Book Review: In Two Minds: A Novel

In Two Minds - A Novel is a work of fiction by Australian Professor Gordon Parker.

Title: In Two Minds: A Novel Author: Gordon Parker Genre: Fiction Publisher: Simon and Schuster Release Date: April 1, 2017 Pages: 320 I can more or less guarantee that you know someone for whom this book will be important and inspiring. There’s a very strong chance that person will be you. ~ Stephen Fry Synopsis:

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The Hero Returns

A writing retreat can support writers at each stage of their journey.

Artists and writers often need to retreat from the world or go on a sabbatical. Sometimes these periods away from the outside world are by our own volition to recharge our creative batteries such as going on artists’ and writers’ retreats but other times life events such as bereavement, illness or mental health challenges force

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PRH Announces New Australian Literary Prize

PRH announces inaugural Australian Literary Prize.

A new literary prize worth $20,000 for an unpublished manuscript has been announced by Penguin Random House (PRH) Australia to mark the formation of the publisher’s new literary division. The inaugural literary Prize is open to all Australian residents aged 18 and above, with entrants asked to provide a synopsis, pitch document and full manuscript.

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Sebastian Barry Wins IBW Book Award

Sebastian Barry is an Irish writer and author of Days Without End.

Irish author Sebastian Barry has been announced as the winner of the annual IBW Book Award, Adult Category, for his novel Days Without End. His win kicks off the Independent Bookshop Week (IBW) and is the second consecutive year that the award has gone to an Irish writer – Anne Enright winning in 2016 for

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José Eduardo Agualusa Wins International Dublin Literary Award

José Eduardo Agualusa won the International Dublin Literary Award for his novel A General Theory of Oblivion.

José Eduardo Agualusa has won the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award for his novel A General Theory of Oblivion, translated from Portuguese by Daniel Hahn. The Angolan author scooped the €100,000 (£88,000) prestigious literary award which is the world’s largest prize for a single novel published in English. A General Theory of Oblivion tells the

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Sebastian Barry Wins Walter Scott Prize

Sebastian Barry is an Irish writer and author of Days Without End.

Sebastian Barry has won the Walter Scott Prize for his Historical Fiction novel, Days Without End. It is the second time the Irish writer has won the prize. His previous novel On Canaan’s Side was a winner in 2012. Sebastian Barry who was born in 1955 and is also a playwright and poet is considered

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Winner of Booksellers Choice Award Announced

The Birdman’s Wife is novel by Australian author, Melissa Ashley.

The Australian Booksellers Association has announced Melissa Ashley’s novel The Birdman’s Wife (Affirm) as the winner of the (ABA) Booksellers Choice Award at the 2017 ABA conference awards in Melbourne. Ashley’s novel was chosen from a shortlist of six. The Booksellers Choice Award recognises Australian new-release titles that booksellers most enjoyed reading, marketing and bookselling

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Miles Franklin Literary Award 2017 Shortlist

Miles Franklin Literary Award is an Australian award which recognises Australian novels.

Photo courtesy of Miles Franklin Literary Award The Miles Franklin Literary Award has revealed its shortlist for 2017. Regarded as Australia’s most prestigious literary prize, the award was established in 1957 by the estate of My Brilliant Career author Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin to recognise novels which reflect ‘Australian life in any of its

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Book Review: Floating Upstream

Floating Upstream is a coming-of-age novel by Australian author, Jo Vraca.

Title: Floating Upstream Author: Jo Vraca Genre: Coming-of-Age Publisher: Intangible Publishing Release Date: June 3, 2015 Format: Digital & Paperback Pages: 268 Julia Marconi has a simple dream–to get out of Goldburne, the stinking hot town in rural Australia, where she’s followed the rules her whole life. She dreams of adventures far away from her

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Billy O’Callaghan on Writing His Début Novel

Billy O'Callaghan is an Irish short fiction writer and author.

Billy O’Callaghan was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1974. He is the author of three short story collections: ‘In Exile’ (2008) and ‘In Too Deep’ (2009), both published by Mercier Press, and ‘The Things We Lose, the Things We Leave Behind’ (2013) published by New Island Books. His first novel, The Dead House, was published

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Dublin Writers’ Conference 2017

The Dublin Writer’s Conference gathers self-published and traditionally published authors to discuss the craft of writing and the business of publishing.

The third Annual Dublin Writers’ Conference has announced its line-up of authors and will take on 23rd – 25th June, in The Academy Plaza Hotel, Findlater Place, Dublin 1, Ireland. The theme for this year’s conference is Unlock Your Potential. The Dublin Writer’s Conference gathers self-published and traditionally published authors together for panel sessions on

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Australian Booksellers of the Year 2017 Finalists

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) promotes the interests of booksellers in Australia.

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) have announced their 2017 Booksellers of the Year awards. The Bookseller of the Year finalists are: Nadine Allan (Better Read Than Dead) Leanne Hall (Readings) Rebecca Hutcheson (Avenue Bookstore) John Purcell (Booktopia) Joanna Rogers (Torquay Books) Catherine Schulz (Fullers Bookshop) The Young Bookseller of the Year finalists are: Stephanie Beck

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Kim Kelly Celebrates 10 Years as an Author

Kim Kelly is an Australian writer and the author of four novels.

Much loved Australian author, Kim Kelly, is celebrating 10 years since the publication of her first novel, Black Diamonds. Beautifully repackaged, Black Diamonds is being relaunched on 1 July 2017, along with all her earlier novels, This Red Earth, The Blue Mile and Paper Daisies. Originally from Sydney, today Kim lives on a patch of

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A Survey of Australian Reading Habits

Photo of a man reading a book as part of the #ManReads campaign.

The following survey provides insights into contemporary preferences, behaviours and attitudes of Australians towards books and reading. The Australia Council has partnered with Macquarie University on this third and final stage of their three-year research project titled ‘The Australian Book Industry: Authors, Publishers and Readers in a Time of Change’. Key Findings – Australians value

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Book Review: The Dead House

The Dead House is a début novel from Irish award winning author, Billy O'Callaghan.

Title: The Dead House Author: Billy O'Callaghan Publisher: Brandon Release Date: May 1, 2017 Format: Digital & Hardback Pages: 208 Synopsis: Attempting to rebuild her life after a violent relationship, Maggie Turner, a successful young artist, moves from London to Allihies and buys an ancient abandoned cottage. Keen to concentrate on her art, she is

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NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2017 Winners

The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards were established in 1979 to celebrate the achievement of Australian writers.

The 2017 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards have been announced at a ceremony at the State Library of NSW on 22 May. The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards have a proud history, both in celebrating achievement by Australian writers and in helping to establish values and standards in Australian literature.  The winners were chosen from shortlists announced

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PM’s Literary Awards Open for Submissions

The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlist for 2016 has been announced.

Entries are now open for the 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Award which is marking 10 years of celebrating great contemporary Australian literature. $100,000 will be awarded in each category with $80,000 for each winner and $5,000 for each shortlisted entry. All prize money is tax free. Applications are open for six categories: Fiction Non-fiction Australian

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Australian Book Industry Awards 2017 Shortlists

The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) have announced their shotlisted books for 2017.

The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) have announced their shotlisted books for 2017. The 17th Annual ABIAs celebrate Australian Stories in all forms, from Indigenous communities’ storytelling traditions that have been alive for thousands of years, to great Australian books published throughout the 21st century. Authors and Books in Each Category: General Fiction Book of

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