2016 Stella Prize Longlist Announced

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The Stella Prize, which celebrates the contribution to literature made by Australian women, has announced its 2016 Stella Prize longlist. The prize was awarded for the first time three years ago and has now become a highly anticipated and much-loved literary award. The prize is worth $50,000 and includes both fiction and nonfiction books. This year there ...

I have moved…

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I have recently combined my two sites slyonbooks and slyonwords. If you followed me on one of those sites and have now come to this new one, welcome, and thanks for checking me out. I hope to continue reviewing books and supporting authors between my editing commitments.

West Australian Premier’s Book Awards Announced

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West Australian Premier Colin Barnett has announced Richard Flanagan as the winner of the Premier’s Prize at the Premier’s Book Awards for his novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North. Mount Lawley-based novelist Yvette Walker received the Western Australian Emerging Writers Award for her first book,Letters to the End of Love. Mr Barnett said 11 of Australia’s ...

Heist by Robert Schofield

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I am not an avid crime reader but I am really pleased to see West Australian (WA) authors currently doing so well in this genre. I have just finished Heist by Perth-based crime writer Robert Schofield and really enjoyed escaping into the Goldfields in outback WA, where the story kicks off. I met Robert last year when Heist was launched ...

Lost & Found by Brooke Davis

Five ★★★★★ for this brilliant debut novel by West Australian author and bookseller Brooke Davis. This book has everything: unforgettable quirky characters, big issues, wise words and a cracking road-cum-train trip across the harsh Australian landscape. At the heart of Lost and Found is seven-year-old Millie Bird who realises everything around her is dying. She starts ...

Sweet One by Peter Docker launched in Broome

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Congrats to Broome-based author Peter Docker on the launch of his new book Sweet One on Wednesday 23 July. The book is published by Fremantle Press. Here is a taster: When a senior Aboriginal war veteran dies horribly at the hands of state government authorities, Izzy, a journalist and daughter of a war veteran herself, flies ...