Longlist Announced for 2018 Miles Franklin Literary Award

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Perpetual, the trustee of the Miles Franklin Literary Award, has announced eleven authors will be competing for the rich literary prize of $60,000, arguably the most prestigious literary accolade in Australia.  

The Miles Franklin Literary Award was established through the will of My Brilliant Career author, Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin. Patrick White, the first winner of Australia’s most prestigious literature prize was crowned in 1957 with Voss, and since then the Miles Franklin Literary Award has presented more than $1.1 million to Australian authors.

The Award shines light on some of Australia’s most talented writers, and while the prize has been given to a truly wide scope of novels, it has always remained true to the terms of Miles Franklin’s will; to be of the highest literary merit and presenting Australian life in any phase.

The 2018 Miles Franklin Literary Award longlist is:

  • Peter Carey, A Long Way from Home (Penguin Random House)
  • Felicity Castagna, No More Boats (Giramondo Publishing)
  • Michelle de Kretser, The Life to Come (Allen & Unwin)
  • Lia Hills, The Crying Place (Allen & Unwin)
  • Eva Hornung, The Last Garden (Text Publishing)
  • Wayne Macauley, Some Tests (Text Publishing)
  • Catherine McKinnon, Storyland (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Gerald Murnane, Border Districts (Giramondo Publishing)
  • Jane Rawson, From the Wreck (Transit Lounge)
  • Michael Sala, The Restorer (Text Publishing)
  • Kim Scott, Taboo (Picador Australia - Pan Macmillan Australia)


“The longlist for the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2018 spans many genres of the novel: historical, fantastical, realist, satirical, allegorical and autobiographical,” said Richard Neville, Mitchell Librarian of the State Library of NSW and head of the Award judging panel.  “The books take us back in time to consider the effects of the past, or address the issues of contemporary life, or give glimpses of an uncertain, even frightening future.”

“Whether dealing with disconnection, dispossession, the many varieties of grief and its resolutions, the violence done to those close or those unknown, or the deeper questions of existence, the eleven longlisted novels engage and reward the reader,” added Neville.

Joining Richard Neville on the judging panel is The Australian journalist and columnist, Murray Waldren, book critic Dr Melinda Harvey, Sydney-based bookseller, Lindy Jones and Emeritus Professor, Susan Sheridan.

Perpetual’s National Manager of Philanthropy, Caitriona Fay, commended the longlisted authors.

“The authors named on this year’s longlist represent some of Australia’s most talented and provocative novelists. For more than 60 years, the Miles Franklin Literary Award has been supporting authors and helping to foster a uniquely Australian literature.

“The Award is a testament to the generosity of Miles Franklin and shows the difference one person can make to a community. Perpetual is proud to support Australia’s most prestigious literature prize. It’s a great example of how, with management, philanthropic donations can grow well beyond their original intentions.,” added Fay.

Some of the notable winners of the Miles Franklin Literary Award include: Tim Winton with Breath (2009), Dirt Music (2002), Cloudstreet (1992) and Shallows (1984).  Winton shares the crown for most wins with Thea Astley for Drylands (2000), The Acolyte (1972), The Slow Natives (1965) and The Well Dressed Explorer (1962). Peter Carey has won three times for Jack Maggs (1998), Oscar and Lucinda (1989) and Bliss (1981), and Kim Scott twice for That Deadman Dance (2011) and Benang (2000).

The shortlisted finalists will be revealed on Sunday, 17 June at the Annual Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) Gala Dinner in Canberra.  The winner announcement will be made on Sunday, 26 August in Melbourne.

Winner Announced for 2018 Man Booker International Prize

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The 2018 winner for the Man Booker International Prize is Flights by Olga Tokarczuk, translated by Jennifer Croft.

Flights is a novel about travel in the 21st century and human anatomy. From the 17th  century, we have the story of the real Dutch anatomist Philip Verheyen, who dissected and drew pictures of his own amputated leg, discovering in so doing the Achilles tendon. From the 18th century, we have the story of a North African-born slave turned Austrian courtier stuffed and put on display after his death in spite of his daughter’s ever more desperate protests, as well as the story of Chopin’s heart as it makes the covert journey from Paris to Warsaw, stored in a tightly sealed jar beneath his sister’s skirt. From the present we have the trials and tribulations of a wife accompanying her much older professor husband as he teaches a course on a cruise ship in the Greek islands, the quest of a Polish woman who emigrated to New Zealand as a teenager but must now return to Poland in order to poison her terminally ill high school sweetheart, and the slow descent into madness of a young husband whose wife and child mysteriously vanished on a vacation on a Croatian island and then appeared again with no explanation.

Through these narratives, interspersed with short bursts of analysis and digressions on topics ranging from travel-sized cosmetics to the Maori, Flights guides the reader beyond the surface layer of modernity and towards the core of the very nature of humankind.

Host a Great Book Swap This National Reconciliation Week

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As we approach National Reconciliation Week this month, we reflect on this year's theme: 'LEARN, SHARE, GROW – DON'T KEEP HISTORY A MYSTERY'. Here, we are invited to explore our past as a country; learn, share and acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures; and develop a deeper understanding of our national story.

What are you doing this National Reconciliation Week? We invite you to hold a Great Book Swap in your workplace. It is an opportunity to LEARN about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and literature; SHARE books; and GROW your understanding of our national story. 

The idea is to swap a pre-loved book with someone else's, in exchange for a $5 donation. This helps us buy new books for children in remote communities who have few to none.  

Books are the central building blocks for learning to read, and having the ability to read opens doors to a world of choice and opportunity. This year, we are aiming to raise $300,000 from the Great Book Swap to help us gift 30,000 books in 2018. 

Sign up for the Great Book Swap here.

ABIA 2018 Winners Announced

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The Australian Publishers Association is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2018 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs). 

Nevermoor picked up three awards including the major award of the night, The Gold ABIA for the Book of the Year, along with the Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year and Book of the Year for Younger Readers.

The inaugural Rising Star of the Year was awarded to Shalini Kunalan from Text Publishing. Publisher of the Year went to HarperCollins while Thames & Hudson received Small Publisher of the Year. Dymocks was awarded National Retailer of the Year, and once again Readings won Independent Retailer of the Year

Suzy Wilson, owner of Brisbane’s Riverbend Books and the founder of the highly respected Indigenous Literary Foundation, was presented with the Lloyd O’Neil Award for Outstanding Service to the Australian Book Industry, and the Pixie O’Harris Award for Outstanding Commitment to Children’s Literature was awarded to Jane Covernton.

See the full list of winners

 

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Longlists Announced for the 2018 Kibble and Dobbie Awards

The longlists for the 2018 Kibble and Dobbie Literary Awards have been announced.

The Kibble and Dobbie Literary Awards are open to Australian female writers who have published a book of fiction or non-fiction classifiable as ‘life writing’. The awards moved to a biennial format in 2016, making the 2018 awards open to any work published in the last two years.

The eight longlisted titles for the $30,000 Nita B Kibble Literary Award for an established author are:

  • Mirror Sydney by Vanessa Berry
  • The Enigmatic Mr Deakin by Judith Brett
  • The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke
  • Everywhere I Look by Helen Garner
  • The Life to Come by Michelle de Kretser
  • The Choke by Sofie Laguna
  • The High Places by Fiona McFarlane
  • The Media and the Massacre by Sonya Voumard

The eight longlisted titles for the $5000 Dobbie Literary Award for a first-time published author are:

  • Australia Day by Melanie Cheng
  • Troppo by Madelaine Dickie
  • Our Magic Hour by Jennifer Down
  • Things That Helped by Jessica Friedmann
  • The Permanent Resident by Roanna Gonsalves
  • Driftwood by Eva De Jong-Duldig
  • The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein
  • The Healing Party by Micheline Lee

The shortlists will be announced in June. For more information about the Kibble and Dobbie Literary Awards, click here.

Shortlist Announced for 2018 Man Booker International Prize

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The Man Booker International Prize reveals the shortlist of six books in contention for the 2018 prize, which celebrates the finest works of translated fiction from around the world. The £50,000 prize for the winning book will be divided equally between its author and translator.

