March 2023

Crime/Mystery

Eleven Liars by Robert Gold

Reviewed by Rod McLary Even though this is the author’s second book [his debut novel was Twelve Secrets] I had not previously heard of him.  As the novel’s title is Eleven Liars and the previous one is called Twelve Secrets, there is more than a suggestion that we are at the beginning of a series

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General Fiction

The Anniversary by Stephanie Bishop

Reviewed by Ian Lipke Stephanie Bishop is a well-known writer according to the critiques I’ve read. The critics, to a woman, are fulsome in their praise, yet when I review her latest book The Anniversary, I’m thrown into doubt. She begins by telling us that novelist JB Blackwood has taken a holiday with her husband

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Stella Prize 2023

The shortlist for the $60,000 Stella Prize for women and non-binary writers has been announced. The shortlisted books are: We Come With This Place (Debra Dank, Echo) big beautiful female theory (Eloise Grills, Affirm) The Jaguar (Sarah Holland-Batt, UQP) Hydra (Adriane Howell, Transit Lounge) Indelible City (Louisa Lim, Text) Bad Art Mother (Edwina Preston, Wakefield). This year’s shortlist comprises one graphic

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Winner – Rathbones Folio Prize

Australian author Michelle de Kretser has won in the fiction category of the Rathbones Folio Prize, for her novel Scary Monsters (A&U). In the award’s first year under a new prize structure, winners were named in three categories, fiction, poetry and nonfiction. Each category winner receives £2000 (A$3500) and the overall prize winner receives £30,000 (A$52,500). Judges

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Dublin Literary Award 2023

The shortlist for the 2023 Dublin Literary Award, worth €100,000 (A$162,360), has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Cloud Cuckoo Land (Anthony Doerr, Scribner) Em (Kim Thuy, trans by Sheila Fischman, Seven Stories Press) Love Novel (Ivana Sajko, trans by Mima Simic, V&Q Books) Marzahn, Mon Amour (Katja Oskamp, trans by Jo Heinrich, Peirene Press) Paradais (Fernanda Melchor, trans by

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General Fiction

An Ungrateful Instrument by Michael Meehan

Reviewed by Ian Lipke Michael Meehan has set his tale in the early 1700s in France during the long reign of King Louis XIV. The lad Antoine Forqueray and later his son Jean-Baptiste had the unenviable reputations of being the only musicians in France capable of performing at a highly sophisticated level on the viola

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General Fiction

Prettier if She Smiled More by Toni Jordan

Reviewed by Tricia Simms-Reeve When our lives are battered by interest rate hikes, cost of living pressures and the  environmental devastation of floods or fire, it is a very welcome relief to read Toni Jordan’s latest novel. She handles a family’s dramas with clever humour and delightful descriptions. Her characters’ everyday lives, although ordinary, are

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Crime/Mystery

Simply Lies by David Baldacci

Reviewed by Ian Lipke Simply Lies is an uncomplicated title that describes more than adequately the latest yarn by David Baldacci. The characters create a mindset in which to tell a lie and then maintain it with the simplicity of truth. One chapter begins with a character introduced as Arlene Robinson. She is most plausible

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Children

Jamie by L. D. Lapinski

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke The 21st Century has seen a marked change in attitudes. Many traditional beliefs have been questioned and people are more prepared to speak out to support their ideas. The children’s book, Jamie, by L. D. Lapinski highlights some of these changes. The main character and narrator is 11 year old Jamie

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Literary Quiz – number one.

QRC Literary Quiz In our recent newsletters, we have included a Literary Quiz.  Until now, only subscribers have been able to see it and answer the questions.  Now the Quiz will be put on the website for general viewing. Below is one of the first of the Quizzes.  This Quiz asks for the authors of

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Indie Book of the Year 2023

Winner of the Indie Book of the Year – Craig Silvey Our congratulations to Craig Silvey for his winning the Indie Book of the Year – and the Children’s Book of the Year category – with Runt. Craig Silvey says of his win: ‘Thirteen years after Jasper Jones was awarded Book Of The Year, it bears reiterating

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Indie Book Awards 2023

Indie Book Award Winners Thirteen years after Jasper Jones was awarded Book Of The Year (in 2009), Australian independent booksellers are thrilled to announce RUNT by Craig Silvey (Allen & Unwin) as their favourite book from last year, and the winner of The Indie Book Awards 2023 Book of the Year. This is Craig’s second

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Non-Fiction

Crickonomics by Stefan Szymanski and Tim Wigmore

Reviewed by Richard Tutin I don’t think Australian cricket lovers have really come to grips with the depth and diversity of the modern form of the game. Though they are familiar with the traditional cycle of tests, one day internationals and now T20, they may not be aware of how many countries field teams and

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General Fiction

Old God’s Time by Sebastian Barry

Reviewed by Rod McLary Sebastian Barry is one of our finest writers.  His previous novels have twice won the Costa Book of the Year [in 2008 and 2017], the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and two have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize.  Days Without End and A Thousand Moons, his two most recent novels,

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Author Event – Tom Rob Smith

TUESDAY 30th MAY | INSTORE EVENT 6.00pm for 6.30pm start | 60 mins Join Avid Reader for a conversation with Tom Rob Smith about his book Cold People What if the only hope for survival becomes the greatest threat? From the brilliant, bestselling author of Child 44 comes a suspenseful and fast-paced novel about a

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