Women’s Prize for Fiction (previously the Orange Prize) shortlist 2013

Posted on April 18, 2013. Filed under: 1 | Tags: , , , |

logo-shadowFrom the twenty books on the Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist blogged about earlier this week, a shortlist of six has been announced at the London Book Fair on Tuesday night London time.

And the shortlist includes :

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

May We Be Forgiven by AM Homes

Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

NW by Zadie Smith

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And the winner of the Stella Prize is . . .

Posted on April 17, 2013. Filed under: 1 | Tags: , , , , |

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Mateship with Birds by Carrie Tiffany has been announced as the winner of the inaugural Stella Prize for Australian women’s writing.  Carrie Tiffany receives $50,000 in prize money for her achievement.

Kerryn Goldsworthy, chair of the Stella Prize judges, said, “Mateship with Birds is a deceptively gentle-looking novel whose calm surface belies its many sharp and frank observations about the world. Set in country Victoria in the 1950s, it follows the fortunes of two people whose loneliness is offset by the many active strands of their daily lives: Harry, a farmer whose wife has left him for somebody else; and Betty, an aged-care nurse whose two children have no visible father.

“Tiffany uses the two main characters’ interactions with each other and with a small supporting cast to show the intricate interrelations not only between people, but also between human life and the natural world. There’s complex interdependence among species, and human behaviour is reflected in even the smallest, most attentively observed details of the lives of animals and birds.”

Read more here.

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NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2013 Shortlist

Posted on April 16, 2013. Filed under: 1 | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Another shortlist, this time for something close to home; the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2013. There are several categories of prizes to be awarded. The winners will be announced on 19 may during the Sydney Writers’ Festival.

Christina Stead Prize for Fiction – prize money worth $40,000

From the shortlist above, you can have your say in the People’s Choice Awardclick here to vote

Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction ($40,000 prize money)

Keith Slessor Prize for Poetry ($30,00 prize money)

Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature ($30,000 prize money)

Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature ($30,000 prize money)

There is also a $20,000 Community Relations Commission Award, the UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing and the NSW Premier’s Translation Prize.

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Women’s Prize for Fiction 2013 Longlist

Posted on April 15, 2013. Filed under: 1 | Tags: , , |

logo-shadowThe longlist for what was, until funding was withdrawn last year, called The Orange Prize was announced in the middle of March. Somehow it passed me by at the time, but it’s an important literary prize and should not be ignored, so better late than never as my old Granny used to say.

Here are the 20 contenders for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2013:

The Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist will be announced tomorrow in London. Which books would you like to see on the shortlist?

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Will she (Hillary Mantel) do it again?

Posted on March 13, 2013. Filed under: 1 | Tags: , , |

The judging panel of the Women’s Prize for Fiction has released the twenty titles on the 2013 longlist. This prize, until last year known as the Orange Prize, is open to any woman writing in English, regardless of nationality, country of residence, age or subject matter.

Titles include :

These twenty titles were culled from an original 140.

The list we have ended up with is, we believe, truly representative of that diversity of style, content and provenance, and contains those works which genuinely inspired the most excitement and passion amongst the judges,” said Miranda Richardson, this year’s Chair of Judges.

The shortlist will be announced on 16 April and the winner, who will win £30,000 will be announced on 5 June.

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The Diagram Prize 2013

Posted on February 22, 2013. Filed under: Fun Stuff | Tags: , |

This really is one of my favourite literary prizes and it just so happens I am the proud owner of at least one of these titles – more about that later.

The Diagram Prize is run by Horace Bent of The Bookseller who said, “It remains a great honour to represent a prize that draws attention to authors not called Hilary Mantel.”

Fighting it out for a bottle of claret is the shortlist of six titles for 2013 :

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Was Hitler Ill? by Hans-Joachim Neumann and Henrik Eberle – ?Apologists for Hitler. The authors speculate on whether Hitler was fully responsible for his crimes. We’ve got it on order, you can place a Hold on it.

Lofts of North America: Pigeon Lofts by Jerry Gagne. For hard-core pigeon fanciers only.

God’s Doodle: The Life and Times of the Penis by Tom Hickman. One to get the book banners out in force. We don’t have this one in the library, but we do have Dick : a guide to the penis for men and women.

Goblinproofing One’s Chicken Coop by Reginald Bakeley. My friend Catherine has enough trouble keeping foxes and quolls out of her chook house, never mind having to worry about Goblins. One’s author seem to be a cultivated type.

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How Tea Cosies Changed the World by Loani Prior. This is a comprehensive and inspirational guide to the humble tea cosy.

The Library’s copy can be found on the Adult Non Fiction shelves at 746.43 PRI. You could also give Really wild tea cosies and Wild tea cosies : 24 patterns with step-by-step instructions a go.

I love Loani’s work. I am the proud creator of the tea cosie you see there on the cover of How Tea Cosies Changed the World, knitted by me. I learned all sorts of new tricks, including knitting with two round needles. I now own all three of Loani’s books and in this, my 50th year, I am busy knitting mad tea cosies for my friends who are also hitting the big 5-0. I am working on a Carmen Miranda inspired confection with fruit and feathers at the moment. Well, what else do you give women who have everything?

How to Sharpen Pencils by David Rees. Absolutely essential reading if you intend to go off-piste and don’t know where your next pencil sharpener might be.

The winner will be announced on 22 March but in the meantine you can vote for your favourite shortlisted title here.

