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Odd Titles Award Shortlist Announced
Bookseller magazine has announced the shortlist for its Diagram Prize. The award celebrates oddness in book titles. In culling the long-list of 66 entrants into a shortlist of half-a-dozen, judges gave preference to titles that they deemed accidentally - rather than deliberately - odd.
Early favouritism is with Managing a Dental Practice the Genghis Khan Way, although Joel Silverman’s What Colour is Your…
Opinions on the Man Booker Prize
While the bookies reckon the prize will go to Tom McCarthy’s novel C, there’s still plenty of conversation around the world’s most influential prize.
Australian critic and blogger, James Bradley called McCarthy’s novel a “dark horse candidate” but was “pleased” to see Carey on the list. Bradley laments the absence of Christos Tsiolkas’ The Slap and David Mitchell’s The Thousand Autumns of Jacob…
‘Indelible Ink’ Leaves an Indelible Mark
Congratulations to Fiona McGregor, whose third novel Indelible Ink was announced winner of The Age Book of the Year Award last night at the opening of the Melbourne Writers Festival. Indelible Ink also won the fiction category, while Jim Davidson’s biography of historian Keith Hancock took out the gong in the non-fiction category and John Tranter won the poetry award for Starlight: 150 Poems…
The Dubious Honour of Bad Sex
Not sexy writing from Tsiolkas
Christos Tsiolkas joins the ranks of great novelists with his addition to the Literary Review’s Bad Sex in Fiction Award 2010.
The prize celebrates the worst depictions of intercourse in a novel that’s been written in the last year and Tsiolkas is apparently among the world’s worst writers of the hardest scene. Judges focussed on a particular passage…
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