The 2018 shortlist is as follows:

Author (country/territory), Translator, Title, (imprint)                   

  • Virginie Despentes (France), Frank Wynne, Vernon Subutex 1 (MacLehose Press)
     
  • Han Kang (South Korea), Deborah Smith, The White Book (Portobello Books)
     
  • László Krasznahorkai (Hungary), John Batki, Ottilie Mulzet & George Szirtes, The World Goes On (Tuskar Rock Press)
     
  • Antonio Muñoz Molina (Spain), Camilo A. Ramirez, Like a Fading Shadow (Tuskar Rock Press)
     
  • Ahmed Saadawi (Iraq), Jonathan Wright, Frankenstein in Baghdad (Oneworld)
     
  • Olga Tokarczuk (Poland), Jennifer Croft, Flights (Fitzcarraldo Editions)

The list includes Han Kang and Deborah Smith, who won the prize in 2016 for The Vegetarian, and László Krasznahorkai, who won the prize in its former iteration in 2015, when it was awarded for an achievement in fiction evident in a body of work. The list spans four European languages: French, Spanish, Hungarian, Polish; one from South Korea, and one from Iraq, in Arabic.

The settings range from the rock music scene in Paris, to the streets of Baghdad where a monster roams wild, to James Earl Ray’s short stay in Lisbon fleeing law enforcement; two novels span the globe, one charting Chopin’s heart making a covert voyage from Paris to Warsaw, and one featuring men on the edge of despair in Kiev, Varanasi and Shanghai; with one novel being a meditation on the colour white and an investigation of mourning and rebirth.

The translators are all at the forefront of their craft, with John Batki, Ottilie Mulzet and George Szirtes a well-established team for Krasznahorkai and Deborah Smith translating every work by Han Kang. Frank Wynne comes through with his French translation, having also been longlisted for a translation from Spanish.

The shortlist is dominated by independent publishers, with two books from Tuskar Rock Press, and one each from MacLehose Press, Portobello Books, Oneworld and Fitzcarraldo Editions.

Lisa Appignanesi, chair of the 2018 Man Booker International Prize judging panel, comments:

‘This is a shortlist emblematic of the many adventures of fiction – its making and reading. We have mesmeric meditations, raucous, sexy, state- of- the- nation stories, haunting sparseness and sprawling tales; enigmatic cabinets of curiosity, and daring acts of imaginative projection – all this plus sparkling encounters with prose in translation. We were sorry to have shed so much of our longlist talent, but this is a shortlist to read and re-read.’

More judges’ comments on each book can be found in ‘Book synopses and biographies’ in the lower part of this release.

Luke Ellis, CEO of Man Group, comments:

Congratulations to the authors and translators included on the shortlist, which recognises talent and creativity from around the world. We are proud to support the Man Booker International Prize’s celebration of international literary excellence, as well as the important charitable work of the Booker Prize Foundation in promoting literature and literacy.’

The longlist was selected by a panel of five judges, chaired by Lisa Appignanesi OBE, author and cultural commentator, and consisting of; Michael Hofmann, poet, reviewer and translator from German; Hari Kunzru, author of five novels including The Impressionist and White Tears; Tim Martin, journalist and literary critic, and Helen Oyeyemi, author of novels, plays and short stories including The Icarus Girl.

The winner of the 2018 prize will be announced on 22 May at a formal dinner at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, with the £50,000 prize being divided equally between the author and the translator of the winning book.

Leading up to the winner announcement, there will be a number of public events featuring some of the judges, authors and translators:

  • 17 May            ‘Translation at its Finest’ event in partnership with Foyles and English PEN at Foyles, Charing Cross Road, London
  • 21 May             Man Booker International Prize event with Waterstones at The Emmanuel Centre, Westminster, London

The Man Booker International Prize and the Man Booker Prize for Fiction together reward the best books from around the globe that are published in the UK and are available in English.

The prize is sponsored by Man Group, an active investment management firm that also sponsors the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Both prizes strive to recognise and reward the finest in contemporary literature.

Shortlist Announced for 2018 CBCA Awards

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The Book of the Year: Older Readers

  • Mallee Boys (Charlie Archbold, Wakefield Press)

  • In the Dark Spaces (Cally Black, HGE)

  • Take Three Girls (Cath Crowley, Fiona Wood & Simmone Howell, Pan Macmillan)

  • Because of You (Pip Harry, UQP)

  • The Secret Science of Magic (Melissa Keil, HGE)

  • Ballad For a Mad Girl (Vikki Wakefield, Text)

 

The Book of the Year: Younger Readers

  • The Elephant (Peter Carnavas, UQP)

  • How to Bee (Bren MacDibble, A&U)

  • Marsh and Me (Martine Murray, Text)

  • Henrietta and the Perfect Night (Martine Murray, A&U)

  • The Shop at Hoopers Bend (Emily Rodda, HarperCollins)

  • The Grand Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler (Lisa Shanahan, A&U)

 

The Book of the Year: Early Childhood

  • Rodney Loses It (Michael Gerard Bauer, illus by Chrissie Krebs, Omnibus)

  • Boy (Phil Cummings, illus by Shane DeVries, Scholastic)

  • I’m Australian Too (Mem Fox, illus by Ronojoy Ghosh, Omnibus)

  • The Second Sky (Patrick Guest, illus by Jonathan Bentley, Little Hare)

  • The Very Noisy Baby (Alison Lester, illus by Alison Lester, Affirm)

  • Hark, It’s Me, Ruby Lee! (Lisa Shanahan, illus by Binny, Hachette)

 

    Picture Book of the Year

    • Ten Pound Pom (Carole Wilkinson, illus by Liz Anelli, Walker Books)

    • The Great Rabbit Chase (Freya Blackwood, Scholastic)

    • Mopoke (Philip Bunting, Omnibus)

    • A Walk in the Bush (Gwyn Perkins, Affirm)

    • Swan Lake (Anne Spudvilas, A&U)

    • Florette (Anna Walker, PRH)

     

    Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

    • Do Not Lick This Book (Idan Ben-Barak, illus by Julian Frost, A&U)

    • M Is For Mutiny! History By Alphabet (John Dickon, illus by Bern Emmerichs, Berbay)

    • Left & Right (Lorna Hendry, Wild Dog Books)

    • The Big Book Of Antarctica (Charles Hope, Wild Dog Books)

    • Amazing Australians In Their Flying Machines (Prue & Kerry Mason, illus by Tom Jellett, Walker Books)

    • Koala (Claire Saxby, illus by Julie Vivas, Walker Books

     

    Crichon Award for New Illustrators

    • Can You Find Me? (Patrick Shirvington, New Frontier Publishing)
    • I Just Ate My Friend (Heidi McKinnon, Allen & Unwin)
    • Mopoke (Philip Bunting, Omnibus Books)
    • Once Upon an ABC (Christopher Nielsen, Little Hare)
    • The Sloth Who Came to Say (Vivienne To, Allen & Unwin)
    • Tintinnabula (Rovina Cai, Little Hare)

     

    The winners will be announced on 17 August.

    CBCA Announce Notables for 2018

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    Congratulations to all CBCA Notables Authors, Illustrators and Publishers for 2018.

