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2011 Young Australian's Best Book Awards (YABBA) - Winner
10 Nov 2011

Fiction Years 7-9:

Now by Morris Gleitzman

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Book Cover:  Now
The gripping finale to the dramatic series that began with Once, continued with Then and is . . . Now.\r\nAuthor interview
The gripping finale to the dramatic series that began with Once, continued with Then and is . . . Now.\r\nAuthor interview
Published: 03/05/2010
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670074372
National Year of Reading 2012
02 Nov 2011

Get involved in Australia's biggest book group and vote for your favourite book

Voting opens on the 1 November 2011 and closes on the 6 January 2012, and it's really simple. To vote online visit the ABC website or drop in to your local library or book shop and fill in a voting slip.

Penguin books in the list include:

The Harp in the South novels by Ruth Park

House on the Hill by Estelle Pinney

The Tall Man by Chloe Hooper

Three Dog Night by Peter Goldsworthy

The Hunter by Julia Leigh

Cloudstreet by Tim Winton

Visit the website for more information.

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Book Cover:  Three Dog Night
Is it possible to be too much in love? After ten years in London, Martin Blackman returns to Adelaide with his wife and fellow psychiatrist Lucy, blissfully happy. But then he introduces her to his old friend Felix, once a brilliant surgeon, now barred from practising and changed beyond recognition. In the complex triangle that develops, Martin must decide just how far he is prepared to go for Felix...
Is it possible to be too much in love? After ten years in London, Martin Blackman returns to Adelaide with his wife and fellow psychiatrist Lucy, blissfully happy. But then he introduces her to his old...
Published: 09/08/2004
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780140281033
Book Cover: The Hunter
Uncompromising and compelling, Julia Leigh's stunning first novel does not give up any of its secrets easily. The Hunter is a haunting tale of obsession that builds to an unforgettable conclusion.
Uncompromising and compelling, Julia Leigh's stunning first novel does not give up any of its secrets easily. The Hunter is a haunting tale of obsession that builds to an unforgettable conclusion.
Published: 07/09/2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143565215
Book Cover:  Cloudstreet
Winner of the Miles Franklin Award and recognised as one of the greatest works of Australian literature, Cloudstreet is Tim Winton's sprawling, comic epic about luck and love, fortitude and forgiveness, and the magic of the everyday.
Winner of the Miles Franklin Award and recognised as one of the greatest works of Australian literature, Cloudstreet is Tim Winton's sprawling, comic epic about luck and love, fortitude and forgiveness, and the magic of the everyday.
Published: 05/01/1998
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780140273984
Book Cover: The Harp in the South Trilogy PMC

'Ruth Park . . . that steady glow at the heart of Australian literature.' Ruth Cracknell

Three of Ruth Park's best loved books – Missus , The Harp in the South and Poor Man's Orange – are brought together in this volume, tracing the saga of the Darcy family over thirty years. The story has its beginnings in the awkward courtship of dreamily innocent Margaret Kilker and unwilling hero Hugh...

'Ruth Park . . . that steady glow at the heart of Australian literature.' Ruth Cracknell

Three of Ruth Park's best loved books – Missus , The Harp in the South and Poor Man's Orange – are brought...

Published: 02/03/2009
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143180159
Book Cover: The Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm Island

The story of a death, a policeman, an island and a country

The Tall Man  is the story of Palm Island, the tropical paradise where one morning Cameron Doomadgee swore at a policeman and forty minutes later lay dead in a watch-house cell. It is the story of that policeman, the tall, enigmatic Christopher Hurley who chose to work in some of the toughest and wildest places in Australia, and of the...

The story of a death, a policeman, an island and a country

The Tall Man  is the story of Palm Island, the tropical paradise where one morning Cameron Doomadgee swore at a policeman and forty minutes...

Published: 09/09/2009
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143010661
2011 Speech Pathology Australia 'Book Of The Year' Awards Announced
19 Oct 2011

Upper Primary

Now by Morris Gleitzman

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Book Cover:  Now
The gripping finale to the dramatic series that began with Once, continued with Then and is . . . Now.\r\nAuthor interview
The gripping finale to the dramatic series that began with Once, continued with Then and is . . . Now.\r\nAuthor interview
Published: 03/05/2010
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670074372
Old School wins Davitt Readers' Choice Award
14 Oct 2011

The winners of the 2011 Sisters in Crime Davitt Awards were announced at the SheKilda Australian Women Crime Writers' Convention in Melbourne on 8 October.

