ALS Gold Medal Long List


Association for the Study of Australian Literature


ALS Gold Medal Long List announced


Over eighty titles were submitted, a group that represents both the quality and diversity of Australian literary publishing. 

Lola Bensky by Lily Brett                     

Montebello by Robert Drewe             

Like a house on fire by Cate Kennedy

 The engagement by Chloe Hooper      

The light between oceans by M L Stedman          

The fine colour of rust by P A O’Reilly

The history of books by Gerald Murnane       

Lost voices by Christopher Koch 

The mountain by Drusila Modieska

Questions of travel by Michelle De Kretser

The Darkness on the Edge of Town – by Jessie Cole

Cumulus: Collected Poems – Robert Gray


The Short List will be announced on March 18, 2013


The Women’s Prize for Fiction Longlist 2013

The Women’s Prize for fiction, previously known as the Orange Prize, has announced the twenty titles on its longlist for 2013.

The Women’s Prize for fiction is awarded for the best novel of the year written by a woman.

Any woman writing in English – whatever her nationality, country of residence, age or subject matter – is eligible.

The shortlist will be announced on the 16 April 2013 and the winner who will receive a prize of £30, 000 will be announced on the 5 June 2013.

A great list of books; some are already really popular among Library members.

Any copies not held within the Library have been ordered and can be reserved online once they become available.

Click on the links below to reserve titles already part of Parramatta Library’s collection. Continue reading

2nd Tuesday Evening Book Group Notes – March 2013

Foals Bread by Gillian Mears

Review main contain plot spoilers.

The group had mixed reactions to this book. One group member, who grew up in the same area as the author felt that the area and period had been really well depicted.

Many of the characters depicted are emotionally stunted which often makes the novel bleak. Some group members have surmised that the “disease” that Rowley develops may be Multiple Sclerosis which the author has. Continue reading

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1st Wednesday Book Club

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

 All plot spoilers have been omitted from the comments.

Most of the group didn’t enjoy the book, especially the story line, e.g. contrived, too predictable, especially the ending. Even those who liked it thought it was lightweight, formulaic.

It was thought the author didn’t draw out the characters very well, especially their motives.

However, the story of the lighthouse lifestyle was extremely interesting.

The moral dilemma wasn’t drawn out well enough.

The Stella Prize Longlist 2013

And the WINNER is Carrie Tiffany for Mateship with Birds





 This year’s Stella Prize longlist has been announced and Parramatta City Library has ordered all titles. You can reserve online once they become available for loan. Continue reading