Daily Archives: November 22, 2012

Costa Book Awards

The book world is agog at the shortlist for the 2012 Costa Book Awards.

Of the 20 books nominated, two are graphic novels!

The overall winner, to be announced on January 29, wins £30,000, while the category winners receive £5,000.
Here are the shortlisted books in their categories :
Costa Book of the Year

Days of the Bagnold Summer by Joff Winterhart (Graphic Novel)

Life! Death! Prizes! by Stephen May

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

The Heart Broke In by James Meek


First Novel

The Notable Brain of Maximilian Ponder by J W Ironmonger

Snake Ropes by Jess Richards

The Innocents by Francesca Segal

The Bellwether Revivals by Benjamin Wood



Dotter Of Her Father’s Eyes by Mary Talbot and Bryan Talbot (Graphic format)

Patrick Leigh-Fermor: An Adventure by Artemis Cooper

The Crocodile By The Door: The Story of a House, a Farm and a Family by Selina Guinness

Serving Victoria: Life In The Royal Household by Kate Hubbard


PoetryBee Journal by Sean Borodale

The World’s Two Smallest Humans by Julia Copus

People Who Like Meatballs by Selima Hill

The Overhaul by Kathleen Jamie

Costa Children’s Book of the YearMaggot Moon by Sally Gardner

The Seeing by Diana Hendry

What’s Up With Jody Barton? by Hayley Long

A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton


2012 Patrick White Literary Award

It must be that time of year – here’s another award.

This Australian award is presented to authors who “have made a significant but inadequately recognised contribution to Australian literature.”

The award was established by Patrick White with his prize money for the 1973 Nobel Prize. 

Amanda Lohrey is the 2012 winner of the Patrick White Literary Award and wins $23,000. The judges praised Amanda Lohrey for her “outstanding contribution to Australian literature as a fiction writer and her distinguished work as an essayist.”  They went on to say, “In her fiction, Amanda Lohrey creates memorable characters shaped by moral or ethical dilemmas and questions. Her prose style  has developed a distinctive grace and lucidity in expressing these complex issues.”

Her work includes The Morality of Gentlemen (1984), The Reading Group (1988), Camille’s Bread (1995), The Philosopher’s Doll (2004), Reading Madame Bovary (2010), Vertigo (2008), and in non-fiction Secrets (1997) (with Robert Dessaix and Drusilla Modjeska) and Groundswell: The Rise of the Greens (2002)

The most international of awards

International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

The longlist of books nominated for the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award has been announced.

Books are nominated for this award by public libraries around the world, including our own State Library of NSW. There are 154 books on the longlist, nominated by libraries in 120 cities, in 44 countries, in 19 languages making it, surely, the most international of Awards.

The State Library of NSW have nominated three books :

  • All That I Am by Anna Funder
  • Five Bells by Gail Jones
  • Foal’s Bread by Gillian Mears

You can see the full longlist of 154 here (must be the only list without Bring Up the Bodies!)

Of the several I’ve read off that list I can thoroughly recommend 3 books by some men (bringing some balance from NSW?)

  • Anatomy of a Disappearance by Hisham Matar
  • The Street Sweeper by Eliot Pearlman
  • The Sisters Brothers by Patrick de Witt.

Go and have a rootle around in the list – there’s something for everyone there. See how many you can read before the shortlist is announced in April 2013.

Fun with Books #1

The Joy of Books

Created by Sean Ohlenkamp for Type Books (Toronto, ON)

Wonder if the Library comes alive like this after we’ve all left for the day? I’d like to think it did . . .

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