Peter FitzSimons is a journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald. He is also a regular TV commentator, a former radio presenter (very successfully, with Mike Carlton on Radio 2UE) and is also a former national representative rugby union player. Peter is the author of 25 books, including Tobruk, Kokoda, Batavia, Mawson and the Ice Men of the Heroic Age, and biographies of Nancy Wake‚ Kim Beazley‚ Nick Farr-Jones‚ Les Darcy, Steve Waugh and John Eales. Peter is Australia’s biggest-selling non-fiction author of the last ten years. He was named a Member of the Order of Australia for service to literature as a biographer, sports journalist and commentator, and to the community through contributions to conservation, disability care, social welfare and sporting organisations. Continue reading
The 2013 Walkley Book Award will acknowledge the work produced by an Australian journalist or writer, published in the year from September 1, 2012 to August 30, 2013.
Journalism has long been a breeding ground for fine authors. The Walkley Book Award celebrates the value and importance of journalism and acknowledges the proud line-up of Australian writers who have taken subjects of enduring topicality and consequence from news bulletins, eye-witness reporting, investigations and historical records and provided readers with expanded factual detail, revelation and greater clarity of analysis in book form.
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Man Booker has announced its 2013 winner, the youngest ever winner, Eleanor Catton for her 2nd novel The luminaries.
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Canadian writer Alice Munro wins 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature 2013 for her short stories. As the jury praised her ‘‘finely tuned storytelling, which is characterised by clarity and psychological realism”. Many of Munro’s stories are set in Huron County, Ontario. Her strong regional focus is one of the features of her fiction. Another is the omniscient narrator who serves to make sense of the world.
82 years old Alice Munro has written about 14 short story books and has won Man Booker International and Commonwealth Writers Prize in previous years and many other awards.
Parramatta City Library has some of Alice Munro‘s titles for loan.