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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…
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…
‘The Age’ Announces Nominees for its Book of the Year
The Age has announced the shortlists for its Book of the Year prizes. The prizes will be awarded to books in three categories with $10,000 each (fiction, non-fiction and poetry) with an overall prize to be chosen from among the three, worth an additional $10,000.
The shortlists are:Fiction
Like Being a Wife, Catherine Harris (Vintage)
The Mary Smokes Boys, Patrick Holland…
Review: Southern Barbarians
It’s unusual for a new collection of poems to have an introduction. They often appear in a collected or selected poems, serving to frame a writer’s life and work; but I don’t recall seeing an introduction to an individual collection before John Mateer’s Southern Barbarians. The usual convention is that, aside from the obligatory blurbs, a single collection will autonomously speak for itself…
2011 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards Shortlists Announced
Arts minister Simon Crean has announced the 2011 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlists. Congratulations to all shortlisted authors.Non-fiction shortlist: Sydney, Delia Falconer How To Make Gravy, Paul Kelly The Party, Richard McGregor The Hard Light of Day, Rod Moss Claude Levi-Strauss: The Poet in the Laboratory, Patrick Wilcken Fiction shortlist: Traitor, Stephen Daisley Notorious, Roberta Lowing …
Age Book of the Year Shortlist Announced
The weekend paper saw the announcement of the Age Book of the Year shortlist.
In the fiction category, Cate Kennedy’s debut novel The World Beneath got the nod as it “cleverly plays with the challenges of being a parent as well as a citizen” while recent visitor Peter Carey’s re-imagining of de Tocqueville Parrot and Olivier in America also caught the judges' eye. The…
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