction reworking of the famous Eureka story, was a pleasant surprise.It clearly announced that this new award, celebrating Australian women writers, was not going to be pigeon-holed by expectation or genre.The size of The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka initially put me off, but inside was an immensely readable … Continue reading The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka by Clare Wright
Every year for the past 5 years I have missed the start date for the Dewey 24 Hour readathon!Even though I follow them on fb, twitter & insta...I still miss it...and I almost missed it again this year.Thanks to my mini reading & blogging slump of late, I haven't been as active as I usually … Continue reading Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon
This is the week of the Sydney Writers' Festival.Realistically though, the whole month of May can be taken up with major book events.For anyone in Sydney or in the book trade this can be a big deal.I'm in both!Last week I had my book sellers cap on and attended two invitation only events.One was hosted … Continue reading Longlists and Shortlists Take 2
I've been going through a phase of reading sad, bittersweet books these past few weeks...and I feel like I've been through the wringer!Boy, Lost is no different.Based on the true story of what happened to Olsson's family in the 1950's in Queensland, Australia, this memoir is retold with grace, understanding and a deep, overarching love … Continue reading Boy, Lost: A Family Memoir by Kristina Olsson
It's that time of year again when our favourite books are categorised, judged and pitted against each other for first place.In Australia we have...The Stella Longlist• Letter to George Clooney - Debra Adelaide • Moving Among Strangers - Gabrielle Carey• Burial Rites - Hannah Kent *• Night Games - Anna Krien *• Mullumbimby - Melissa … Continue reading Longlists and Shortlists.
November is AusReading Month.A month long love-in for all things Aussie, true-blue and fair dinkum!In the lead up to November I am posting oodles of info about local literary prizes, top 50 Australian reading lists and random Australiana facts.You can join in the by linking to the master post above or on twitter & instagram using … Continue reading More Australian Book Awards