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Looking for something fresh and delicious for dinner tonight? Then check out Indira Naidoo's Pesto recipe
over at Who Does The Dishes
With beautiful photography, recipes and personal stories, Who Does the Dishes is a wonderful celebration of the many culinary styles throughout modern Australia.
You'll also find more wonderful recipes in Indira's book 'The Edible Balcony
Come and buy a books from our special Guest booksellers Jennifer Byrne, Richard Glover & Susan Wyndham this Sunday at Oscar & Friends, as part of the Double Bay Street Festival!
Eleanor Catton wins for the wonderful The Luminaries!
The youngest Man Booker winner in the prize's history (she is 28 but completed The Luminaries aged 27) has triumphed with the longest ever Man Booker winning novel (832 pages). Catton is just the second New Zealander to win the prize, the first being Keri Hulme with The Bone People in 1985. A more important statistic is that earlier in the year there were an extraordinary 151 novelists submitted for the prize and from this rich field of literary wheat hers is the one head that remains standing, waving in the warm breeze of the judges' favour. Life for Eleanor Catton will never be the same again.
In a year that has delivered thematic variety in both the longlist and the shortlist, that has encompassed first time novelists and old hands, that has highlighted writers from around the globe (Zimbabwe, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Anglo-America, England), the judges picked Catton's audacious take on an old form, the Victorian “sensation novel”. She has channelled Wilkie Collins and Herman Melville and come up with something quite new. The Luminaries, set in 1866 during the New Zealand gold rush, contains a group of 12 men gathered for a meeting in a hotel and a traveller who stumbles into their midst; the story involves a missing rich man, a dead hermit, a huge sum in gold, and a beaten-up whore. There are sex and seances, opium and lawsuits in the mystery too. The multiple voices take turns to tell their own stories and gradually what happened in the small town of Hokitika on New Zealand's South Island is revealed.
The chair of judges Robert Macfarlane described the book as a “dazzling work, luminous, vast”. It is, he said, “a book you sometimes feel lost in, fearing it to be 'a big baggy monster', but it turns out to be as tightly structured as an orrery”. Each of its 12 chapters halves in length which gives the narrative a sense of acceleration. It is not, however, an extended exercise in literary form. Macfarlane and his fellow judges were impressed by Catton's technique but it was her “extraordinarily gripping” narrative that enthralled them. “We read it three times and each time we dug into it the yields were extraordinary, its dividends astronomical.” The Luminaries is, said Macfarlane, a novel with heart. “The characters are in New Zealand to make and to gain – the one thing that disrupts them is love.” Will readers be put off by the book's bulk? “No”, was Macfarlane's emphatic response. “Length never poses a problem if it's a great novel. The Luminaries is a novel you pan, as if for gold, and the returns are huge.” Although he did also point out that “those of us who didn't read it on e-readers got a full-body workout from the experience”.
What impressed the judges almost as much as the book itself was that it could have been the work of someone so young. Catton was just 25 when she started work on it yet, said Macfarlane, “Maturity is evident in every sentence, in the rhythms and balances. It is a novel of astonishing control.” It will be fascinating to see what she writes next but whatever it is may have to be put on hold: Catton is now sitting at world literature's top table and everyone will want a piece of her. Writing time will be at a premium and in this globalised world there is no hiding place, no Hokitika for her. The judges meanwhile can take a well-earned rest.
In the end Macfarlane neatly summed up the book and Catton's achievement: “awesome”, he said, “or should that be oresome?”
The Man Booker Prize promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year. The prize is the world's most important literary award and has the power to transform the fortunes of authors and publishers.
Oscar & Friends Booksellers will be open all long weekend!
Opening hours are:
Oscar & Friends Double Bay:
Saturday 5th: 9am - 6pm
Sunday 6th: 10am - 4pm
Monday 7th: 10am - 4pm
Oscar & Friends Surry Hills:
Saturday 5th: 10am - 9pm
Sunday 6th: 10am - 7pm
Monday 7th: 12pm - 7pm
LUCKY PEACH is a quarterly journal of food and writing. Each issue focuses on a single theme, and explores that theme through essays, art, photography, and recipes.
