News and Commentary

Richard Flanagan: where is leadership in Australia?

Tasmanian writer and 2014 Man Booker prizewinner Richard Flanagan is one of Australia’s most gifted public speakers. It is not surprising that one of our most successful authors crafts a beautiful speech, but he is also a man with a lot to say about many small-l liberal values we should all hold dear. In every speech or significant interview he...

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Hell hath no fury like an FBI boss scorned

One of 2018’s most anticipated political bios arrived in store this week. A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership by former FBI boss James Comey has caused a maelstrom in Washington in recent days, prompting President Trump and other agitated Republicans to denounce the author as “slippery”, “morally unfit” and a "grandstanding liar who put his own interests above America’s’’....

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The new Gail Jones is well worth the journey

Award-winning Sydney author Gail Jones returns to the “New Releases” section of our shop with her latest novel, The Death Of Noah Glass. At first glance, the book fits snuggly into the international art heist-thriller genre. But in Jones’ gifted hands, The Death of Noah Glass delves meaningfully into issues of relationships, family ties, the impact of culture and art,...

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Alexis Wright wins the Stella Prize

Tracker, Alexis Wright's vast and remarkable biography of Northern Territory Aboriginal activist Leigh Bruce ‘Tracker’ Tilmouth who died in 2015, has won this year’s Stella Prize for work by an Australian female writer. The announcement was made at a ceremony in Sydney on Thursday night earning Wright, who won the 2007 Miles Franklin Award, a cheque for $50,000. Tilmouth, part...

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Stella Prize to be announced next Thursday

The annual Stella Prize – awarded to Australian female writers of fiction and non-fiction work and worth $50,000  – will be announced at a ceremony in Sydney next Thursday, April 12.  We are delighted to report that sales of the shortlisted titles – featured above – have been strong and we congratulate all six authors, who each receive $3000 for making the final group. As Brisbane...

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Glowing praise for Tim Winton’s new novel

The local literary world is highly excited by the arrival of The Shepherd’s Hut, Tim Winton’s 12th novel. My Bookshop shares the enthusiasm,  with our bookseller Corrie describing it as “an outstanding work which is destined to feature on the shortlist of all Australia’s 2018  literary awards’’. The Shepherd’s Hut, follows the journey of Jaxie Claxton, a resilient, traumatised teenager growing up in an isolated West Australian...

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His own man? Rather

We confess to being big fans of Australian-born lawyer, human rights advocate, commentator, public intellectual and academic Geoffrey Robertson QC. The arrival of a sequel to his best-selling The Justice Game prompted a fair bit excitement and we are delighted to have the chance to recommend Rather His Own Man to customers who love true stories, the biography genre, and the remarkable...

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Strong sales for "a polished debut"

One of the big performers among our new 2018 fiction list is The Ruin by Irish-born, WA-based Dervla McTiernan.  Our bookseller Scott Noble, who has been keenly recommending the novel since it arrived in store last month, describes The Ruin as "the story of the mysterious suicide of a young man who may be connected to a crime that took place...

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