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Ten most influential cookbooks on Australian cuisine

The Sydney Morning Herald pulled together a pannel of the best known foodies to nominate a list of the ten most influential cookbooks. 1. The Margaret Fulton Cookbook 2. The Cook’s Companion by Stephanie Alexander 3. The Complete Asian Cookbook by Charmaine Solomon 4. The Australian Women’s Weekly Cookbook by Ellen Sinclair 5. Sydney Food […]

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The latest ‘next J.K. Rowling’

The next J.K. Rowling is an Australian kitchen saleswoman says the Wall Street Journal. C’mon, journalists should know better than this. How many next J.K. Rowlings have we seen over the past five years?

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Aussie Rules: Full contact reading

The Age has done an interview with 16 Australian Football League players on their reading habits. I hardly expected to see recomendations for Chomsky in a footballers list; the world proves that I should quit trying to judge a book by it’s cover. JOEL BOWDEN – RICHMOND Understanding Power, a collection of talks by Noam […]

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Tim Winton’s Breath wins Miles Franklin Award

Congratulations to Tim Winton, whose novel Breath is the winner of this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award.

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Mal Peet – Pushing Barriers for Young Readers

Australian newspaper The Age published an interesting article about British author Mal Peet this weekend. Peet hates the title of “young-adult writer” and vehemently opposes comments about books being too ambitious, philosophical or complex for a teenage novel.  “It’s like saying teenage fiction is a feast of the second best; because your readers are young […]

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Blind Dates, Book Lovers Style

Cute idea from a library in Australia – Library staff have selected a range of books and wrapped them up for a surprise introductions this weekend. Drop by the library on Saturday and you could meet your perfect match – literary match that is. With only scintillating phrases and words on that wrapping to hint […]

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Australia’s Literary Culture

I was surprised to learn that in Australia, if a book doesn’t become available within 30 days of publication overseas, a bookseller can ignore territorial copyright and parallel import it.  Such a rule provides incentive to publishers to make foreign books quickly available in Australia and gives a flexibility to booksellers that other countries don’t […]

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David Malouf wins Australia-Asia Literary Award

David Malouf has won Australia’s newest and richest literary prize of $110,000 for his work The Complete Stories. It is given by the Western Australian state government to the best work of fiction primarily about Australia and Asia. The interesting bit about the award is that it is state funded but doesn’t necessarily go to […]

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Byron Bay Writers Festival

For all our Australian friends the line-up for this years Byron Bay Writers Festival (July 25-27) has been announced… as always it looks like quite the event.

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Geraldine Brooks wins Australian book people award

Geraldine Brooks has just picked up some hardware at the Australian Industry Book Awards. She recieved both Book of the Year and Literary Fiction Book of the Year for People of the Book, who’s heroine is Australian rare-book expert Hanna Heath who is offered the job of analysing and conserving the famed Jewish volume and […]

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