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25 Jun 2010

Miles Franklin Literary Award

2010 Miles Franklin Award Winner
Peter Temple - Truth

At the close of a long day, Inspector Stephen Villani stands in the bathroom of a luxury apartment high above the city. In the glass bath, a young woman lies dead, a panic button within reach.
So begins Truth, the sequel to Peter Temple’s bestselling masterpiece, The Broken Shore, winner of the Duncan Lawrie Dagger for Best Crime Novel.

17 Jun 2010

Rare & Curious: The Secret History of Governor Macquarie's Collectors' Chest by Elizabeth Ellis

Miegunyah Press/Melbourne University Publishing

In 2004 the Macquarie collector’s chest was acquired by the Mitchell Library, where it was re-united with its twin, the Dixson Galleries chest, which had been acquired by the library in 1937. The newly-arrived chest had been in storage in a Scottish castle for more than one hundred and fifty years since its departure from Australian shores in 1822. The chests had been created more as ‘cabinets of curiosities’ to display paintings and samples of fauna for pleasure. Made in part from rosewood and red cedar, both native to New South Wales, the chests are examples of the fine furniture created in the colony.  Elizabeth Ellis, has produced a fascinating, detailed investigation into the provenance of the chests. The story covers personal and professional ambition, the lives of the convict artists and craftsmen who worked on the chests and the development of skilled labour under Macquarie, all set against the background of the infant colony.

Books in Print staff review by Chris *****

We, The Drowned by Carsten Jensen

Harvill Secker

Jensen introduces the reader to the small Danish community of Marstal, a port on the island of ├ćero which was renowned for the prowess of its sailors, at the outbreak of war with Germany in 1848. What follows is an exciting romp which follows several generations of Marstallers as they pursue their fates on the high seas. The book is peopled by a number of vivid characters, including Laurids Madsen, who survives the 1848 conflict and immediately sets sail for foreign shores, and his son Albert who, years later, sets off in pursuit of his father. Albert eventually returns to Marstal, where his considerable material success is sadly offset by an unwanted gift of prescience which enables him to foresee the loss of Marstal’s ships and their crews in the First World War. Under Albert’s tutelage a young boy, Knud Erik, learns seafaring skills against the wishes of his mother Klara, the widow of a Marstal sailor. When Klara inherits Albert’s fortune she uses the money to undermine Marstal’s shipping industry to save the men from the clutches of the sea. She is angry and distraught when Knud Erik goes to sea and becomes embroiled in the naval conflict of the Second World War. Spanning a hundred years of maritime adventure, this 690-page novel creates its own world of magic.

Books in Print staff review by Chris *****   

22 Apr 2010

The Lessons by Naomi Alderman


The storyline seemed very familiar; a disparate group of first years at Oxford are invited to share a rundown mansion with fellow student Mark - wealthy, fragile and promiscuously gay. But what differentiated this novel, and had my nose firmly stuck in it for 2 days, was the quality of the writing.  The dynamics of the group, first at college and then in the ensuing years, was so well drawn for the reader - their aspirations, secrets and betrayals. The 'lessons of life' learnt, and ignored.

This is Alderman's second novel. She was named Young Writer of the Year after publication of her debut novel Disobedience.

Books in Print staff review by Deborah ****

30 Mar 2010

CBCA Award Shortlists Announced

The 2010 Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards shortlists were announced today.
Click here to see more.

Stay tuned for information on Book Week, which will be running from 21-27 August.
The theme this year is across the story bridge.

17 Mar 2010

Miles Franklin longlist announced

Lovesong by Alex Miller
The Bath Fugues by Brian Castro
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey (B fmt due May 2010)
Sons Of The Rumour by David Foster
The Book Of Emmett by Deborah Forster
Siddon Rock by Glenda Guest
Boy On A Wire by Jon Doust
Figurehead by Patrick Allington
Patrick And Oliver In America by Peter Carey
Truth by Peter Temple
Butterfly by Sonya Hartnett
The People's Train by Thomas Kenneally

Orange Prize longlist announced

Among the longlisted titles are

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
This Is How by M J Hyland
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
The Long Song by Andrea Levy
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
Small Wars by Sadie Jones

6 Mar 2010

Mother's Day Classic 2010

After finishing the 4km run in the top third last year, I have been in training for this year's 8km event. This is my opportunity to help make a difference in the lives of those women living with breast cancer now, and those who may be diagnosed in the future.

Last year, with the help of my colleagues and customers at Books in Print, I raised a grand total $2,053, putting me in the top five fundraisers in Melbourne. Please help me smash this total by making a donation at my online sponsorship page. All proceeds go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Thank you,
Kristy @ BiP

19 Feb 2010

Fancy Goods

Back in June 1921 when Bookseller+Publisher magazine was founded by D W Thorpe, it went by the name of The Australian Stationery and Fancy Goods Journal. Now we can keep up with plenty of book related news and reviews on a blog named in honour of that original unwielding-yet-charming title, written by the Bookseller+Publisher team and their friends in the trade.

You will find a link to Fancy Goods under Interesting Book Stuff on the BiP blog homepage.

Coming in March

Gravel by Peter Goldsworthy
Hamish Hamilton

A contented woman finds herself considering bizarre sexual invitation that just days before filled her with scorn. A mediocre man is pulled into a strange dance with his stalker. A father gives his daughtr a Christmas present with a disturbing history. An ugly sports parent plays a game of ridiculous chance. A young boy's music lesson offers him a discordant insight into adult behaviour. And in a primal tale about the borderline between animals and humans, death is horrifyingly not the end of the story....
Compulsively readable, pitch-perfect in mood, Gravel ponders the forces that can wear down a marriage, darken desire, and lead people to thwart their best intentions.

Read one of the stories from Gravel here.
After Nam Le's The Boat, I am thoroughly looking forward to this one! - Kristy

As predicted, I loved Gravel. Very powerful stuff. - Kristy

1 Feb 2010

Wheeler Centre to open in February

The Wheeler Centre : Books, Writing, Ideas is a new cultural institution due to open at the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne this month. The centre, named after the founders of Lonely Planet travel guides, will become a hub for Victoria's literary and publishing community, dedicated to the discussion and practice of writing and ideas through a year-round programme of talks, lectures, readings and debates. The centre will also house the Melbourne Writers' Festival, Victorian Writers' Centre, Australian Poetry Centre and Emerging Writers' Festival. 

Check it out!