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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…
Ladbrokes Likes Our Les
Les Murray's latest, Taller When Prone
Poet Les Murray is favourite Australian in the race for the Nobel Prize according to British bookmakers Ladbrokes.
The bookies put Les Murray at an equal seventh in the running for the prize at 11/1 along with Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami. The current frontrunner is Swedish poet and translator Tomas Transtromer at 5/1. Two other Australian authors made…
McEwan Scoops Another Gong
The award-winning book, Cement Garden
Eminent British novelist Ian McEwan has been awarded Israel’s prestigious Jerusalem Prize. It’s the latest of a long list of accolades awarded to McEwan, hailed by the jury as “one of the most important novelists of our time”.
Although it carries a modest cash purse, the Jerusalem Prize - awarded on odd-numbered years since 1963 - brings with it…
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…
Tan Joins Australian Oscar Tilt
Australian author and illustrator Shaun Tan is one of 7 Australians nominated for an Oscar overnight. Tan’s nomination is for the film The Lost Thing in the category of best animated short film. Tan co-directed the short with Andrew Ruhemann. Although he hardly needs an introduction, here’s one anyway.
Others in the list of Australians shortlisted for honours include Jacki Weaver for her portrayal…
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