Lucky Peach Issue 8 is the gender issue. In it, you'll find an interview with Alice Waters, essays about gay cooking in America, the lasting cultural impact of Three’s Company’s Jack Tripper, and the food of bachelor mountain ascents. Plus: original art exploring the intersection of food and sex, curated by the creators of Thickness, the erotic comics anthology.
In store now at Oscar & Friends Surry Hills $19.99
"The six books on the list could not be more diverse. There are examples from novelists from New Zealand, England, Canada, Ireland and Zimbabwe – each with its own highly distinctive taste. They range in size from the 832 pages of Eleanor Catton's The Luminaries to the 104-page The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibín. The times represented stretch from the biblical Middle East (Toibín) to contemporary Zimbabwe (NoViolet Bulawayo) by way of 19th-century New Zealand (Catton), 1960s India (Jumpha Lahiri), 18th-century rural England (Crace) and modern Tokyo (Ruth Ozeki). The oldest author on the list, Jim Crace, is 67, the youngest (indeed the youngest ever shortlistee), Eleanor Catton, is 28. Colm Tóibín has written more than 15 books, The Luminaries is only Catton's second."
We Need New Names
Ten-year-old Darling has a choice: it’s down, or out… We Need New Names tells the story of Darling and her friends Stina, Chipo, Godknows, Sbho and Bastard. They all used to have proper houses, with real rooms and furniture, but now they all live in a shanty called Paradise. They spend their days stealing guavas, playing games and wondering how to get the baby out of young Chipo’s stomach. They dream of escaping to other paradises – America, Dubai, Europe. But if they do escape, will these new lands bring everything they wish for?
The Testament of Mary
In a voice that is both tender and filled with rage, The Testament of Mary tells the story of a cataclysmic event which led to an overpowering grief. For Mary, her son has been lost to the world, and now, living in exile and in fear, she tries to piece together the memories of the events that led to her son's brutal death. To her he was a vulnerable figure, surrounded by men who could not be trusted, living in a time of turmoil and change. As her life and her suffering begin to acquire the resonance of myth, Mary struggles to break the silence surrounding what she knows to have happened. In her effort to tell the truth in all its gnarled complexity, she slowly emerges as a figure of immense moral stature as well as a woman from history rendered now as fully human.
A Tale for the Time Being
Ruth discovers a Hello Kitty lunchbox washed up on the shore of her beach home. Within it lies a diary that expresses the hopes and dreams of a young girl. She suspects it might have arrived on a drift of debris from the 2011 tsunami. With every turn of the page, she is sucked deeper into an enchanting mystery. In a small cafe in Tokyo, 16-year-old Nao Yasutani is navigating the challenges thrown up by modern life. In the face of cyberbullying, the mysteries of a 104-year-old Buddhist nun and great-grandmother, and the joy and heartbreak of family, Nao is trying to find her own place - and voice - through a diary she hopes will find a reader and friend who finally understands her.
It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.
From Subhash’s earliest memories, at every point, his brother was there. In the suburban streets of Calcutta where they wandered before dusk and in the hyacinth-strewn ponds where they played for hours on end, Udayan was always in his older brother’s sight. As the two brothers grow older their lives, once so united, begin to diverge. It is 1967. Charismatic and impulsive, Udayan becomes increasingly drawn to the Communist movement sweeping West Bengal, the Naxalite cause. As revolution seizes the city’s student community and exams are boycotted in a shadow of Paris and Berkeley, their home is dominated by the absence of Udayan, out on the streets at demonstrations. Subhash wins a place on a PhD programme in the United States and moves to Rhode Island, never to live in India again – yet his life will be shaped from afar by his brother’s acts of passionate political idealism. Udayan will give everything for what he believes and in doing so will transform the futures of those dearest to him: his newly married, pregnant wife, his brother and their parents. The repercussions of his actions will link their fates irrevocably and tragically together, reverberating across continents and seeping through the generations that follow.
As late summer steals in and the final pearls of barley are gleaned, a village comes under threat. A trio of outsiders – two men and a dangerously magnetic woman – arrives on the woodland borders and puts up a make-shift camp. That same night, the local manor house is set on fire. Over the course of seven days, Walter Thirsk sees his hamlet unmade: the harvest blackened by smoke and fear, the new arrivals cruelly punished, and his neighbours held captive on suspicion of witchcraft. But something even darker is at the heart of his story, and he will be the only man left to tell it . . .