    The Book of the Year: Older Readers

    • Mallee Boys (Charlie Archbold, Wakefield Press)

    • The Fall (Tristan Bancks, PRH)

    • In the Dark Spaces (Cally Black, HGE)

    • Night Swimming (Steph Bowe, Text)

    • The Things we Promise (J C Burke, A&U)

    • The Dream Walker (Victoria Carless, Hachette)

    • Beautiful Mess (Claire Christian, Text)

    • My Lovely Frankie (Judith Clarke, A&U)

    • The Tides Between (Elizabeth Jane Corbett, Odyssey Books)

    • Take Three Girls (Cath Crowley, Fiona Wood & Simmone Howell, Pan Macmillan)

    • The Ones that Disappeared (Zana Fraillon, Hachette)

    • Third Witch (Jackie French, HarperCollins)

    • Sparrow (Scot Gardner, A&U)

    • Because of You (Pip Harry, UQP)

    • A Shadow’s Breath (Nicole Hayes, PRH)

    • The Secret Science of Magic (Melissa Keil, HGE)

    • Mr Romanov’s Garden in the Sky (Robert Newton, PRH)

    • Frogkisser! (Garth Nix, A&U)

    • Gap Year in Ghost Town (Michael Pryor, A&U)

    • Wilder Country (Mark Smith, Text)

    • A Semi-Definitive List of World Nightmares (Krystal Sutherland, PRH)

    • Remind Me How This Ends (Gabrielle Tozer, HarperCollins)

    • Ballad For a Mad Girl (Vikki Wakefield, Text)

    • The Undercurrent (Paula Weston, Text)

    • My Life as a Hashtag (Gabrielle Williams, A&U)

     

     

    The Book of the Year: Younger Readers

    • Too Many Friends (Kathryn Apel, UQP)

    • May Tang (Katrina Beikoff, Omnibus)

    • The Elephant (Peter Carnavas, UQP)

    • Shaozhen (Wai Chim & Lyn White, A&U)

    • The Blue Cat (Ursula Dubosarsky, A&U)

    • 1917 (Kelly Gardiner, Scholastic)

    • The Cursed First Term of Zelda Stitch (Nikki Greenberg, A&U)

    • Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables (Tim Harris, illus by James Hart, PRH)

    • Jehan and the Quest of the Lost Dog (Rosanne Hawke, UQP)

    • Hotaka (John Heffernan, A&U)

    • Blossom (Tamsin Janu, Omnibus)

    • Figgy Takes the City (Tamsin Janu, Omnibus)

    • Pip and Houdini (J C Jones, A&U)

    • A Dog’s Tale (Barry Jonsberg, Omnibus)

    • The Sorry Tale of Fox and Bear (Margrete Lamond, illus by Heather Vallance, Dirt Lane Press)

    • How to Bee (Bren MacDibble, A&U)

    • The Skeleton Coast (Mardi McConnochie, A&U)

    • Whimsy and Woe (Rebecca McRitchie, illus by Sonia Kretschmar, HarperCollins)

    • The Fighting Stingrays (Simon Mitchell, PRH)

    • The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone (Jaclyn Moriarty, A&U)

    • Lintang and the Pirate Queen (Tamara Moss, PRH)

    • Looking Up (Sally Murphy, Fremantle Press)

    • Marsh and Me (Martine Murray, Text)

    • Henrietta and the Perfect Night (Martine Murray, A&U)

    • The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Rome (Katrina Nannestad, HarperCollins)

    • Dr Boogaloo and the Girl who Lost her Laughter (Lisa Nicol, PRH)

    • The Wayward Witch and the Feelings Monster (Sally Rippin, HGE)

    • The Shop at Hoopers Bend (Emily Rodda, HarperCollins)

    • A Garden of Lilies: Improving Tales for Young Minds (Judith Rossell, HarperCollins)

    • The Exile (Jo Sandhu, PRH)

    • The Grand Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler (Lisa Shanahan, A&U)

    • Accidental Heroes (Lian Tanner, A&U)

    • Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers X Marks the Spot (Jol & Kate Temple, illus by John Foye, A&U)

    • Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Jessica Townsend, Hachette)

    • A Cardboard Palace (Allayne L Webster, MidnightSun)

    • The Secrets We Share (Nova Weetman, UQP)

    • Trouble and the New Kid (Cate Whittle, illus by Stephen Michael King, Omnibus)

     

    Early Childhood

    • The Thank You Dish (Trace Balla, A&U)

    • Shapes of Australia (Bronwyn Bancroft, Little Hare)

    • Rodney Loses It (Michael Gerard Bauer, illus by Chrissie Krebs, Omnibus)

    • Busting (Aaron Blabey, Scholastic)

    • Guff (Aaron Blabey, PRH)

    • Pig the Star (Aaron Blabey, Scholastic)

    • The Very Sleepy Bear (Nick Bland, Scholastic)

    • You Can’t Catch Me (Nicola Bolton, Nicola Bolton)

    • Busy Little Creatures (Fiona Bowden, Little Book Press)

    • At the Zoo I See (Joshua Button, illus by Robyn Wells, Magabala)

    • Heads and Tails (John Canty, Berbay)

    • Our Last Trip to the Market (Lorin Clarke, illus by Mitch Vane, A&U)

    • The Cat Wants Cuddles (P Crumble, illus by Lucinda Gifford, Scholastic)

    • Boy (Phil Cummings, illus by Shane DeVries, Scholastic)

    • Wilbur, Grace and Joe (Phil Cummings, illus by Amanda Graham, Little Book Press)

    • Jump and Shout (Mike Dumbleton, illus by Peter Carnavas, Little Book Press)

    • I’m Australian Too (Mem Fox, illus by Ronojoy Ghosh, Omnibus)

    • Stitches and Stuffing (Carrie Gallasch, illus by Sara Acton, Little Hare)

    • Great Goal! Marvellous Mark! (Katrina Germein, illus by Janine Dawson, Ford Street)

    • Clare’s Goodbye (Libby Gleeson, illus by Anna Pignataro, Little Hare)

    • Meerkat Choir (Nikki Greenberg, A&U)

    • The Second Sky (Patrick Guest, illus by Jonathan Bentley, Little Hare)

    • On the Way to Nana’s (Frances & Lindsay Haji-Ali, illus by David Hardy, Magabala)

    • Nomax! (Shannon Horsfall, HarperCollins)

    • 1,2, Pirate Stew (Kylie Howarth, The Five Mile Press)

    • Me and You (Deborah Kelly, illus by Karen Blair, PRH)

    • The Very Noisy Baby (Alison Lester, illus by Alison Lester, Affirm)

    • Ready, Steady, Hatch! (Ben Long, illus by David Cornish, Ford Street)

    • Olivia’s Voice (Mike Lucas, illus by Jennifer Harrison, MidnightSun)

    • What’s Up Top? (Marc Martin, PRH)

    • Two Rainbows (Sophie Masson, illus by Michael McMahon, Little Hare)

    • Hello to You, Moon (Sally Morgan & Biddy Maroney, illus by Sonny Day, Little Hare)

    • The Rabbit-hole Golf Course (Ella Mulvey, illus by Karen Briggs, A&U)

    • My Dog Socks (Robyn Osborne, illus by Sadami Konchi, Ford Street)

    • Road Trip (Danny Parker, illus by Nathaniel Eckstrom, Little Hare)

    • Lucy’s Book (Natalie Jane Prior, illus by Cheryl Orsini, Hachette)

    • Hark, It’s Me, Ruby Lee! (Lisa Shanahan, illus by Binny, Hachette)

    • Eric the Postie (Matt Shanks, Scholastic)

    • Molly the Pirate (Lorraine Teece, illus by Paul Seden, Magabala)

    • The Scared Book (Debra Tidball, illus by Kim Siew, Hachette)

    • Why Can’t I Be a Dinosaur? (Kylie Westaway, illus by Tom Jellett, A&U)

    • One Keen Koala (Margaret Wild, illus by Bruce Whatley, Scholastic)

    • That Christmas Feeling (Lili Wilkinson, illus by Amanda Francey, A&U)

    • Can You Find Me? (Gordon Winch, illus by Patrick Shirvington, New Frontier Publishing)

    • Nanna’s Button Tin (Dianne Wolfer, illus by Heather Potter, Walker Books)

     

      Picture Book

      • Ten Pound Pom (Carole Wilkinson, illus by Liz Anelli, Walker Books)

      • Aquatica (Lance Balchin, Five Mile)

      • Gaolbird: the True Story of William Swallow, Convict and Pirate (Simon Barnard, Text)

      • The Second Sky (Patrick Guest, illus by Jonathan Bentley, Little Hare)

      • Tales From a Tall Forest (Shaun Micallef, illus by Jonathan Bentley, HGE)

