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Ali Smith (in Scottish paper the Sunday Herald): 'delivered with lucidity, restraint and an echoing deliberation that gives this book a sense of grace.'
The Globe & Mail: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/books/social-studies/article1377189/
Dwight Garner in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/gift-guide/holiday-2009/giftguide-garner/list.html
Brian Schofield: http://www.fifthestate.co.uk/
Best Horror Novel
Red Queen by HM Brown
Best children's (8-12 years) long fiction
Tensy Farlow and the Home for Mislaid Children by Jen Storer
A Ghost in My Suitcase by Gabrielle Wang
Best children's (8-12 years) short fiction/illustrated work/picture book
Enigma by Graeme Base
Best young adult long fiction
The Museum of Mary Child by Cassandra Golds
Leviathan Trilogy: Book One by Scott Westerfeld
For further information, please visit aurealisawards.com
The following titles have been shortlisted for Australia in the following categories:
Wild Food, Juleigh Robins: Best Cookbook for Food Professionals category.
My Greek Family Table, Maria Benardis: Best Mediterranean Cuisine Book category.
Thai Street Food, David Thompson: Best Foreign Cookery category.
The winner in each country will compete against winners in other countries in the same category for 'The Best In the World'.
Results announced on Thursday February 11, 2010 at the Paris Cookbook Fair.
For further information, please visit www.cookbookfair.com.
Sales of the Popular Penguin series pass the magical million mark in Australia
Isabel Allende's Eva Luna today became the 1,000,000th book in the Popular Penguin series to hit the Australian market. The 1,000,000th order was placed by local independent bookseller Berkelouw Books in Bowral in regional New South Wales.
The Popular Penguin series has been a sales triumph in Australia. The series was launched with 49 titles in September 2008, and another 50 titles were added by popular demand in July this year, including nine by Australian writers.
Sales Director Peter Blake said he was delighted by the success of the series. "It's great to see so many new readers across all age groups have discovered the joys of the Penguin backlist, from Austen to Kerouac; from Chandler to Capote."
Such is the popularity of the Popular Penguin series, that Penguin Australia now has over 8,000 fans on its Popular Penguin Facebook page - 5,000 of these joining after the 50 new books hit stores in July. As of the end of November, there have been 150,000 unique visitors to popularpenguins.com.
Simon Baker and Mark Johnson have acquired screen rights to Tim Winton's award-winning novel Breath. Both Baker and Johnson will produce, and Baker will play one of the lead roles. Simon Baker, who has been surfing since childhood, currently stars in the hit TV drama The Mentalist. Mark Johnson, whose credits include Rain Main, The Notebook, and the AMC drama Breaking Bad, is currently in production on the third instalment of the Chronicles of Narnia.
The winners of this year's YABBA Victorian children's choice book awards have been announced.
The winners were:
- Fiction Years 7-9: Then (Morris Gleitzman, Viking)
- Fiction Older Readers: Specky Magee And The Spirit Of Game (Felice Arena & Garry Lyon, Puffin)
- Picture Storybooks: Are We There Yet? (Alison Lester, Viking).
The YABBA Awards are determined by students around Victoria voting on their favourite books. For more information about YABBA visit the website.
The shortlist for this year's ACT Book of the Year Awards has been announced. The $10,000 award recognises 'excellence in quality contemporary literary works by ACT writers' and includes fiction, nonfiction and poetry.
- A Guide to the Birds of East Africa: A Novel (Nicholas Drayson, Viking)
- Invading Australia: Japan and the Battle for Australia, 1942 (Peter Stanley, Viking)