Three Great Coming of Age Novels Set in Western Australia

Three coming-of-age novels that introduce readers to West Australia are Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey, Boy on a Wire by Jon Doust and Breath by Tim Winton. The transition from childhood to adulthood has long been a popular subject tackled in the pages of literature throughout the world. Set against the backdrop of the harsh Western Australian ...

That Deadman Dance Wins More Awards

Courtesy of Pan Macmillan Congratulations go once again to West Australian author Kim Scott who was this week announced as the inaugural winner of the Victorian Prize for Literature. Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu presented Scott with the $100,000 prize earlier this week.  The award is the richest in Australian literature. Back in June, Scott received the Miles Franklin ...

That Deadman Dance by Kim Scott Wins 2011 Miles Franklin Award

Courtesy Pan Macmillan Congratulations to West Australian author Kim Scott who is this year’s recipient of the Miles Franklin Award which was announced in Melbourne last night. That Deadman Dance explores the early contact between the first European settlers and the Aboriginal Noongar people of the south west of WA.  It is set around the area that ...

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

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Those who treasure a beautiful love story will pick up this novel by Helen Simonson and never want it to end. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand has been called, amongst other things, a romance for wrinklies; but it so much more. It contains everything one could want in a novel: love; death; compassion and greed; an unlikely yet ...