You don’t need a mohawk to be a punk. it’s the diy-ethos of creating stuff that’s real and raw, regardless of what’s in fashion. they might not resemble the ramones, but volume eight is full of punks.
there’s an architect who believes that the classic australian brick home – those short, red and orange boxes with neatly trimmed gardens – are a thing of beauty.
there’s a good old-fashioned heist, except this one’s exceptionally sweet, because it involved $20 million dollars of maple syrup.
there’s author and pop-philosopher chuck klosterman explaining how drugs can sometimes be good.
there are two guys who worked out how to take something as simple as salt and build a bar with it.
there’s a new set of punctuation marks, created by inventive writers nick hornby, judd apatow, peter carey, jon ronson – and one very clever typographer.
it really is a magazine with a little bit of everything. (this is probably where a traditional exclamation point could have been applied.)
We at Oscar & Friends Surry Hills are blessed to have these healthy, delicious, home made salads delivered to us by bike, and now by popular demand there is a cookbook coming soon!
The wonderful Arthur Street Kitchen of Surry Hills brings you sixty hearty salad recipes along with an ode to the community.
A little about the Arthur Street Kitchen:
From a humble home kitchen in Surry Hills, arthur street kitchen brings you delicious home made salads prepared using an abundance of shiny, happy vegetables and a fearless attitude to flavour.
arthur street kitchen is a community kitchen. The concept is simple: local food for local people. We offer fresh, flavour-packed salads and sweets delivered directly to your office or home in Surry Hills.
All salads are home made daily on-site in our family kitchen. We only use the freshest produce, sourced locally where possible. While our weekly menus are inspired first and foremost by the seasons, we also take cues from what we see, smell and experience from the world around us. At the core of every dish is a hero vegetable, around which a thoughtful culinary story is built, resulting in honest, inventive, hearty salads that deliver big, punchy flavours.
Our food is vegetarian, and many of our dishes (but not all) can be tailored for vegans.
release date October-November 2013
for more information, email email@example.com
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A jaunty salute to Dr Who through the decades. A non-creepy look at the secret world of ventriloquists. A chat with three queer lady couples about romance and marriage equality. A yummo recipe for Filipino banana spring rolls. A slightly psychedelic look at Cuban propaganda posters. A decent argument for the Beastie Boys being spiritual gurus. An ode to not loving the beach so much. And some hot tips on how to yodel and win at rock-paper-scissors (but not necessarily at the same time). Of course we have our usual shedload of lovely photography, pretty art-crafty stuff, music, travel and mildly hilarious opinion pieces. Oh, and a quick chat with spooky kids' author RL Stine about how to terrify children. Because it turns out we're actually quite nostalgic about things that go bump in the night.
The winners of this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards were announced in Canberra today, marking the official launch of Children’s Book Week.
The winners and honour books in each of the categories are:
* Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan
*The Ink Bridge by Neil Grant
* Friday Brown by Vikki Wakefield
* Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett
* Pennies for Hitler by Jackie French
* The Tender Moments of Saffron Silk by Glenda Millard, illustrated by Stephen Michael King
*The Terrible Suitcase by Emma Allen, illus by Freya Blackwood
*With Nan by Tania Cox, illus by Karen Blair
*Too Many Elephants in This House by Ursula Dubosarsky, illustrated by Andrew Joyner
Picture Book of the Year
*The Coat by Ron Brooks, illustrated by Julie Hunt
*Herman and Rosie by Gus Gordon
*Sophie Scott Goes South by Alison Lester
Eve Pownall Award for Information Books
* Tom the Outback Mailman by Kristin Weidenbach, illustrated by Timothy Ide
* Lyrebird! A True Story by Jackie Kerin, illustrated by Peter Gouldthorpe
* Topsy-Turvy World: How Australian Animals Puzzled Early Explorers by Kirsty Murray
Crichton Award for new illustrators
*A Forrest by Marc Martin
This year’s Children’s Book Week will run between 12-23 August. The theme is ‘Read Across the Universe’, which CBCA president Angela Briant said is about ‘being brave enough to venture beyond out boundaries and embrace things we may know little about—new thoughts and cultures, imagines and real worlds’. For more information, visit the CBCA website here