Australian Romance Readers Awards 2016 winners

The winners of the 2016 Australian Romance Readers Awards, presented by the Australian Romance Readers Association (ARRA), have been announced, with Anne Gracie named Favourite Australian Romance Author for the second year in a row. Continue reading

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2017 Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal longlist

One Hundred Letters Home (Adam Aitken, Vagabond)

The Easy Way Out (Steven Amsterdam, Hachette)

Between a Wolf and a Dog (Georgia Blain, Scribe)

Ghostspeaking (Peter Boyle, Vagabond)

Letters to Pessoa (Michelle Cahill, Giramondo)

Bull Days (Tina Giannoukous, Arcadia)

Ahead of Us (Dennis Haskell, Fremantle Press)

The High Places (Fiona McFarlane, Hamish Hamilton)

Music and Freedom (Zoe Morrison, Vintage)

Wood Green (Sean Rabin, Giramondo)

The Museum of Modern Love (Heather Rose, A&U)

Ruins (Rajith Savandasa, Hachette)

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Reading inspires courage

Pages & Pages Booksellers will donate $1 from the following titles purchased to Australian Refugee Council. ‘The best weapon against fascism, Nazism and hateful ignorance is knowledge and books’ Pages & Pages says. Continue reading

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Book Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

 

Summary

Lou Clark has lots of questions. Like how it is she’s ended up working in an airport bar, spending every shift watching other people jet off to new places. Or why the flat she’s owned for a year still doesn’t feel like home. Whether her close-knit family can forgive her for what she did 18 months ago. And will she ever get over the love of her life. What Lou does know for certain is that something has to change. Then, one night, it does. But does the stranger on her doorstep hold the answers Lou is searching for – or just more questions? Close the door and life continues: simple, ordered, safe. Open it and she risks everything. But Lou once made a promise to live. And if she’s going to keep it, she has to invite them in.
Comments
Our group loved this book!  Fantastic read!! Even when it made us cry, we still loved this book. We found the story was beautifully written.  We found all the characters relatable, from the main characters, Lou and Will, all the way down to Lou’s family.  It generated lots of “good” discussion amongst our readers and our differing views on what the title meant to each of us. It challenged our thoughts on what we thought life was worth living for.   We especially loved the connection between Lou and Will.  We cannot recommend this enough for those who love a good “chicklit” read
Rating
9 1/2
Read by Cultcha Club
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Stella Prize 2017 Longlist

The Stella Prize is presented for the best work of fiction or nonfiction by an Australian women published in the previous calendar year. The prize is named after Miles Franklin, whose first name was Stella, and was inspired by the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.

The longlist for the 2017 Stella Prize has been announced recently. Continue reading

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