      • Guff (Aaron Blabey, PRH)

      • The Great Rabbit Chase (Freya Blackwood, Scholastic)

      • The Anzac Tree (Christina Booth, Omnibus)

      • Mopoke (Philip Bunting, Omnibus)

      • Heads and Tails (John Canty, Berbay)

      • Andy Webb: Artist (Maree Coote, Melbournestyle Books)

      • Mille Loves Ants (Jackie French, illus by Sue deGennaro, HarperCollins)

      • Jerome’s Gift (Trent Denham, Condotta Press)

      • The World’s Worst Pirate (Michelle Worthington, illus by Katrin Dreiling, Little Pink Dog Books)

      • Drawn Onward (Meg McKinlay, illus by Andrew Frazer, Fremantle Press)

      • Papa Sky (Jane Jolly, illus by Sally Heinrich, MidnightSun)

      • The Man in the Panama Hat and the Windy, Windy Day (Joachim Gevert, illus by Ffranses Ingram, Little Steps)

      • A Very Quacky Christmas (Frances Watts, illus by Ann James, HarperCollins)

      • Grandma Forgets (Paul Russell, illus by Nicky Johnston, EK Books)

      • Whatcha Building? (Andrew Daddo, illus by Stephen Michael King, HarperCollins)

      • Pea Pod Lullaby (Glenda Millard, illus by Stephen Michael King, A&U)

      • Danny Blue’s Really Excellent Dream (Max Landrak, Hachette)

      • Feathers (Phil Cummings, illus by Phil Lesnie, Scholastic)

      • The Very Noisy Baby (Alison Lester, Affirm)

      • Archie and the Bear (Zanni Louise, illus by David Mackintosh, Little Hare)

      • Slowly! Slowly! (Tina Clarke, illus by Helene Magisson, Wombat Books)

      • What’s Up Top? (Marc Martin, PRH)

      • Big Fella Rain (Beryl Webber, illus by Fern Martins, Magabala)

      • Henry’s Pirate Adventure (Livinia Nixon, illus by Heath McKenzie, Lake Press)

      • Sarah and the Steep Slope (Danny Parker, illus by Matt Ottley, Little Hare)

      • A Walk in the Bush (Gwyn Perkins, Affirm)

      • Giants, Trolls, Witches, Beasts (Craig Phillips, A&U)

      • Clare’s Goodbye (Libby Gleeson, illus by Anna Pignataro, Little Hare)

      • Glitch (Michelle Worthington, illus by Andrew Plant, Ford Street)

      • Merry Everything (Tania McCartney, illus by Jess Racklyeft, Windy Hollow Books)

      • Monsieur Chat (Jedda Robaard, Five Mile)

      • Once Upon a Small Rhinoceros (Meg McKinlay, illus by Leila Rudge, Walker Books)

      • Gus Dog Goes to Work (Rachel Flynn, illus by Craig Smith, HarperCollins)

      • Swan Lake (Anne Spudvilas, A&U)

      • Fish (Jane Stadermann, Rabbit Books)

      • My Friend Tertius (Corinne Fenton, illus by Owen Swan, A&U)

      • Storm Whale (Sarah Brennan, illus by Jane Tanner, A&U)

      • The Sloth Who Came to Stay (Margaret Wild, illus by Vivienne To, A&U)

      • The Sleeping Beauty (David McAllister, illus by Gabriela Tylesova, Little Hare)

      • Florette (Anna Walker, PRH)

      • Koala Bare (Jackie French, illus by Bruce Whatley, HarperCollins)

      • Ruben (Bruce Whatley, Scholastic)

      • Flapper VC (Mark Wilson, Hachette)

       

      Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

      • Do Not Lick This Book (Idan Ben-Barak, illus by Julian Frost, A&U)

      • Tears In The Jungle: Fight For Survival (Daniel & William Clarke, Tears In The Jungle)

      • Decision: Stories Of Leadership In The Services (Jennet Cole-Adams, & Judy Gauld, Department Of Veterans’ Affairs)

      • Robyn Boid: Architect (Maree Coote, Melbournestyle Books)

      • The Baby Animal Book (Jennifer Cossins, Hachette)

      • Comradeship: Stories Of Friendship And Recreation In Wartime (Kathleen Cusack & Brett Hatherly, Department Of Veterans’ Affairs)

      • M Is For Mutiny! History By Alphabet (John Dickon, illus by Bern Emmerichs, Berbay)

      • Animal Eco-Warriors (Nic Gill, CSIRO Publishing)

      • Exploring Soils: A Hidden World Underground (Samantha Grover, illus by Camille Heisler, CSIRO Publishing)

      • Left & Right (Lorna Hendry, Wild Dog Books)

      • The Big Book Of Antarctica (Charles Hope, Wild Dog Books)

      • A Is For Australian Animals (Frane Lessac, Walker Books)

      • The Story Of Australia (Robert Lewis, PRH)

      • Amazing Australians In Their Flying Machines (Prue & Kerry Mason, illus by Tom Jellett, Walker Books)

      • My Contemporary Art Book (Kate Ryan, illus by Cally Bennett, National Gallery Of Victoria)

      • Van Gogh And The Seasons (Kate Ryan, illus by Cally Bennett, National Gallery Of Victoria)

      • Koala (Claire Saxby, illus by Julie Vivas, Walker Books)

      • The Startling Story Of Lachlan Macquarie: Founding Father Or Failure? (Michael Sedunary, illus by Bern Emmerichs, Berbay).

       

      The Notable Books act as the longlist for the CBCA Book of the Year Awards. The shortlist will be announced on 27 March, and the winners on 17 August.

       

      Longlist Announced for the 2018 ABIA Book Awards

      We’re thrilled to announce the longlist for the 2018 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs). The 2018 longlist celebrates the diversity and exceptional quality of Australian writing, publishing and bookselling.

      The longlist was voted for by the ABIA Academy, a group of publishers, booksellers, agents, media and industry representatives. After an extensive recruitment campaign, the 2018 academy is the largest and broadest in ABIA history, comprising over 250 members.

      A shortlist will be released on Thursday April 19, with the winners announced at the publishing industry’s night of nights on Thursday 3 May. The red carpet event will be held at Sydney’s International Convention Centre and hosted by ABC TV’s Zoe Norton-Lodge and Ben Jenkins (The Checkout).

      ABIA would like to thank our valued sponsors – The Australian Women’s Weekly, JC Decaux, Media Super, Audible, Opus, Booktopia, Curtis Brown, Ingram, Nielsen Bookscan, Leading Edge Books, Simpsons Solicitors, John Fisher Printing, and our industry partners, ABA, ALIA, APA, ASA, BorrowBox, The Copyright Agency , Books + Publishing and the Children’s Book Council.

       

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      Biography Book of the Year

      • A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work, Bernadette Brennan (Text Publishing, Text Publishing)
      • Danger Music, Eddie Ayres (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
      • The Enigmatic Mr Deakin, Judith Brett (Text Publishing, Text Publishing)
      • Tracker, Alexis Wright (Giramondo Publishing, Giramondo Publishing Company)
      • Unbreakable, Jelena Dokic and Jess Halloran (Ebury Australia, Penguin Random House Australia)
      • Unmasked, Turia Pitt (Ebury Australia, Penguin Random House Australia)
      • Wednesdays with Bob, Derek Rielly and Bob Hawke (Macmillan Australia, Pan Macmillan Australia,)
      • Working Class Man, Jimmy Barnes (HarperCollins Publishers, HarperCollins Publishers)

       

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      General Fiction Book of the Year

      • Force of Nature, Jane Harper (Macmillan Australia, Pan Macmillan Australia)
      • On the Java Ridge, Jock Serong (Text Publishing, Text Publishing)
      • The Dark Lake, Sarah Bailey (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
      • The Girl from Munich, Tania Blanchard (Simon & Schuster Australia, Simon & Schuster Australia)
      • The Inaugural Meeting Of The Fairvale Ladies Book Club, Sophie Green (Hachette, Hachette Australia)
      • The Secrets She Keeps, Michael Robotham (Hachette, Hachette Australia)
      • The Tea Gardens, Fiona McIntosh (Michael Joseph Australia, Penguin Random House Australia)
      • The Trip of A Lifetime, Monica McInerney (Michael Joseph Australia, Penguin Random House Australia)

