Tag Archives: Award winner

index January 31

The Fault in Our Stars : book club discussion questions

New York Times bestselling author John Green presents a star-crossed love story that begins when Hazel meets Augustus in a group for teen cancer survivors. The book’s beginning, a sweet romantic storyline, draws the reader into deeper reflection on what defines a well-lived life.

index January 31

The fault in our stars: why is it that the complex books are now written for teenagers?

The fault in our stars is not about cancer, although the lead characters meet in a cancer support group. It’s a book about dealing with the universe’s lack of empathy. It does have a sweet romance, and some tragic parts in it, because fate is conspiring against the lovers. I don’t consider that a spoiler […]

Swallow the Air

Swallow the Air by Tara June Winch  Review by Jennifer Gates, Southport Branch Library  As a debut novel, Tara Winch has captured her audience with a distinctive voice. Tara was born in Sydney with Aboriginal, Afghan and English heritage. In 2004, she won the David Unaipon Award for Indigenous Writers.  “Swallow the Air” follows May […]

The Fortunes of Richard Mahony

The Fortunes of Richard Mahony – Henry Handel Richardson Post by Susan Pritchard from Southport Library. Thunkk…thunkk…thunkk… The dull, thumping noise of the pile-driving machine monotonously working all night, all day, all weekend, as the Rapid Transit line is constructed through the Gold Coast, may seem an unusual prompt for a book. Living as I […]

Winner Orange Prize for Fiction 2012

Song of Achilles.  Madeline Miller. When I was a little girl I loved reading Greek myths and legends. So, I was thrilled when this book was named the winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012 and was quite keen to start reading the novel. I did enjoy the story and the rather unusual style and method  that Miller employs to […]

Is an author’s age immaterial to their novel?

Foreign Bodies. Cynthia Ozick Cynthia Ozick is an 84 year old author who took four years to write this, her seventh novel. It has been shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012 and has been installed as 2/1 favourite by the bookmakers to take out the prize. The winner will be announced on the […]

“I saw something nasty in the woodshed”

Cold Comfort Farm  Stella Gibbons “I saw something nasty in the woodshed”      This has to be one of the most known quotes but I’m guessing a lot of people would have no idea, or forgotten,  that it comes from this wonderful 1930’s classic novel. It was a pleasure to re-read this classic, a bit like re-visiting an […]

Corruption, deceit and lies

Snowdrops.  A.D Miller I always thought snowdrops were those lovely little white flowers but it appears it is also a moscow slang term. “A corpse that lies buried or hidden in the winter snows, emerging only in the thaw.” Not quite as sweet!  This book was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for 2011 and  […]

Longlisted for the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Literature

A Cupboard full of Coats by Yvette Edwards.    This is Yvette Edwards debut novel and it was longlisted for the 2011 Man Booker prize for Literature. Not bad for a first time author. It is a fairly harrowing topic and is told in the first person by Jinx, the main character. It is a raw and […]

Short listed for the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Literature

Pigeon English.   Stephen Kelman             11 year old Ghanaian immigrant Harrison Opoku  lives on the ninth floor in an inner-city housing estate. Just ‘being’ is tough here, and through the delightfully fresh eyes of Harri, we are given an intimate tour of life as a young boy, determined to be the fastest runner in his 7th […]


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