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12 Aug 2011

Kate Grenville reads from Sarah Thornhill

This powerful novel will enthrall readers of Kate Grenville's bestselling The Secret River, winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize.

Sarah Thornhill is available in September. Call or email to pe-order your copy.

8 Aug 2011

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Walker Books

In June Patrick Ness was awarded the Carnegie medal for his young adult novel Monsters of Men, the third book in his Chaos Walking series.  The two previous books - The Knife of Never Letting Go and The Ask and the Answer - were shortlisted for the prestigious award in 2009 and 2010.

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His latest novel is based on the ideas and illustrations of Siobhan Dowd, an author whose premature death prevented her from writing the story herself.  Ness never met Siobhan, even though they shared the same literary editor.  Even so, after Dowd's death from cancer, aged 47, in 2007 he was asked to take the idea she'd been developing for her fifth novel and write it himself.

The result is A Monster Calls, the story of 13-year-old Conor who is coming to terms with his own mother's battle against cancer.  "I would normally say 'no' to turning someone else's idea into a book," admits Ness. "But the idea was so strong and so vivid that I never felt like I was completely fabricating something she didn't want.

6 Aug 2011

The Age Book of the Year 2011

The shortlist for the 2011 The Age Book of the Year awards was announced today, populated with new names and old favourites published by a mix of independents and multinationals.  There are 3 prizes awarded for fiction, non-fiction and poetry.


Fiction - Lovesong by Alex Miller; Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey; The World Beneath by Cate Kennedy; Summertime by J M Coetzee; Come Inside by G L Osborne. 

Non-Fiction - The Lost Mother by Anne Summers; Listening To Country by Ros Moriarty; Ten Hail Marys by Kate Howarth; Flying With Paper Wings by Sandy Jeffs; Otherland by Maria Tumarkin.

Poetry - Taller When Prone by Les Murray; Authentic Local by Pam Brown; Wimmera by Homer Rieth; A Whistled Bit of Bop by Ken Bolton; Pirate Rain by Jennifer Maiden. 

The winners will be announced at the Melbourne Writers Festival (25 Aug - 04 Sept)

Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

Read Books In Print staff review by Sue.