       

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      General Non-fiction Book of the Year

      • Anaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness, Kate Cole-Adams (Text Publishing, Text Publishing)
      • Being 14, Madonna King (Hachette, Hachette Australia)
      • Depends What You Mean By Extremist, John Safran (Hamish Hamilton Australia, Penguin Random House Australia)
      • First, We Make The Beast Beautiful, Sarah Wilson (Macmillan Australia, Pan Macmillan Australia)
      • Not Just Lucky, Jamila Rizvi (Viking Australia, Penguin Random House Australia)
      • Saga Land, Richard Fidler and Kári Gíslason (ABC Books, HarperCollins Publishers)
      • Taming Toxic People, David Gillespie (Macmillan Australia, Pan Macmillan Australia)
      • The Harbour: A City’s Heart, A Country’s Soul, Scott Bevan (Simon & Schuster Australia, Simon & Schuster Australia)
      • The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay & Disaster, Sarah Krasnostein (Text Publishing, Text Publishing)

       

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      Illustrated Book of the Year

      • Basics to Brilliance Kids, Donna Hay (Fourth Estate, HarperCollins Publishers)
      • Cornersmith: Salads and Pickles, Alex Elliott-Howery and Sabine Spindler (Murdoch Books, Murdoch Books)
      • Hummus and Co, Michael Rantissi and Kristy Frawley (Murdoch Books, Murdoch Books)
      • Maggie’s Recipe for Life, Maggie Beer and Professor Ralph Martins (A Julie Gibbs Book for Simon & Schuster Australia, Simon & Schuster Australia)
      • Native: Art and Design with Australian Plants, Kate Herd and Jela Ivankovic-Waters (Thames & Hudson Australia, Thames & Hudson Australia)
      • Ostro, Julia Busuttil Nishimura (Plum, Pan Macmillan Australia)
      • Paris: Through a Fashion Eye, Megan Hess (Hardie Grant Books, Hardie Grant Publishing)
      • The Vegetable, Caroline Griffiths and Vicki Valsamis (Smith Street Books, Smith Street Books)

       

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      International Book of the Year

      • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman (HarperCollins Publishers, HarperCollins Publishers)
      • Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, Elena Favilli and Francesa Cavallo (Particular Books -UK Juvenile, Penguin Random House Australia)
      • Here We Are: Notes For Living On Planet Earth, Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins Publishers, HarperCollins Publishers)
      • Home Fire, Kamila Shamsie (Bloomsbury Circus, Bloomsbury Publishing)
      • La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One, Philip Pullman (David Fickling Books, Penguin Random House Australia)
      • Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders (Bloomsbury Publishing, Bloomsbury Publishing)
      • Mythos, Stephen Fry (Michael Joseph – UK, Penguin Random House Australia)
      • The Sun and her Flowers, Rupi Kaur (Simon & Schuster UK, Simon & Schuster UK)

       

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      Literary Fiction Book of the Year

      • A Long Way Home, Peter Carey (Hamish Hamilton Australia, Penguin Random House Australia)
      • Australia Day, Melanie Cheng (Text Publishing, Text Publishing)
      • First Person, Richard Flanagan (Knopf Australia, Penguin Random House Australia)
      • See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt (Hachette, Hachette Australia)
      • Taboo, Kim Scott (Picador Australia, Pan Macmillan Australia)
      • The Choke, Sofie Laguna (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
      • The Life to Come, Michelle de Kretser (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
      • Wimmera, Mark Brandi (Hachette, Hachette Australia)

       

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      Small Publishers’ Adult Book of the Year

      • Atlantic Black, A. S. Patric (Transit Lounge, Transit Lounge)
      • Call of the Reed Warbler – A New Agriculture – A New Earth, Charles Massy (The University of Queensland Press, The University of Queensland Press)
      • Cardinal, Louise Milligan (Melbourne University Press, Melbourne University Publishing)
      • Journeys into the Wild: The Photography of Peter Dombrovskis, Introduction & Commentary by Bob Brown (NLA Publishing, National Library of Australia)
      • The Australian Bird Guide, Peter Menkhorst, Danny Rogers, Rohan Clarke, Jeff Davies, Peter Marsack and Kim Franklin (CSIRO Publishing, CSIRO Publishing)
      • The Restorer, Michael Sala (Text Publishing, Text Publishing)
      • Museum of Words, Georgia Blain (Scribe Publications, Scribe Publications)
      • Mirror Sydney, Vanessa Berry (Giramondo Publishing, Giramondo Publishing Company)

       

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      Small Publishers’ Children’s Book of the Year

      • At the Beach I See, Kamsani Bin Salleh (Magabala Books, Magabala Books)
      • At the Zoo I See, Joshua Button and Robyn Wells (Magabala Books, Magabala Books)
      • Big Fella Rain, Beryl Webber and illustrated by Fern Martins (Magabala Books, Magabala Books)
      • Hello, Melbourne!, Megan McKean (Thames & Hudson Australia, Thames & Hudson Australia)
      • It’s OK to Feel the Way You Do, Josh Langley (Big Sky Publishing, Big Sky Publishing)
      • The Elephant, Peter Carnavas (The University of Queensland Press, The University of Queensland Press)
      • Slow Down, World, Tai Snaith (Thames & Hudson Australia, Thames & Hudson Australia)
      • Under the Love Umbrella, Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys (Scribble Kids’ Books, Scribe Publications)

       

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      The Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year

      • Australia Day, Melanie Cheng (Text Publishing, Text Publishing)
      • Nevermoor, Jessica Townsend (Lothian Children’s Books, Hachette Australia)
      • See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt (Hachette, Hachette Australia)
      • Terra Nullius, Claire G Coleman (Hachette, Hachette Australia)
      • The Inaugural Meeting Of The Fairvale Ladies Book Club, Sophie Green (Hachette, Hachette Australia)
      • The Girl from Munich, Tania Blanchard (Simon & Schuster Australia, Simon & Schuster Australia)
      • The Last Man in Europe: A Novel, Dennis Glover (Black Inc., Black Inc. Books)
      • The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay & Disaster, Sarah Krasnostein (Text Publishing, Text Publishing)
      • Wimmera, Mark Brandi (Hachette, Hachette Australia)

       

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      Book of the Year for Older Children (ages 13+)

      • Beautiful Mess, Claire Christian (Text Publishing, Text Publishing)
      • Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology, Amie Kaufman, Melissa Keil, Will Kostakis, Ellie Marney, Jaclyn Moriarty, Michael Pryor, Alice Pung, Gabrielle Tozer, Lili Wilkinson and Danielle Binks (HarperCollins Publishers, HarperCollins Publishers)
      • Frogkisser!, Garth Nix (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
      • My Life as a Hashtag, Gabrielle Williams (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
      • Take Three Girls, Simmone Howell, Cath Crowley and Fiona Wood (Pan Australia, Pan Macmillan Australia)
      • Tales From a Tall Forest, Shaun Micallef and illustrated by Jonathan Bentley (Hardie Grant Egmont, Hardie Grant Egmont)
      • The Silent Invasion, James Bradley (Pan Australia, Pan Macmillan Australia)
      • Untidy Towns, Kate O’Donnell (The University of Queensland Press, The University of Queensland Press)

       

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      Book of the Year for Younger Children (ages 7-12)

      • Frankie Fish and the Sonic Suitcase, Peter Helliar and illustrated by Lesley Vamos (Hardie Grant Egmont, Hardie Grant Egmont)
      • Funny Kid for President, Matt Stanton (ABC Books, HarperCollins Publishers)
      • Maybe, Morris Gleitzman (Viking – AU YR, Penguin Random House Australia)
      • Nevermoor, Jessica Townsend (Lothian Children’s Books, Hachette Australia)
      • Polly and Buster: The Wayward Witch and the Feelings Monster, Sally Rippin (Hardie Grant Egmont, Hardie Grant Egmont)
      • The Bad Guys Episode 6, Aaron Blabey (Scholastic Press, Scholastic Australia)
      • The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone, Jaclyn Moriarty (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
      • The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Rome, Katrina Nannestad (ABC Books, HarperCollins Publishers)
      • The 91-Storey Treehouse, Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton (Pan Australia, Pan Macmillan Australia)

