The First Page ~ The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Last week we were all very excited to hear of Tasmanian author Richard Flanagan’s Man Booker win with his recent novel – a book I’ve had on my shelf since watching the discussion about it on the ABC’s The Book Club in December 2013 (back when I wasn’t working and could stay up past 10pm […]

Celebrating Miles Franklin

Today (14th October) is Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin‘s 135th birthday, which I learnt thanks to Google’s main search page. (There’s a name they have for those special occasion designs but I can’t remember what it is.) Better known as Miles Franklin, she is best known for her classic 1901 novel, My Brilliant Career. […]

Literary Prize Winners - 2013 Round-up

Literary awards can be great not just for the authors but also for readers looking for something new to read. The best thing about them? They’re often very divisive. You don’t have to like them, you don’t have to agree if they won, but guaranteed they’ll have you talking or thinking about them. They can […]

Man Booker Prize shortlist 2012

The 2012 Man Booker Prize shortlist was announced this week, and while I never try to read them all or anything, I do like to keep track – especially as I often learn about “new” books from these award lists.

The six books on the shortlist are:

The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan […]

Help me pick a book!

I’m so excited, I just found out that I won the Random Reader Debut Novel Challenge! If you remember, I read The Age of Miracles, Care of Wooden Floors and Every Day, Every Hour for the challenge – Care of Wooden Floors was my favourite of the three.

But here’s where I need your help: […]

The Miles Franklin Award - 2012 Longlist

The Miles Franklin Award’s longlist for 2012 was announced recently, and here are the contenders for Australia’s most prestigious literary award (the images are links to The Book Depository):

KATE GRENVILLE Sarah Thornhill Historical Fiction

From the synopsis: Sarah is the daughter of ex-convict William Thornhill, and lives with her family on the banks […]

Canada Reads 2012

The five panellists and their chosen books for Canada Reads was announced today: hosted by Jian Ghomeshi and CBC, Canada Reads is an annual reading event where five Canadian personalities pick a Canadian book to champion as the book everyone should be reading. It’s also a national read-along, which encourages us to read the […]

Giveaway Winner & Orange Prize Shortlist

The winner of my blogoversary giveaway is (drum roll please)…

Jessica (On a Pale Star)

Jessica reviews mostly Speculative Fiction on her blog, both Fantasy and Sci-Fi for different age groups, and her reviews have led me to squeeze still more books on my groaning shelves. I think we met through the Book Blogger Hop, […]