Wednesday, 23 June 2010


Last night the winner of this years Miles Franklin award - one of Australia's most prestigious literary awards - was announced. The winner was the amazing crime novel Trust, by Peter Temple. It is set during a sweltering summer, as Bush fires rage across Victoria and Inspector Stephen Villani (who made a brief appearance in Temple's previous novel The Broken Shore) is the head of the Victorian homicide squad. He is a man who is good at his job, but bad at managing his personal life and relationships. And throughout the book he must face many truths - the truths behind a series of crimes, the truth about his colleagues, and the truth about his family and his relationships with his daughter, brothers and father.

For more information about the award click here.

Check library Catalogue for Truth.

The orange prize for literature was also recently awarded. The prize is for excellence, oringinality and accessability in writing by women. This year the award went to Barbara Kingsolver for The Lacuna. It is an epic saga that crosses from Mexico to the U.S. and touches on important historical events, from the Mexican Revolution to World War II, and encounters with historical characters including Frida Khalo and Leon Trotsky.

Check Catalogue for The Lacuna.

For more information about the award click here.

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Lush Life by Richard Price

Lush Life is set in the rapidly gentrifying Lower East Side of Manhattan, where trendy bars and restaurants mingle with housing projects. The story centres around a mugging gone wrong, looking at this crime from every aspect - from the perspective of the police, the victims and the perpetrators. The books primary focus is not figuring out who did the crime, but rather an examination of the repercussions.

Richard Price is a writer on the amazing, gritty TV Series The Wire, and this book conveys a similar realism, language, and examination of characters and society.


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Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Ray: Stories of my Life by Ray Martin

I was very keen to read about Ray Martin because I've always liked his style of reporting and interviewing whether it was news, current affairs or important events.

It was very interesting to read about his childhood, his abusive drunken father and his close relationship with his mother and sisters, resulting in a very nomadic life always moving from place to place. He became successful through sheer hard work and dilegence. In this day and age when in many instances fame leads to affairs, drugs etc. it is refreshing to know Ray is a loving and faithful husband and a devoted father to his children. The book also gives you a good insight into the world of Television where ratings play a predominant part.

A very enjoyable read.