       

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      Children’s Picture Book of the Year (ages 0-6)

      • Do Not Lick This Book, Idan Ben-Barak and illustrated by Julian Frost (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
      • Florette, Anna Walker (Viking – AU YR, Penguin Random House Australia)
      • I Just Ate My Friend, Heidi McKinnon (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
      • I’m Australian Too, Mem Fox and illustrated by Ronojoy Ghosh (Scholastic Press, Scholastic Australia)
      • Mopoke, Philip Bunting (Scholastic Press, Scholastic Australia)
      • Pig the Star, Aaron Blabey (Scholastic Press, Scholastic Australia)
      • No One Likes a Fart, Zoë Foster Blake (Viking – AU YR, Penguin Random House Australia)
      • The Bum Book, Kate Mayes and illustrated by Andrew Joyner (ABC Books, HarperCollins Publishers)
      • The Very Noisy Baby, Alison Lester (Affirm Press, Affirm Press)

      Longlist Announced for the 2018 Inky Awards

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      We’re so excited to be able to share the 2018 Inky Awards longlist with you!

      The longlist of 10 Australian and 10 international YA titles was selected by a panel of past Inky Awards judges, the Dog’s Advisory Board and Inside a Dog alumni, all young readers aged between 12 and 20 years.

      The 2018 Inky Awards Longlists are:

      Gold Inky Award - Australian titles

      • Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology edited by Danielle Binks 
      • In the Dark Spaces by Cally Black
      • Take Three Girls by Cath Crowley, Simmone Howell & Fiona Wood
      • Beautiful Mess by Claire Christian
      • Ida by Alison Evans
      • Wreck by Fleur Ferris
      • A Shadow’s Breath by Nicole Hayes
      • Remind Me How This Ends by Gabrielle Tozer
      • Paper Cranes Don’t Fly by Peter Vu  
      • Ballad for a Mad Girl by Vikki Wakefield

      Silver Inky Award - International titles

      • The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
      • Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
      • The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
      • Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King
      • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
      • Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
      • Warcross by Marie Lu
      • One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
      • Release by Patrick Ness
      • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

       

      But they need you to make this year’s Inky Awards the biggest one ever!

      But how can you get involved?

      Wanted: 2018 Inky Awards Judges

      Applications are now open for the 2018 Inky Awards judging panel. Judges should be between 12 and 18 years old, live in Australia, and – above all – love books and reading!

      If you are a bookish teen or have a bookish teen in your life, please encourage them to apply! Applications close at 9am AEST on Monday 26 March.

      Wanted: 2018 Shadow Judges

      Applications are also open for the inaugural Inky Awards Shadow Judges. These teens will be sent five of the longlist titles to read, react and/or review for the new Inside a Dog website (to be launched very soon.) Applications close at 9am AEST on Monday 26 March.

      You can apply for both programs.

      Shortlist Announced for the 2018 Stella Prize

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      On International Women’s Day, the Stella Prize is delighted to announce the six extraordinary books by Australian women on the 2018 Stella Prize shortlist.

      The 2018 Stella Prize shortlist is:

      • The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar (Fiction, Wild Dingo Press)
      • Terra Nullius by Claire G. Coleman (Fiction, Hachette Australia)
      • The Life to Come by Michelle de Krestser (Fiction, Allen & Unwin)
      • An Uncertain Grace by Krissy Kneen (Fiction, Text Publishing)
      • The Fish Girl by Mirandi Riwoe (Novella, Seizure)
      • Tracker by Alexis Wright (Non-Fiction, Giramondo) 

      Fiona Stager, chair of the 2018 judging panel, says:
       
      “The six titles shortlisted for the 2018 Stella Prize showcase the incredible breadth of talent in the writing by women in Australia today. The personal interweaves seamlessly with the political as these authors investigate the past, examine the present and re-imagine our future. Ideas about family, identity in all its forms, and politics at both its most profound and intimate levels are themes that connect these six diverse, engaging and original books.”

      Longlist Announced for the 2018 Women's Prize for Fiction

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      We’re thrilled to reveal the sixteen brilliant books that make up the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist on International Women’s Day!

      Picked by our fantastic 2018 judging panel, the longlist honours both new and well-established writers and a range of genres, spanning four continents and including six debut novels.

      Sarah Sands, 2018 chair of judges and Editor of BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme said: “The longlist came out of a Chequers style meeting where different views were accommodated and peace reigned, at least for now,” commented Sarah Sands, Chair of Judges. “What is striking about the list, apart from the wealth of talent, is that women writers refuse to be pigeon-holed. We have searing social realism, adventure, comedy, poetic truths, ingenious plots and unforgettable characters. Women of the world are a literary force to be reckoned with.”

      The longlisted books are as follows:

      H(A)PPY by Nicola Barker
      The Idiot by Elif Batuman
      Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon
      Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig
      Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
      The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar
      Sight by Jessie Greengrass
      Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
      When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife by Meena Kandasamy
      Elmet by Fiona Mozley
      The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
      See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
      A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert
      Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
      The Trick to Time by Kit de Waal
      Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

      Longlist Annouced for the 2018 Stella Prize

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      Stella is delighted to announce the 2018 Stella Prize longlist  of powerful books by Australian women.

      In a year when women’s voices are demanding to be heard, the 2018 Stella Prize longlist showcases the power and diversity of writing by women in Australia. The determination required to create change, and the political necessity of telling our own stories, shines through in the fiction and nonfiction of this year’s list. Many authors on the longlist explore the importance of narrative for both our understanding of the past and our imaginings of the future. The prominence of books by smaller independent publishers speaks to the vibrancy of Australian publishing, and the longlist as a whole is a testament to the potency of women’s writing in Australia today.

      The 2018 Stella Prize shortlist will be announced on International Women’s Day, Thursday 8 March, and the 2018 Stella Prize winner will be announced on Thursday 12 April.

      THE LONGLIST FOR THE STELLA PRIZE 2018 IS:

      • The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar (Fiction, Wild Dingo Press)
      • A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work by Bernadette Brennan (Non-Fiction, Text Publishing)
      • Anaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness by Kate Cole-Adams (Non-Fiction, Text Publishing)
      • Terra Nullius by Claire G. Coleman (Fiction, Hachette Australia)
      • The Life to Come by Michelle de Krestser (Fiction, Allen & Unwin)
      • This Water: Five Tales by Beverley Farmer (Fiction,. Giramondo)
      • The Green Bell: A Memoir of Love. Madness and Poetry by Paula Keogh (Non-Fiction, Affirm Press)
      • An Uncertain Grace by Krissy Kneen (Fiction, Text Publishing)
      • The Choke by Sofie Laguna (Fiction, Allen & Unwin)
      • Martin Sharp: His Life and Times by Joyce Morgan (Non-Fiction, Allen & Unwin)
      • The Fish Girl by Mirandi Riwoe (Novella, Seizure)
      • Tracker by Alexis Wright (Non-Fiction, Giramondo) 

      Costa Book Awards Winners 2017

      Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Costa Book Awards.

      These awards honour some of the most outstanding books of the year written by authors based in the UK and Ireland, across five different categories.

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      First novel:
      The winner is Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.

      Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life.


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      Novel:
      The winner is Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor.

      Midwinter in the early years of this century. A teenage girl on holiday has gone missing in the hills at the heart of England. The villagers are called up to join the search, fanning out across the moors as the police set up roadblocks and a crowd of news reporters descends on their usually quiet home. Meanwhile, there is work that must still be done: cows milked, fences repaired, stone cut, pints poured, beds made, sermons written, a pantomime rehearsed. The search for the missing girl goes on, but so does everyday life. As it must.


