2010 Miles Franklin Literary Awards Shortlist

This year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlist has been announced. The winner will be announced on 22 June.

Lovesong by Alex Miller

The Bath Fugues by Brian Castro

JasperJones by Craig Silvey

The Book of Emmett by Deborah Forster

Truth by Peter Temple

Butterfly by Sonya Hartnett

You can join Parramatta City Library to be a member and borrow those wonderful books home. You can also check the library online catalogue and to reserve the titles you’d like to borrow online.

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The 2010 Orange Prize

The 2010 Orange Prize has announced its long and short list recently, as well as its shortlist for new writers.  

The longlist & shortlist for fiction

The Very Thought of You by Rosie Alison (shortlisted for fiction)

The Rehearsal by Eleanor Catton

Savage Lands byClare Clark

Hearts and Minds by Amanda Craig

The Way Things Look to Me by Roopa Farooki

The Twisted Heart by Rebecca Gowers

This is How by M J Hyland

Small Wars by Sadie Jones

The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver (shortlist for fiction)

Secret Son by Laila Lalami

The Long Song by Andrea Levy

Black Water Rising by Attica Locke (shortlisted for fiction)

Wolf Hall by  Hilary Mantel (shortlisted for fiction)

The Wilding by Maria McCann

Black Mamba Boy by  Nadifa Mohamed

A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore (shortlist for fiction)

The White Woman on the Green Bicycle by Monique Roffey (shortlisted for fiction)

The Still Point by Amy Sackville

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

Orange Award for New Writers 2010 shortlist

The Book of Fires by Jane Borodale
The Boy Next Door by Irene Sabatini
After The Fire, A Still Small Voice by Evie Wyld

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Recent Book Prizes and Awards

Commonwealth Writers’ Prize

Best Book Winner

Solo by Rana Dasgupta (The UK)

Best First Book Winner

Siddon Rock by Glenda Guest


Regional Winners


Best First Book –

I Do Not Come to You by Chance by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubeni


Best Book –

Double Crown by Marie Heese

(South Africa)

The Caribbean and Canada

Best First Book –

Under this unbroken sky by Shandi Mitchell (Canada)

Best Book –

Galore by Michael Crummey


South Asia and Europe

Best First Book

In other rooms, other wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin


Best Book –

Solo by Rana Dasgupta

(The UK )

South East Asia and Pacific

Best First Book –

Siddon Rock by Glenda Guest (Australia)

Best Book –

The adventures of Vela by Albert Wendt (Samoa)

South East Asia and Pacific

Best Book Shortlist

Summertime by J.M Coetzee


A Good Land by Nada Awar Jarrar


The Adventures of Vela by Albert Wendt (Samoa)

Singularity by Charlotte Grimshaw

(New Zealand)

The People’s Train by Thomas Keneally


Parrot and Oliver in America by Peter Carey (Australia)

Best First Book Shortlist

The Ice Age by Kirsten Reed


After the fire, a still small voice by Evie Wyld


Look Who’s Morphing by Tom Cho


Document Z by Andrew Croome


Come Inside by Glenys Osborne


Siddon Rock by Glenda Guest


The shortlist of the 2010 IMPAC

The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker

(Dutch) in translation

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

(French) in translation

Zodiac Light by Robert Edric


Settlement by Christoph Hein

(German) in translation

The Believers by Zoë Heller


Netherland by Joseph O’Neill


God’s Own Country by Ross Raisin


Home by Marilynne Robinson


NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Shortlist 2010

Christina Stead Prize for Fiction

Summertime by J.M. Coetzee

Wanting by Richard Flanagan

The World Beneath by Cate Kennedy

88 Lines about 44 Women by Steven Lang

Ransom by David Malouf

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

Douglas Stewart Prize For Non-Fiction

The Water Dreamers by Dr Michael Cathcart

Churchill and Australia by Graham Freudenberg

Piano Lessons by Dr Anna Goldsworthy

The Wolf by Richard Guilliatt & Peter Hohnen

Kill Khalid by Paul McGeough

Up from the Mission: Selected by Noel Pearson

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Author talk – Jodie Hedley-Ward: a sexy mother

When she became a mother herself, Jodie Hedley-Ward failed to find any book that supported her own beliefs about what motherhood could, and should, be, so she set about writing one herself. You sexy mother was the triumphant result.

since then, thousands of women have read and aborbed the you sexy mother philosophy, then sought further information and contact with other women through the author’s busy website yousexymother.com.au

Jodie has also received hundreds of emails from women whose lives have been positively changed ghrough reading the book and by adapting many of the practical suggestions to their own lives.

Inspired by these women, Jodie created you sexy mother: the journal, a beautiful but practical follow up to her first book, offering sensible advice on self-perception, self respect, the importance of relationships, simplifying your life, creativity through motherhood and making use of community resources.

The jornal is also a workbook, containing numerous reflection questions, quotes and thoughts designed to stimulate inner growth and change. Jodie has also updated the transformational ten-day turnaround plan that appeared in her first book, making this book even more useful.

Judie hedley-Ward has several degrees including a master of business, and worked as a marketing executive around the world, before marriage to David and two children. She’s an Australian author and lives in Queesland.

Judie is coming to Parramatta City Library for the First Wed Author talk on May, 5th.  Come and join us for this fascinating talk.

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Review of Reborn: Early Diaries 1947-1964 by Susan Sontag

                                                                                                       Katherine’s pick

Susan Sontag was one of the great intellectuals of her generation.  She is considered an authority on American Popular culture.

She wrote books of essays, novels and a well known book on photography.

Her son, David, edited her first diary and it is a fascinating account of the coming of age of a precious and brilliant mind.  It begins when she is just 14 years old and charts her impressions, thoughts and ambitions as a university student, her young married life, motherhood and finally her escape from a suffocating marriage.  Finally it places her squarely into the milieu her future life will follow – that of intellectuals, free thinkers, academics, writers and artists, first in Paris and later is New York City.

Sontag is fearlessly and rigorously honest to herself in these diaries and espouses her credo throughout which is "That the most important thing in the world is freedon to be true to oneself".

Sontag sadly died in 2004 having fulfilled most of her life’s ambitions.  Always a great role model for young women, she proved that a satisfying and successful career could be forged in the world of letters, no matter who you were, just as long as you believed ijn yourself and strived to be the best you could be.  This publication is the first of three volumes.

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