Jasper Jones Still Up for Awards

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Courtesy of Allen & Unwin Western Australian Craig Silvey was shortlisted for an Irish literary award yesterday with his coming-of-age novel Jasper Jones. He joins fellow Australians David Malouf and Evie Wyld with seven other authors, shortlisted from 162 nominated works from 126 cities worldwide. The International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award is worth €100,000 (almost AUD $140,000) and ...

Life in Seven Mistakes: A Novel by Susan Johnson

Families can be dysfunctional and messy, especially when it comes to spending the holiday season together. Life in Seven Mistakes by Susan Johnson is a satirical look at what happens to three generations of the Barton family when they get together over a ten-day period to celebrate Christmas and the golden wedding anniversary of ...

West Australian Illustrator Shaun Tan Wins Major International Literary Award

 Courtesy anna_t@flickr.com   Can the year possibly get any better for Shaun Tan? First an Oscar in late February and now this week he has won one of the world’s most prestigious children’s literary awards – the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. The award is named after Sweden’s much-loved author and creator of the Pippy Longstocking character ...

Miles Franklin 2011 Longlist Announced

Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin The Miles Franklin Literary Award longlist for 2011 was announced on 17 March with the shortlist to follow on 19 April. While not the most lucrative of the Australian literary awards ($50,000), the prize is regarded as one of the most prestigious.  It was established in 1957 with the initial winner ...

PERFECT PASSAGE OF PROSE…from a book I have read

Courtesy of Penguin The Boat by Nam Le, page 279 But the mention of land – coming even from her own mouth – cancelled out any joke for Mai.  She had been trying not to think about it.  From every quarter everyone now discussed, obsessively, their situation: they were on a broken-down junk, stranded in the Eastern ...

Elizabeth Costello by JM Coetzee

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South African born Australian citizen JM Coetzee is a Nobel Laureate and a multi-award winning author who is well loved in Australia. I have read some of his fiction before so was looking forward to Elizabeth Costello, the story of a distinguished Australian writer who travels the world delivering a series of lectures. Unfortunately for the first ...

PERFECT PASSAGE OF PROSE… from a book I have read

Courtesy of Allen & Unwin Lovesong by Alex Miller, page 59 The change had slipped over the happy simplicity of their lives like the change of a season, the moment when you turn and quietly close a door and retreat a little into yourself. She had watched Sabiha falling in love and not knowing she was falling ...

PERFECT PASSAGE OF PROSE… from a book I have read

Courtesy of Fremantle Press Boy on a Wire by Jon Doust, page 107 The door opens and Dorothy Price walks in. I haven’t seen her since primary school when she was one of the flat chests, one of the unchosen, ignored by Harris, the sleazy teacher of Grade Seven.  Fat Arty looks up.  I look up. Dorothy ...