Evie Wyld wins 2014 Miles Franklin Literary Award for All the Birds, Singing.

So thrilled about this! As I’ve said, probably ranted, before — I fell in love with All the Birds, Singing when I read/reviewed it last year over at the Newtown Review of Books (review appears below) so, was delighted to find out it had won the Miles Franklin this year. I confess I was on […]

Boy, Lost: A family memoir by Kristina Olsson #AWW14

  It’s wonderful to list the accolades this amazing book continues to attract: Joint winner 2014 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards – Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction Shortlisted 2014 Stella Prize Shortlisted 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, Non-Fiction Award Winner 2013 Queensland Literary Awards,  Non-Fiction Award Shortlisted 2013 Queensland Literary Awards, Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year […]

The Hanging of Minnie Thwaites by Judith Rodriguez

I am Minnie Thwaites. I am under Melbourne. Wherever lime goes, where it seeps, where the sour juices of the city are carried down, under bluestone. I am under the paved yard, under the walls. Some of the walls are down now. I am under streets, and people walk the walled yards and the slab […]

The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness

A story never ends at the end. There is always after … No, a story is not an explanation, it is a net, a net through which the truth flows. The net catches some of the truth but all, never all … Patrick Ness first heard the Japanese folk tale about the crane wife from […]

The Search for Anne Perry: The Hidden Life of a Bestselling Crime Writer by Joanne Drayton

  Heavenly Creatures, Peter Jackson’s eerie film about the Parker-Hulme murder (starring Kate Winslet) is not easily forgotten. Set in 1954 in Christchurch, New Zealand, it tells the bizarre true story of two teenage best friends, Pauline Parker (aged 15) and Juliet Hulme (16), who planned and carried out the brutal, cold-blooded murder of Pauline’s […]

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