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Summer Reading Highlight

When Alex Miller first migrated to Australia from war-ravaged London in the early 1950s, he wanted to fulfil a childhood dream to live in rural Queensland and become a stockman. Writing novels was not on Miller’s roadmap. Indeed, to this 16-year-old travelling on his own, the notion of furthering his education and literacy skills must have seemed as remote as...

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Corrie's pick of the summer novels

So much luxurious reading time, and so many fine new fiction and non-fiction books! My January holiday suitcase was overloaded (as usual!) with a raft of titles suggested by my bookshop colleagues, by our customers, and by newspaper reviewers. And although I still haven’t read all the books I took away (again – as usual!), there were a couple of...

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Who is George Saunders and what is "The Bardo"?

He is 58, a former geophysical engineer, a debut novelist and short story specialist, and most of the characters in his book are dead. Plus – and this really gets up the noses of Man Booker Prize purists - George Saunders, the winner of this year’s prize for Lincoln In The Bardo, is an American. So what on earth were the judges thinking?

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Clinton memoir still a hot topic

Last Monday’s Four Corners program featuring Sarah Ferguson’s outstanding interview with 2016 Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton prompted new interest in Clinton’s memoir What Happened Continue reading

2017 Man Booker Prize Shortlist Announced

This week in London the Man Booker Prize judges announced their shortlist for 2017.  The successful novels are: 4321 by Paul Auster (US) History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund (US) ( Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (UK-Pakistan)  Elmet by Fiona Mozley (UK) Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (US)  Autumn by Ali Smith (UK) The judges said each novel on the shortlist challenged and subtly...

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Congratulations to the 2017 Miles Franklin Award Winner

On Thursday night in Sydney, Perth writer Josephine Wilson was awarded the 2017 Miles Franklin Award for her book Extinctions. The novel is about a retired widowed engineer Frederick Lothian who has moved into a retirement village determined to be miserable. A series of flashbacks and revelations keep readers wondering whether Frederick will find some kind of inner peace. As...

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