A list of previous winners can be seen here.

HC

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Man Booker Prize 2012 shortlist

Posted on September 12, 2012. Filed under: Books | Tags: , , |

The six books that made it into the Man Booker Prize shortlist for 2012 were announced in the UK overnight.

And they are :

Chair of the judges, Peter Stothard, commented : “After re-reading an extraordinary longlist of twelve, it was the pure power of prose that settled most debates. We loved the shock of language shown in so many different ways and were exhilarated by the vigour and vividly defined values in the six books that we chose.”

The other judges are Dinah Birch, Amanda Foreman, Dan Stevens and Bharat Tandon.

The winner of the prize will be announced on Tuesday 16 October 2012.

My choice is Bring Up the Bodies, the much anticipated sequel to the magnificent Wolf Hall which won Hilary Mantel the Man Booker prize in 2009. If we were going by cover picture only, I’d be behind The Lighthouse though! Or Narcopolis!

You can read about the longlisted books here.

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Diagram Prize 2012

Posted on February 27, 2012. Filed under: Books | Tags: , , |

One of my fave literary prizes.

The Diagram Prize is awarded by The Bookseller magazine each year to the book with the oddest title. The prize began in 1978 as a way of alleviating boredom at the Frankfurt Book Fair with Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice its inaugural winner.

The 2012 shortlisted titles are :

  • A Century of Sand Dredging in the Bristol Channel: Volume Two by Peter Gosson ~ documents the sand trade from its inception in 1912 to the present day, focusing on the Welsh coast.
  • Cooking with Poo by Saiyuud Diwong ~ a Thai cookbook. It will probably spoil the fun to tell you that “Poo” is Thai for “crab” and is Diwong’s nickname.
  • Estonian Sock Patterns All Around the World by Aino Praakli ~ styles of socks and stockings found in Estonian knitting.
  • The Great Singapore Penis Panic: And the Future of American Mass Hysteria by Scott D Mendelson ~ analysis of the “Koro” psychiatric epidemic that hit Singapore in 1967.
  • Mr Andoh’s Pennine Diary: Memoirs of a Japanese Chicken Sexer in 1935 Hebden Bridge by Stephen Curry and Takayoshi Andoh ~ the story of Koichi Andoh, who travelled from Japan to Yorkshire in the 1930s to train workers at a hatchery business the art of determining the sex of one-day-old chicks.
  • A Taxonomy of Office Chairs by Jonathan Olivares ~ exhaustive overview of the evolution of the modern office chair.
  • The Mushroom in Christian Art by John A Rush ~ the author postulates that Jesus is a personification of the Holy Mushroom, Amanita Muscaria.

The prize winners for this prize are voted for by the public. Cast your vote by clicking here.

The winner will be announced on 30th March 2012.

HC

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Costa Book Awards 2011 Category Winners

Posted on January 4, 2012. Filed under: 1 | Tags: , |

The winners of the various categories in the Costa Book Awards were announced in the UK overnight.

The winner in each category receives £5,000. From these category winners the Costa Book of the Year 2011 will be chosen, the winner receiving a further £30,000. The Costa Book of the Year 2011 will be announced on 24th January 2012.

Costa Biography Award

Costa Novel Award

  • Pure by Andrew Miller ~ set in Paris 1785
  • Judges comments: Created a “structurally and stylistically flawless historical novel”

Costa First Novel Award

  • Tiny Sunbirds Far Away by Christie Watson ~ this first novel by children’s nurse Watson is set in the Niger Delta.

Costa Poetry Award

  • The Bees by Carol Ann Duffy ~ Carol Ann Duffy is the Poet Laureate in Britain.

Costa Children’s Book Award

  • Blood Red Road by Moira Young ~ currently being adapted for film.

You can read the Costa Book Award 2011 shortlist here.

HC

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Costa Awards Shortlist

Posted on November 16, 2011. Filed under: Books | Tags: , , |

The Costa Book Awards recognise the most enjoyable books of the year by writers based in the UK and Ireland. They are unique in having five categories, the winner in each category winning £5,000.

The winner of the overall Costa Book of the Year, which will be announced Tuesday 24th January 2012, and will get an additional £30,000. The Costa Book of the Year Award is the only prize in which children’s books compete with adult books in this way.

Here are this year’s shortlists :

Novel Award

Read about each book in this category here.

First Novel Award

  • City of Bohane by Kevin Barry
  • The Last Hundred Days by Patrick McGuinness
  • Tiny Sunbirds Far Away by Christie Watson
  • Pao by Kerry Young

Read about each book in this category here.

Biography Award

  • Thin Paths: Journeys In and Around an Italian Mountain Village by Julia Blackburn
  • Henry’s Demons: Living with Schizophrenia – A Father and Son’s Story by Patrick and Henry Cockburn
  • Now All Roads Lead to France: The Last Years of Edward Thomas by Matthew Hollis
  • Charles Dickens: A Life by Claire Tomalin 

Read about each book in this category here.

Poetry Award

  • The Bees by Carol Ann Duffy
  • Night by David Harsent
  • Fiere by Jackie Kay
  • November by Sean O’Brien

Read about each book in this category here.

Children’s Book Award

  • Flip by Martyn Bedford
  • The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce
  • Small Change for Stuart by Lissa Evans
  • Blood Red Road by Moira Young

Read about each book in this category here.

Category winners will be announced on Wednesday 4th January 2012

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