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      Biography:
      The winner is In the Days of Rain by Rebecca Stott.

      As Rebecca Stott’s father lay dying he begged her to help him write the memoir he had been struggling with for years. He wanted to tell the story of their family, who, for generations had all been members of a fundamentalist Christian sect. Yet, each time he reached a certain point, he became tangled in a thicket of painful memories and could not go on. Rebecca gathers the broken threads of her father’s story, and her own, and follows him into the thicket to tell of her family’s experiences within the sect, and the decades-long aftermath of their breaking away.


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      Poetry
      The winner is Inside the Wave by Helen Dunmore.

      To be alive is to be inside the wave, always travelling until it breaks and is gone. These poems are concerned with the borderline between the living and the dead – the underworld and the human living world – and the exquisitely intense being of both. They possess a spare, eloquent lyricism as they explore the bliss and anguish of the voyage.


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      Children’s Books:
      The winner is The Explorer by Katherine Rundell.

      After crashing hundreds of miles from civilisation in the Amazon rainforest, Fred, Con, Lila and Max are utterly alone and in grave danger. They have no food, no water and no chance of being rescued. But they are alive and they have hope. As they negotiate the wild jungle they begin to find signs that something – someone – has been there before them. Could there possibly be a way out after all?


      One of the five category winners will also be named Book of the Year at a ceremony in London on January 30. Read more about the Costa book awards here.

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      Longlist Announced for the 2018 Indie Book Awards

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      Australian independent booksellers have announced their Longlist for the Indie Book Awards 2018!
       
      In 2018, we’re celebrating 10 years of the Indie Book Awards. The Awards recognise and celebrate the indie booksellers as the number one supporters of Australian authors. Since the Awards inception ten years ago, Indies have a well-deserved reputation for picking the best of the best in Australian writing. Past Book of the Year winners have gone on to be bestsellers and win other major literary awards. Previous winners include: The Dry by Jane Harper; The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood; The Bush by Don Watson; The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan; The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman; All That I Am by Anna Funder; The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do; Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey; and Breath by Tim Winton.

      The Longlist for the Indie Book Awards 2018 IS:

      FICTION LONGLIST

      • A Long Way from Home by Peter Carey (Penguin Random House)
      • The Life to Come by Michelle de Kretser (Allen & Unwin)
      • First Person by Richard Flanagan (Penguin Random House)
      • Force of Nature by Jane Harper (Pan Macmillan Australia)
      • The Choke by Sofie Laguna (Allen & Unwin)
      • The Passage of Love by Alex Miller (Allen & Unwin)
      • The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham (Hachette Australia)
      • Taboo by Kim Scott (Pan Macmillan Australia)
      • On the Java Ridge by Jock Serong (Text Publishing)
      • City of Crows by Chris Womersley (Pan Macmillan Australia)

      NON-FICTION LONGLIST

      • Danger Music by Eddie Ayres (Allen & Unwin)
      • Working Class Man by Jimmy Barnes (HarperCollins Australia)
      • The Museum of Words by Georgia Blain (Scribe Publications)
      • Saga Land by Richard Fidler and Kari Gislason (ABC Books, HarperCollins Australia)
      • Mrs Kelly by Grantlee Kieza (ABC Books, HarperCollins Australia)
      • The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein (Text Publishing)
      • Call of the Reed Warbler by Charles Massy (University of Queensland Press)
      • Detours by Tim Rogers (HarperCollins Australia)
      • First, We Make the Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wilson (Pan Macmillan Australia)
      • Tracker by Alexis Wright (Giramondo Publishing)

      DEBUT FICTION

      • The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey (Allen & Unwin)
      • Wimmera by Mark Brandi (Hachette Australia)
      • Australia Day by Melanie Cheng (Text Publishing)
      • Terra Nullius by Claire Coleman (Hachette Australia)
      • The Last Man in Europe by Dennis Glover (Black Inc.)
      • The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club by Sophie Green (Hachette Australia)
      • To Become a Whale by Ben Hobson (Allen & Unwin)
      • Storyland by Catherine McKinnon (HarperCollins Australia)
      • See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt (Hachette Australia)
      • Half Wild by Pip Smith (Allen & Unwin)

      ILLUSTRATED NON-FICTION

      • Maggie's Recipe For Life by Maggie Beer with Professor Ralph Martins (Simon & Schuster Australia)
      • Ostro by Julia Busuttil Nishimura (Pan Macmillan Australia)
      • Ferment by Holly Davis (Murdoch Books)
      • Cornersmith: Salads and Pickles by Alex Elliott-Howery & Sabine Spindler (Murdoch Books)
      • Native: Art & Design with Australian Plants by Kate Herd & Jela Ivankovic-Waters (Thames & Hudson Australia)
      • Paris: Through a Fashion Eye by Megan Hess (Hardie Grant Books)
      • Beyond the Rock by Janelle McCulloch (Bonnier Publishing Australia)
      • Hummus & Co by Michael Rantissi & Kristy Frawley (Murdoch Books)
      • Dreamscapes by Claire Takacs (Hardie Grant Books)
      • Flowersmith by Jennifer Tran (Hardie Grant Books)

      CHILDREN’S

      • Pig the Star by Aaron Blabey (Scholastic Australia)
      • Mopoke by Philip Bunting (Scholastic Australia)
      • I'm Australian Too by Mem Fox & Ronojoy Ghosh (Illus) (Scholastic Australia)
      • The Very Noisy Baby by Alison Lester (Affirm Press)
      • I Just Ate My Friend by Heidi McKinnon (Allen & Unwin)
      • Tales From a Tall Forest by Shaun Micallef (Hardie Grant Egmont)
      • The Extremely Inconvenient adventures of Bronte Mettlestone by Jaclyn Moriarty (Allen & Unwin)
      • Polly and Buster: The Wayward Witch and the Feelings Monster by Sally Rippin (Hardie Grant Egmont)
      • Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend (Hachette Australia)
      • Florette by Anna Walker (Penguin Random House)

      YOUNG ADULT

      • Take Three Girls by Cath Crowley, Fiona Wood & Simmone Howell (Pan Macmillan Australia)
      • Beautiful Mess by Claire Christian (Text Publishing)
      • Wilder Country by Mark Smith (Text Publishing)
      • Untidy Towns by Kate O'Donnell (University of Queensland Press)
      • Sparrow by Scot Gardner (Allen & Unwin)
      • The Silent Invasion by James Bradley (Pan Macmillan Australia)
      • Finding Nevo by Nevo Zisin (Walker Books Australia)
      • Draekora by Lynette Noni (Pantera Press)
      • My Life as a Hashtag by Gabrielle Williams (Allen & Unwin)
      • The Secret Science of Magic by Melissa Keil (Hardie Grant Egmont)

      The Shortlist will be announced on 15 January 2018, with the Category Winners and the Overall Book of the Year Winner being announced at the Leading Edge Books Annual Conference Awards Dinner to be held on Monday 26 March, 2018 in Hobart, TAS. 2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the Indie Book Awards. Come and celebrate with us.

      The winners of the 2017 Prime Minister's Literary Awards have been announced!

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      Shortlisted authors, illustrators, judges and invited guests gathered at Parliament House in Canberra today where this year’s winners were announced by Minister for the Arts, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield.

      Acknowledging the extraordinary contributions literature makes to Australia’s cultural and intellectual landscape, the Minister thanked the 15 judges who had the enormous task of considering more than 450 entries and congratulated the winners and shortlistees.

      The winners are:

      FICTION: Their Brilliant Careers, Ryan O’Neill

      POETRY: Headwaters, Anthony Lawrence

      NON-FICTION: Quicksilver, Nicolas Rothwell

      AUSTRALIAN HISTORY: Atomic Thunder: The Maralinga Story, Elizabeth Tynan

      YOUNG ADULT: Words in Deep Blue, Cath Crowley

      CHILDREN’S – JOINT WINNERS: Dragonfly Song, Wendy Orr and Home in the Rain, Bob Graham

      Natalie's Top 5 for 2017

      Natalie has been absolutely devouring books this year, and here is her top five!!

