Category Archives: Australian Women Writers Challenge (AWW)

Indie Book Awards: Winners announced!

And the winner of the Indie Book of the Year is… Jane Harper’s The Dry: for the best Australian writing of 2016, as chosen by Australian independent booksellers. Our congratulations to Jane — we’ve barely been able to keep her book in stock since it came out!

Other prize winners this year:

* Fiction: The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith
* Debut fiction: The Dry by Jane Harper
* Non-fiction: Everywhere I Look by Helen Garner
* Children’s: Circle by Jeannie Baker
* Young Adult: Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

All titles in-store now, or on order in desperate haste if we’ve sold out! Let us know if you want any of the prize-winners put aside for you, and come enjoy some great Australian writing.

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Stella Prize 2017 – Shortlist announced

The fabulous Stella Prize for Australian women’s writing has announced its 2017 Shortlist:

You’ve got one crime, two fiction and three memoirs to choose from, so if you get reading now you can match your pick to the winner, to be announced on 18 April. Happy Stella-ing!

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Steph’s best books of 2016

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Steph’s best books
Clancy of the Undertow – Christopher Currie – PB – $20
Convict Tattoos: Marked Men and Women of Australia – Simon Barnard – HB – $40
His Bloody Project – Graeme Macrae Burnet – PB – $20
The Turner House – Angela Flournoy – TPB – $33
Words in Deep Blue – Cath Crowley – PB – $19

That’s our best books for 2016, all wrapped up. Why don’t you comment or post to let us know your favourites?

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Jodie’s best books for 2016

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Jodie’s best books
Botanicum – Kathy Willis & Katie Scott – HB – $39.95
Hello! – Tony Flowers (ill.) – HB – $25
The Last Painting of Sara de Vos – Dominic Smith – TPB – $33
Welcome to Country – Aunty Joy Murphy & Lisa Kennedy – HB – $25
Where the Trees Were – Inga Simpson – TPB – $30

Stay tuned for our final set of favourites tomorrow, this time from Steph…

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Jess’s best books for 2016

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Jess’s best books

The Bone Sparrow – Zana Fraillon – PB – $20
Gemina (The Illuminae Files 02) – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – TPB – $23
Lots – Marc Martin – HB – $25
The Other Side of Summer – Emily Gale – PB – $17
They All Saw a Cat – Brendan Wenzel – HB – $30

Stay tuned for Jodie’s best books tomorrow…

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Fiona’s best books for 2016

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Fiona’s best books
Commonwealth – Ann Patchett – TPB – $30
The Glorious Heresies – Lisa McInerney – PB – $20
The Hate Race – Maxine Beneba Clarke – TPB – $33
LaRose
– Louise Erdrich – TPB – $33
Our Souls at Night – Kent Haruf – PB – $20

Stay tuned for Jess’s best books tomorrow…

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Heather’s best books for 2016

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Heather’s best books
Days Without End – Sebastian Barry – TPB – $33
The Dry – Jane Harper – TPB – $33
Everyone Brave is Forgiven – Chris Cleave – TPB – $30
The Sympathizer
 – Viet Thahn Nguyen – PB – $23
To the Bright Edge of the World – Eowyn Ivey – TPB – $33

Stay tuned for Dick’s best books tomorrow…

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