Walkley Book Award 2017 Longlist

The Walkley Book Award recognises excellence in Australian nonfiction literature and long-form journalism.

This year marks the 62nd annual Walkley Awards. While you can argue about the meaning journalism in a social media and high tech age, there are still some serious journalism there to report and write for the truth after long exhausting investigation and research.

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2017 Most Underrated Book Award Shortlist

Every year, hundreds and thousands of books are published, and some are awarded. However it’s certain some fantastic books are missed out from any of famous or not too famous awards. Why we read is a very complicated and very individual. Therefore, we need diversity and dare to experience new genres and areas.

‘Celebrates hidden gems—engaging and creative books across all genres that deserve to reach a wider audience’, The Small Press Network (SPN) has announced the shortlist for the 2017 Most Underrated Book Award. Continue reading

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2017 Man Booker Prize Goes to Saunders

From the shortlist of six, US writier George Saunders has won the 2017 Man Booker Prize for his debut novel Lincoln in the Bardo.

The book was described by the judging panel as ‘utterly original’ with a ‘witty, intelligent, and deeply moving narrative’. The novel ‘focuses on a single night in the life of Abraham Lincoln: an actual moment in 1862 when the body of his 11-year-old son was laid to rest in a Washington cemetery’.

City of Parramatta Library has copies available for loan.

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Kazuo Ishiguro – The Nobel in Literature 2017

We haven’t posted this until now. It’s not that we didn’t notice it. Actually I saw the news in the first instance. I’m not surprised, although this prize, always evokes a lot of discussion.

Kazuo Ishiguro is one of my favourites. Born in Japan, he moved to UK when he was five, Ishiguro’s writing has some very English subtlety and excellency. He writes in various areas and you just can’t categorise him into any genre. If his very famous work ‘The remains of the day’, the Man Booker winning title, expressed the regret and compassion for past human conditions, then his ‘Never let me go’ explores the possibility of lost humanity in the future.

 

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Librarian’s Choice – October 2017

The top 10 titles of recently published books, as chosen by Librarians around Australia is out now – why not reserve a copy.

The Greatest Gift – Rachael Johns

Mother: Female parent of a child
Mum: The woman who nurtures, raises and loves a child

The poignant, heartwarming story of two women: one who wants nothing else than to be a mum, and one who never wanted to be a mother.

The Trauma Cleaner – Sarah Krasnostein

Before she was a trauma cleaner, Sandra Pankhurst was many things: husband and father, drag queen, gender reassignment patient, sex worker, small businesswoman, trophy wife…But as a little boy, raised in violence and excluded from the family home, she just wanted to belong. Now she believes her clients deserve no less.

Two Steps Forward – Graeme Simsion & Anne Buist

Zoe, a sometime artist, is from California. Martin, an engineer, is from Yorkshire. Both have ended up in picturesque Cluny, in central France. Both are struggling to come to terms with their recent past—for Zoe, the death of her husband; for Martin, a messy divorce.
Looking to make a new start, each sets out alone to walk two thousand kilometres from Cluny to Santiago, in northwestern Spain, in the footsteps of pilgrims who have walked the Camino—the Way—for centuries. The Camino changes you, it’s said. It’s a chance to find a new version of yourself.

First Person – Richard Flanagan

A young and penniless writer, Kif Kehlmann, is rung in the middle of the night by the notorious con man and corporate criminal, Siegfried Heidl. About to go to trial for defrauding the banks of $700 million, Heidl proposes a deal: $10,000 for Kehlmann to ghost write his memoir in six weeks.
But as the writing gets under way, Kehlmann begins to fear that he is being corrupted by Heidl. As the deadline draws closer, he becomes ever more unsure if he is ghost writing a memoir, or if Heidl is rewriting him—his life, his future.

Nevermoor – Jessica Townsend – Librarian’s Choice Favourite!

Morrigan Crow is a cursed child, doomed to die on the last night of the age, Eventide. But before she can meet her untimely end, she is whisked away by the strange and colourful Jupiter North, who takes her to a magical, secret city called Nevermoor.

The Rules of Magic – Alice Hoffman

In this sparkling prequel to Practical Magic, we meet sisters Frances and Jet and Vincent, their brother. From the beginning their mother Susanna knew they were unique: Franny with her skin as pale as milk and blood red hair, who could commune with birds; Jet as shy as she is beautiful, who knows what others are thinking, and Vincent so charismatic that he was built for trouble. Susanna needed to set some rules of magic: no walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles and certainly, absolutely, no books about magic…

Danger Music – Eddie Ayres

In Danger Music, Eddie takes us through the bombs and chaos of Kabul, into the lives of the Afghan children who are transported by Bach, Abba, Beethoven and their own exhilarating Afghan music, teaching cello to orphans and street kids. Alongside these epic experiences, Emma determines to take the final steps to secure her own peace; she becomes the man always there inside – Eddie.

The Life to Come – Michelle de Kretser

Set in Sydney, Paris and Sri Lanka, The Life to Come is a mesmerising novel about the stories we tell and don’t tell ourselves as individuals, as societies and as nations.
Pippa is a writer who longs for success. Celeste tries to convince herself that her feelings for her married lover are reciprocated. Ash makes strategic use of his childhood in Sri Lanka but blots out the memory of a tragedy from that time. Driven by riveting stories and unforgettable characters, here is a dazzling meditation on intimacy, loneliness and our flawed perception of other people.

 

Force of Nature – Jane Harper

Five women reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking along the muddy track. Only four come out the other side. The hike through the rugged Giralang Ranges is meant to take the office colleagues out of their air-conditioned comfort zone and teach resilience and team building. At least that is what the corporate retreat website advertises.
Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a particularly keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing bushwalker. Alice Russell is the whistleblower in his latest case – and Alice knew secrets.

 

 

 

 

The Passage of Love – Alex Miller

Sitting in a New York park, an old man holds a book and tries to accept that his contribution to the future is over. Instead, he remembers a youthful yearning for open horizons, for Australia, a yearning he now knows inspired his life as a writer. Instinctively he picks up his pen and starts at the beginning…

 

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