Wednesday, 27 July 2011

The 2011 Australian book Industry awards

The 2011 Australian book industry award winners were announced on Monday 25th of July at a gala event hosted by comedian Alan Brough. The 20 awards honour and recognise authors, booksellers and publishers. The award winners were chosen by an academy of booksellers and publishers.

A selection of the winners were as follows:

Book of the Year was won by:
Anh Do for the Happiest Refugee
Anh also won the Newcomer of the year award and Biography of the year award for The Happiest Refugee.

Literary Fiction Book of the Year went to:
Bereft by Chris Womersley

General Non-Fiction Book of the Year was awarded to:
True Spirit by Jessica Watson

and General Fiction Book of the Year went to:
The Distant Hours by Kate Morton

For a full list of winners click here: click here

The library has a copy of each of the winning books which can be reserved by using the search catalogue feature on the right hand side of our blog.


Monday, 25 July 2011

Hypnotist by Lars Kepler

Erik Bark, a former renowned hypnotist, is persuaded by DI Joona Linna, with the approval of Dr Daniella Richards, to use hypnosis on a badly traumatized and injured boy who is the only witness to the murder of his family. Erik’s decision, after vowing 10 years ago never to use hypnosis again, has the most catastrophic consequences and puts his family in real and unimagined danger.

Ever since I read Steg Larsson’s Millenium series I have been hard pressed to find another book to keep me involved and enthralled. However, The Hypnotist is a page turning thriller that had me reading late at night not wishing to put the book down. If you think you always know what is going to happen next, this book will keep you guessing. The Hypnotist has some confronting moments that make you question what you thought would happen next. It’s a book worth reading when you have time to sit down and just keep on going.

A hugely satisfying read!


Thursday, 21 July 2011

Orange Prize Winner 2011

On the 8th of June it was announced that Serbian/American author Téa Obreht won the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction with her debut novel The Tiger's Wife. The Tiger’s Wife is a story of a young doctor working in a war-scarred Balkan country. Reaching back to World War II and then to wars that came before, it illustrates the complex history of a mysterious region, the undercurrents of suspicion and loss and the age-old secrets and superstitions that haunt contemporary life.

Tea Obreht, who is 25, was born in the former Yugoslavia and brought up by her mother and her improbably matched grandparents - a Roman Catholic from Slovenia and a Muslim from Bosnia. When civil war broke out, the family moved first to Cyprus, then to Cairo, finally settling in the US in 1997. She began the story that would become The Tiger's Wife as part of her Master's degree at Cornell University. Obreht is the youngest-ever author to win the Orange Prize.

The Orange Prize for Fiction was set up in 1996 to celebrate and promote fiction written by women throughout the world to the widest range of readers possible. The Orange Prize is awarded to the best novel of the year written in English by a woman.

For more information about the award or to read about past winners click here click here


Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Smokin' seventeen by Janet Evanovich

Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and no one knows this better than New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. Dead bodies are showing up in shallow graves on the empty construction lot of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds. No one is sure who the killer is, or why the victims have been killed, but what is clear is that Stephanie’s name is on the killer’s list. Short on time to find evidence proving the killer’s identity, Stephanie faces further complications when her family and friends decide that it’s time for her to choose between her longtime off-again-on-again boyfriend, Trenton cop Joe Morelli, and the bad boy in her life, security expert Ranger. With a cold-blooded killer after her, a handful of hot men, and a capture list that includes a dancing bear and a senior citizen vampire, Stephanie’s life looks like it’s about to go up in smoke.

As the title suggests, this is the 17th book in the Stephanie Plum series. I always look forward to reading each new Stephanie Plum book as soon as it is published as I love the crazy characters and Janet Evanovich’s easy style of writing. As usual, this one has many laugh out loud moments but, sadly, I find the series has become a bit repetitive. Having said that, I would still recommend this book to all Stephanie Plum fans but I would perhaps recommend anyone new to the series to start from book one when Janet was writing at her best.


Tuesday, 12 July 2011

2011 Prime Minister's Literary Awards: Winners Announced

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Arts Minister, Simon Crean, today announced the winners of the 2011 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards.

The fiction award was won by Stephen Daisley for his debut novel Traitor. Traitor is a story of war and love, and how each changes everything forever. It tells the story of two men, a young New Zealand soldier and a Turkish doctor, who are thrown together by war in the battle-smoke and chaos of Gallipoli.
The non-fiction award went to Rod Moss for his moving memoir The hard light of day. He has written about his life in Alice Springs as a young art teacher and his intimate friendship with the traditional owners, the Arrernte people.

The young adult fiction category was won by Cath Crowley for Graffiti Moon and the children’s fiction award went to author Boori Monty Pryor and illustrator Jan Ormerod for their picture book Shake a Leg.

Now in its fourth year, the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards recognise and reward excellence in Australian literature. This year each winner was awarded $80,000 and each shortlisted author received $5000. For more information about the awards visit click here


Monday, 11 July 2011

Armani Angels by Cate Kendall

PR guru Gemma Bristol has her finger firmly on the pulse of the Australian social scene. She regularly rubs shoulders with the country's A-listers at the glittering opening nights and exclusive launches she hosts. However, away from the shining lights of her career, life is much less glamorous. Her husband has become a stranger, her teenage son is angry and uncommunicative, and the career she has worked so hard for doesn't satisfy her anymore. Gemma needs a new direction, but when she is challenged by the grand matriarch of Melbourne philanthropy, Dame Frances Davenport, to a fundraising duel, has she chosen the wrong direction? As the charity duel heats up and the social pages buzz with excitement, Gemma faces some big questions about her future and her family that will change her life forever.

I have enjoyed all of Cate Kendall’s books and this one was no exception. The book is set in Melbourne and I must admit that I love reading novels which are set in local suburbs that I am familiar with. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a humorous, light hearted read.

Cate Kendall is the nom de plume for Age writers Lisa Blundell and Michelle Hamer who first met as private school mums over a latte in mid-2005. This is the fourth novel written by the duo.


Monday, 4 July 2011

Before I go to sleep by S.J. Watson

Before I go to sleep is the debut novel by S.J. (Steve) Watson. Every day Christine wakes up not knowing where she is. Her memories disappear every time she falls asleep. Her husband, Ben, is a stranger to her, and he's obligated to explain their life together on a daily basis--all the result of a mysterious accident that made Christine an amnesiac. With the encouragement of her doctor, Christine starts a journal to help jog her memory every day. One morning, she opens it and sees that she's written three unexpected and terrifying words: "Don't trust Ben."

This psychological thriller is packed with fascinating twists and turns that made it almost impossible for me to put down. Told exclusively from Christine's point of view, S.J. Watson pulls the reader into the disorienting world of amnesia and, along with Christine, you are not sure what to believe. This book is a real page turner which kept me guessing right to the very end. S.J. Watson is definitely an author to watch.