I'm thrilled to pass on the news that The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld is this year's Stella Prize winner! If you need a reminder on why I love this novel so much, read my review here. The Bass Rock is published by Penguin Random House Australia.
The Stella Prize 2021 longlist has been announced! Which have you read and loved/hated/not been excited by? I've read four! I've highlighted them below and linked them to my reviews. I'm not a fan of A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing but loved the other three I've read. I'm just going to come out … Continue reading The 2021 Stella Prize Longlist
I don't usually report on all book awards but I do like to follow the ABIA - Australian Book Industry Awards. The 2021 longlist has just been announced today and I've read quite a number of the books listed, all of which I enjoyed except one. I'm going to do my usual here and just … Continue reading 2021 ABIA Longlist
Congratulations to Douglas Stuart for his debut novel Shuggie Bain, winner of the 2020 Booker Prize! Shuggie Bain Winner of the 2020 Booker Prize By Douglas Stuart 1981. Glasgow is dying and good families must grift to survive. Agnes Bain has always expected more from life. She dreams of greater things: a house with its … Continue reading The winner of the 2020 Booker Prize
The news that Julian Leatherdale has passed away has brought great sadness to the Australian historical fiction community. He was was well liked, generous with his time and expertise, and he wrote marvellous historical fiction. He will be missed and I thought I'd share this lovely tribute written by his publisher, in memory of a … Continue reading Vale Julian Leatherdale
The ABIA 2020 Longlist was released today. I thought I'd just do my usual replication of the list, so here it is: Very pleased to see Your Own Kind Of Girl by Clare Bowditch listed! Fingers crossed for The Dutch House here but I also liked Where The Crawdads Sing. Look at this bottom row! … Continue reading ABIA 2020 Longlist
Sonja Dechian is the winner of the 2019 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize. She receives $5,000 for her story ‘The Point-Blank Murder’. Dechian was announced as the winner of the Jolley Prize by award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke at a special ceremony at Readings Hawthorn on 11 September that featured readings from all three … Continue reading Jolley Prize 2019 (Winner): ‘The Point-Blank Murder’ by Sonja Dechian
I'm super thrilled to announce that Tracey Allen from Carpe Librum and I are teaming up for a buddy read! 👏 We'll be reading Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier in the first week of August to coincide with the original publication date back in August 1938. A modern classic and an international bestseller that has … Continue reading Announcement! Upcoming Buddy Read: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
I was pretty chuffed on Friday to see this Tweet: Book vlogger My Reading Days documents her progress so far with our bingo card. Crossing mediums like this, and also seeing other reviewers, who I don't even know, using the bingo card was rather thrilling. So much time goes into choosing categories each year, theming … Continue reading #BookBingo hits YouTube
We're at the half way mark through the year and I have completed the Book Lover Book Reviews #AussieAuthor19 reading challenge. To recap: The Aussie Author Challenge 2019 #AussieAuthor19 Chosen level: KANGAROO Read and review 12 titles written by Australian Authors of which at least 4 of those authors are female, at least 4 of … Continue reading #AussieAuthor19 – Challenge Completed!