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      Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay

      From the New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist: a searingly honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself.

      I ate and ate and ate in the hopes that if I made myself big, my body would be safe. I buried the girl I was because she ran into all kinds of trouble. I tried to erase every memory of her, but she is still there, somewhere. . . . I was trapped in my body, one that I barely recognized or understood, but at least I was safe.
      In her phenomenally popular essays and long-running Tumblr blog, Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as "wildly undisciplined," Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care.

      In Hunger, she explores her past-including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life-and brings readers along on her journey to understand and ultimately save herself.

      With the bracing candor, vulnerability, and power that have made her one of the most admired writers of her generation, Roxane explores what it means to learn to take care of yourself: how to feed your hungers for delicious and satisfying food, a smaller and safer body, and a body that can love and be loved-in a time when the bigger you are, the smaller your world becomes.

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      I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes With Death by Maggie O'Farrell

      An extraordinarily intimate memoir of the the brushes with death that have made Maggie O'Farrell the woman and the writer she is today, for readers of The Last Act of Love and When Breath Becomes Air.

      I Am, I Am, I Am is Sunday Times bestseller and Costa Novel-Award winner Maggie O'Farrell's electric and shocking memoir of the near death experiences that have punctuated her life; it will appeal to readers of Cheryl Strayed's Wild or Joan Didion's A Year of Magical Thinking.

      A childhood illness she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. A terrifying encounter on a remote path. A mismanaged labour in an understaffed hospital.

      This is a memoir with a difference: seventeen encounters with Maggie at different ages, in different locations, reveal to us a whole life in a series of tense, visceral snapshots. It is a book to make you question yourself: what would you do if your life was in danger? How would you react? And what would you stand to lose?

      I Am, I Am, I Am is a book you will finish newly conscious of your own vulnerability, and determined to make every heartbeat count.

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      Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

      A compulsive, brilliant novel about race, identity, family and secrets for fans of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Zadie Smith.

      The brilliant new novel by the author of the New York Times bestseller, Everything I Never Told You.

      Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down.

      In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principal is playing by the rules.

      Enter Mia Warren an enigmatic artist and single mother who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the alluring mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

      When the Richardsons' friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town and puts Mia and Mrs. Richardson on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Mrs. Richardson becomes determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs to her own family and Mia's.

      Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak.

      'I read Little Fires Everywhere in a single, breathless sitting' Jodi Picoult

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      Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me by Bill Hayes

      A moving celebration of what Bill Hayes calls "the evanescent, the eavesdropped, the unexpected" of life in New York City, and an intimate glimpse of his relationship with the late Oliver Sacks.

      Bill Hayes came to New York City in 2009 with a one-way ticket and only the vaguest idea of how he would get by. But, at forty-eight years old, having spent decades in San Francisco, he craved change. Grieving over the death of his partner, he quickly discovered the profound consolations of the city's incessant rhythms, the sight of the Empire State Building against the night sky, and New Yorkers themselves, kindred souls that Hayes, a lifelong insomniac, encountered on late-night strolls with his camera.

      And he unexpectedly fell in love again, with his friend and neighbor, the writer and neurologist Oliver Sacks, whose exuberance "I don't so much fear death as I do wasting life," he tells Hayes early on is captured in funny and touching vignettes throughout. What emerges is a portrait of Sacks at his most personal and endearing, from falling in love for the first time at age seventy-five to facing illness and death (Sacks died of cancer in August 2015). Insomniac City is both a meditation on grief and a celebration of life. Filled with Hayes's distinctive street photos of everyday New Yorkers, the book is a love song to the city and to all who have felt the particular magic and solace it offers.

      "A beautifully written once-in-a-lifetime book, about love, about life, soul, and the wonderful loving genius Oliver Sacks, and New York, and laughter and all of creation." - Anne Lamott

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      Tin Man by Sarah Winman

      The unforgettable and achingly tender new novel from Sarah Winman, author of the international bestseller When God was a Rabbit and the Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller A Year of Marvellous Ways.

      It begins with a painting won in a raffle: fifteen sunflowers, hung on the wall by a woman who believes that men and boys are capable of beautiful things.

      And then there are two boys, Ellis and Michael, who are inseparable. And the boys become men, and then Annie walks into their lives, and it changes nothing and everything.

      Tin Man sees Sarah Winman follow the acclaimed success of When God was a Rabbit and A Year of Marvellous Ways with a love letter to human kindness and friendship, loss and living.

       

      Costa Book Awards shortlists 2017

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      The Costa Book Awards honour some of the most outstanding books of the year written by authors based in the UK and Ireland. There are five categories – First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book – with one of the five winners chosen as Book of the Year.

      Dominic Paul, managing director of Costa, says: ‘These shortlists are a showcase of everything the Costa book awards celebrate: terrific books with broad appeal that will be enjoyed by readers of all tastes.’

      Here are the shortlistees in each category.

      Novel

      • Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor
      • Under a Pole Star by Stef Penney
      • Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
      • Tin Man by Sarah Winman

      First novel

      • The Clocks in This House All Tell Different Times by Xan Brooks
      • Montpelier Parade by Karl Geary
      • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
      • The Haunting of Henry Twist by Rebecca F John

      Biography

      • Once Upon a Time in the East: A Story of Growing Up by Xiaolu Guo
      • A Bold and Dangerous Family: The Rossellis and the Fight Against Mussolini by Caroline Moorehead
      • In the Days of Rain by Rebecca Stott
      • Fragile Lives: A Heart Surgeon’s Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table by Stephen Westaby

      Poetry

      • Kumukanda by Kayo Chingonyi
      • Inside the Wave by Helen Dunmore
      • On Balance by Sinéad Morrissey
      • Useful Verses by Richard Osmond

      Children’s books

      • Moonrise by Sarah Crossan
      • Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans
      • The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
      • The Explorer by Katherine Rundell


      The category winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 2 January, 2018, and the overall winner will be revealed on 30 January, 2018. Read more about the Costa book awards here.

      2017 Most Underrated Book Award

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      The Invisible War wins the 2017 Most Underrated Book Award

      A fascinating graphic novel about microbes has been named the winner of year’s Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA). Now in its sixth year, this is a unique prize run by the Small Press Network (SPN) that celebrates hidden gems – engaging and creative books across all genres that deserve to reach a wider audience.

      The Invisible War by Ailsa Wild, Briony Barr, Gregory Crocetti, Ben Huchings and Jeremy Barr is a one-of-a-kind publication, funded through a Pozible campaign, created by a team of writers, illustrators and scientists, and combining the format and narrative of a graphic novel with science education writing.

      The story opens in France, 1916. While treating a patient with dysentery, Sister Annie Barnaby encounters a strain of lethal bacteria. As the invaders journey deep into her gut, the resident microbes must fight to survive. Annie’s life hangs in the balance. Enter the phage, deadly predators, ready to wage war to protect their host.

      The 2017 judging panel, which includes Toni Jordan, Sarah L’Estrange and Megan O’Brien, said: ‘A graphic novel about dysentery during WWI doesn’t sound like the makings of an engaging work, but The Invisible War is a cleverly created comic that’s informative, interesting and surprising…. In this book, even the bacteria go “ka-boom”. The Invisible War is an educational and entertaining book and demonstrates an exciting style of science writing that is far from textbook.’

      The Invisible War is published by Scale Free Network. Publisher and co-creator Gregory Crocetti says: ‘We’re thrilled to have won the Most Underrated Book Award. This award means a lot to a tiny publisher like ourselves, who are able to take risks to creative innovative new works, but simply don’t have the marketing budget and networks to promote it.’

      The Invisible War was shortlisted alongside three other terrific books: The Island Will Sink by Briohny Doyle (Brow Books), Loopholes by Susan McCreery (Spineless Wonders) and Horse Island by Christina Laidley Kennedy and Jason Busch (Zabriskie Books).

      The MUBA 2017 is sponsored by the Australian Booksellers Association. Find out more about the prize here.