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23 Apr 2011

Half of the Human Race by Anthony Quinn

Jonathan Cape

This is a thoroughly enjoyable book. I do not pretend to be a cricket buff, but the game is presented as a cornerstone of English life via two of the main characters who are champions with the bat. The tock of runs scored in county cricket resonates as background noise to the plot lines. This is counter-balanced by the relentless thunder of mortar encountered during service in World War I. Service and its accompanying obedience are themes cast in unfavourable light through the shocking casualties of war. They are also called into question by the suffragettes whose increasingly militant movement is unsettling the status quo. So, the background is a particularly tumultuous time in history and the characters are particularly believable in their attempts to navigate their course through it.

BiP staff review by Sue

12 Apr 2011

2011 CBCA Book of the Year Shortlist

The Children's Book Council of Australia today announced the 2011 Book of the Year shortlist.

Among shortlisted titles are

The Midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett
The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta
Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood
Just A Dog by Michael Gerard Bauer
Vioet Mackerel's Brilliant Plot by Anna Davis
The Red Wind by Isobelle Carmody
Toppling by Sally Murphy
The Deep End by Ursula Dubosarsky
Noni The Pony by Alison Lester
Mirror by Jeannie Baker
My Uncle's Donkey by Tohby Riddle
Drawn For The Heart : A Memoir by Nicolas Brasch
The Return of the Word Spy by Ursula Dubosarsky

The full shortlist can be viewed here

Winners for each category will be announced on Friday 19th August.

2011 Orange Prize Shortlist

The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht
Room by Emma Donoghue
The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna
Great House by Nicole Krauss
Grace Williams Says It Loud by Emma Henderson
Annabel by Kathleen Winter