News and Commentary

Golden Booker win brings new readers to The English Patient

News last weekend that Michael Ondaatje’s 1992 modern classic The English Patient won the Golden Booker Prize has resulted in a global spike in sales and renewed interest in the author’s oeuvre. My Bookshop still has several copies of the 2004 Bloomsbury edition in stock. And we will be ordering plenty of the new edition (pictured above) with the Golden...

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Vale John Julius Norwich

My Bookshop was sad to hear the news from London last weekend that writer and broadcaster John Julius Norwich has died aged 88. Over the nine years since we opened our store we have recommended with enthusiasm various non-fiction books by Viscount Norwich. Many of our customers will have on their bookshelves (and we feel certain they are well-thumbed) copies...

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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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