Man Booker International Prize

Man Booker International Prize goes to a Canadian writer Alice Munro.

The new Man Booker International Prize is awarded every two years in recognition of a writer’s overall contribution to fiction on the world stage.

This year’s winner was chosen from a shortlist of 14 authors from 12 countries, which included Peter Carey (Australia), EL Doctorow (USA), Mario Vargas Llosa (Peru) and VS Naipaul (Trinidad/India).

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What’s New – Adult Fiction

What’s new at Parramatta City Library? Well, here are staff’s picks. Some are already available for loan and some are coming soon. (Check any available copies by going through the links to the library’s online catalogue).


The house of special purpose
by John Boyne

The housekeeper + the professor
By Yoko Ogawa

Jasper Jones
By Craig Silvey

Angel’s game
By Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Handle with care
By Jodi Picoult

By Colm Toibin

By David Malouf

The boat
By Nam Le


The girl who played with fire
By Stieg Larsson

The murder farm
By Andrea Maria Schenkel

The redeemer
By Jo Nesbo

By Mark Billingham

The scarecrow
by Michael Connelly

The associate
by John Grisham

Punter’s turf
By Peter Klein

Beautiful death
By Fiona McIntosh

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Australian Book Industry Awards 2009

Bookseller Marketing Campaign of the Year

Avid Reader, for Growing Up Asian in Australia, written by Alice Pung
Avid Reader, for Wild Tea Cosies, written by Loani Prior
Pages & Pages Booksellers Mosman, for The Given Day, written by Dennis Lehane
Readings Books Music Film Carlton, for The Boat, written by Nam Le
Robinson’s Bookshop, for Brisingr, written by Christopher Paolini

Book of the Year

Breath, written by Tim Winton
Tales From Outer Suburbia, written by Shaun Tan
The Boat, written by Nam Le
The Slap, written by Christos Tsiolkas
The Tall Man, written by Chloe Hooper

Newcomer of the Year (debut writer)

A Beautiful Place to Die, written by Malla Nunn
I Dream of Magda, written by Stefan Laszczuk
Never Say Die, written by Chris O’Brien
The Boat, written by Nam Le
The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow, written by A.J. Mackinnon

Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2009

Breath, written by Tim Winton
The Boat, written by Nam Le
The Lieutenant, written by Kate Grenville
The Slap, written by Christos Tsiolkas
The Spare Room, written by Helen Garner

General Fiction Book of the Year

A Beautiful Place to Die, written by Malla Nunn
All Together Now, written by Monica McInerney
How To Break Your Own Heart, written by Maggie
The Build Up, written by Phillip Gwynne
The Forgotten Garden, written by Kate Morton

General Non-Fiction Book of the Year

1788, written by David Hill
Life in His Hands, written by Susan Wyndham
The Tall Man, written by Chloe Hooper
The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow, written by A.J. Mackinnon
What’s Happening to Our Girls, written by Maggie Hamilton

Biography of the Year

I am Melba, written by Ann Blainey, published by Black Inc.
Never Say Die, written by Chris O’Brien, published by HarperCollins Publishers Australia
Stella Miles Franklin: A Biography, written by Jill Roe, published by HarperCollins Publishers Australia
The Lucy Family Alphabet, written by Judith Lucy, published by Penguin Australia
The Man Who Owns the News, written by Michael Wolff, published by Random House Australia

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The girl who played with fire

The girl who played with fire by Stieg Larsson

I had waited this book for so long and I couldn’t wait any more. So I read it in a few evenings, although the book is as thick as a brick, almost 600 pages.

The book is a sequel to ‘The girl with the dragon tattoo’, which I equally enjoyed before. The book is written by a Swedish author Stieg Larsson.

Stieg Larsson was a journalist before becoming a novelist. Therefore his style of writing combines parallel lines of plots and a lot details, with some very fascinating characters.

A young and tiny girl, Salander, no taller than one meter and fifty centimetres, and weigh less than forty KG, was forced to be a heroine. The book exposes a society that systematically fails to protect those who are the most vulnerable, such as women and children. A society as such, is to leave people like Salander to suffer from both physical, and mental abuse by the power of authorities, first from the educational system, then the health system, followed by the social welfare system and the political system, was quite unacceptable and unbearable. Worse still are the acts of authorities who use their power to cover all those violence and brutality. Under this reality, the investigation of series murders wrongly turns its direction to Salander which complicates the plots. It seems the author forces himself to a dead corner very often. However he always manages to turn the things around in triumph. That’s the beauty of the book.

Salander fights back, with her extreme computer and research skills, also with her very few true friends stand by. That is a mostly exciting part of the book that makes me feel good about humanity.

It is a thriller/crime fiction. It is so much in tense and I couldn’t put it down mostly. But sometimes I felt I couldn’t read further either, because my heart was aching for the girl.

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June discussion

The 1st Wednesday Reading Group discussed Tim Winton‘s ‘The turning‘ in June.
Tim Winton is an acclaimed Australian author and has written great deal of books in recent years. He has won quite few literature awards.

Some members in the group didn’t enjoy Winton’s writing, but thought the book was rather clever written, especiall his characters were very well done and stories were interwaven.

Someone thought Michael Leunig reminds her of Tim Winton.
Some members liked Tim Winton’s books and would like to read ‘The turning’ again because they thought he wrote very well – haunting, melancholy and bleak but thought provoking. Life is a struggle really. The small town in ‘The turning’ struggles.

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