Helen Garner Wins US$150,000 Prize for Literature

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Congratulations to Australian author Helen Garner who has won a US $150,000 Windham-Campbell Prize for her outstanding contribution to world literature. The nine award winners were announced in a ceremony at Yale University, USA earlier this week, and covered fiction, nonfiction and drama. In awarding the prize the judges said: “Helen Garner brings acute observations and ...

5 Ways to Carry a Goat by Ben Groundwater

Courtesy UQP 5 Ways to Carry a Goat by Australian travel writer Ben Groundwater is a blogger’s world tour of 14 countries solely through the kindness of strangers. Groundwater writes Fairfax Media’s popular travel blog The Backpacker and has thousands of readers scattered around the globe, all of them faceless. The premise for this book came from the idea ...

Flavours of Melbourne, written and edited by Jonette George, designed by Daniele Wilton

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Subtitled Favourite restaurants & bars in Melbourne’s laneways & rooftops, Jonette George and Daniele Wilton’s latest celebration of all things food in Australia is a worthy recipient of its recent bronze medal at the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) in New York. Flavours of Melbourne is a stunning coffee table book that is also filled ...

Produce to platter: the food & wine lover’s guide to the Mornington Peninsula by Jonette George and Daniele Wilton

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The Mornington Peninsula is a region close to Melbourne that has built an enviable reputation as a food and wine lovers’ paradise. Produce to platter: the food & wine lover’s guide to the Mornington Peninsula by mother and daughter publishing team Jonette George and Daniele Wilton is a wonderful tribute to the people of the area. ...

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

What a hoot this British classic is! First published in 1932, I can’t believe it has taken me so long to discover. If you love things like the “Vicar of Dibley” then you will love this novel. First published in 1932, Cold Comfort Farm is a tongue-in-cheek portrayal of a city girl’s visit to her quirky ...