Life & Times of Michael K by JM Coetzee

This book was the choice of our book club friend (Grim Tim). Through him I have been introduced to The Road, Blood Meridian, Wool. You get the picture – dystopian or depressing. Coetzee’s story of Michael K set in South Africa during a civil war reminded me of McCarthy’s work – beautifully written and disturbingly ...

The Children’s Writer by Gary Crew

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Courtesy Forth Estate Famous Australian writer Gary Crew takes a tongue-in-cheek poke at his profession in his entertaining and ironic novel The Children's Writer. Crew is the award-winning author of a prolific number of children’s books and books for young adults - deeming him more than eligible to give us an insider’s look at the world of writing in all its guts and ...

Prime Cut Wins Ned Kelly Award

Courtesy of Fremantle Press Congratulations to Fremantle author Alan Carter who has won the 16th annual Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction with his debut novel Prime Cut. The awards, named for the famous Australian bushranger Ned Kelly, are Australia's leading literary awards for crime writing in two categories - crime fiction and true crime. The ...

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 ...