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Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards announced

The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards were announced last night. Conceived by the State Government in 1985 to honour Australian writing, the awards cover seven categories with each winner receiving $25,000, and the winner of the Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript receiving $15,000. The Victorian Prize for Literature, worth an additional $100,000, is then awarded to one of the seven category...

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This week at My Bookshop

It’s been a buzzy week at My Bookshop. New August releases are arriving daily, the publisher reps have been visiting with their bountiful October and November booklists, Corrie is in planning mode for My Bookshop’s new book podcast (more on this later this month), and work has started on our annual Summer Reading Guide, due in October.  Adding to this...

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Man Booker longlist announced

The announcement this week of the Man Booker Prize longlist caused considerable consternation among publishing circles. While the decision to include books by seven women writers among the 13 novels was universally applauded, many observers are asking if the world’s most prestigious literary award has lost its way by focusing on buzz themes and edgy young UK and US writers...

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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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