The Old School by P. M. Newton won the Readers' Choice award.

The Davitt Awards are presented each year by Sisters in Crime for the best crime novels and true crime books by Australian women, published in the previous year. More information about the awards found on the Sisters in Crime website.

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Book Cover: The Old School
'The writing is razor-sharp and the dialogue sizzles with tough-as-nails authenticity. Newton is a writer to watch.'  Matthew Reilly
'The writing is razor-sharp and the dialogue sizzles with tough-as-nails authenticity. Newton is a writer to watch.'  Matthew Reilly
Published: 30/05/2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143204015
Neil Young’s Memoir to be Published by Viking in UK
21 Sep 2011

(London) September 20th, 2011-- Neil Young, one of the most iconic and important musical figures of the last half-century, will write his memoir, it was announced today.

Young's book, tentatively titled Waging Heavy Peace, has been acquired by Tony Lacey for Viking in the UK and by David Rosenthal for Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Group USA. The book is scheduled for publication in autumn next year. World print, eBook, and audio rights were acquired by Rosenthal from Elliot Roberts, Young's manager at Lookout Management in Los Angeles.

'I felt like writing books fit me like a glove; I started and I just kept going. That's the way my Daddy used to do it on his old Underwood up in the attic.  He said, 'Just keep writing, you never know what will turn up',' Mr. Young said of his newest project.

At Viking in the UK, Tony Lacey commented:

'Neil Young has been making extraordinary, original music for over 40 years, and his influence goes deep across a couple of generations. It's a real privilege to be publishing his autobiography in the UK'

'Neil's extraordinary music and his influence on American culture is singular," said Rosenthal, who also acquired and published Bob Dylan's Chronicles, Vol. I. "This promises to be a revealing, intimate book that will provide the window into Neil's life and career that fans and admirers have always wanted.'

Emma Thompson writes new tale to celebrate 110 years of Peter Rabbit
15 Sep 2011

London, Thursday 15th September 2011 . . . Beatrix Potter’s publisher Frederick Warne today announces that they will be publishing a brand new Peter Rabbit story by Emma Thompson in September 2012.

The book, titled The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit, will be the 24th tale in the existing collection of Peter Rabbit stories.  It is the first time that Frederick Warne has published an additional title to the series which Beatrix Potter wrote between 1902 and 1930.

Emma Thompson, Oscar-winning actress and screen writer, has a talent for creating engaging narratives with a dry humour similar to Potter’s own and is the perfect choice of author for this new Peter Rabbit tale which will be published 110 years after the original.

Emma said, 'I've always loved Beatrix Potter, as a child and then as a mother and all the years in-between as well. When Mr Rabbit invited me to write a further tale, I was more honoured than I can say. I hope I don't let him or his extraordinary creator down.'

Francesca Dow, MD of Penguin Children’s Books said, 'It is fitting that in a year that celebrates 110 years of Peter Rabbit we move this beloved character forwards and provide him with a brand new adventure.  Children the world over have grown up enjoying these stories and now they can look forward to this exciting new addition to their collection.  Emma’s writing is both fresh and original yet pays homage to Potter’s own unique style.'

In The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit, Peter’s adventures take him beyond the boundaries of Mr. McGregor’s garden, all the way to Scotland, where he meets the gentle giant Finlay McBurney, a distant Scottish relative. Emma was inspired to set the tale in Scotland by her knowledge of Beatrix’s childhood holidays there.

2011 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards - winner
07 Sep 2011

Prize for Writing for Young Adults

The Three Loves of Persimmon by Cassandra Golds


For more information please visit the website

2011 Asher Literary Award - winner
06 Sep 2011

The Old School by PM Newton, has been awarded joint winner of the 2011 Asher Literary Award, for a woman writer whose work carries an anti-war theme.

PM Newton shares the award with Roberta Lowing for her poetry collection Ruin published by Interactive Publications.

Further information about the award is available at the University of Melbourne's Australia Centre website.

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Book Cover: The Old School
'The writing is razor-sharp and the dialogue sizzles with tough-as-nails authenticity. Newton is a writer to watch.'  Matthew Reilly
'The writing is razor-sharp and the dialogue sizzles with tough-as-nails authenticity. Newton is a writer to watch.'  Matthew Reilly
Published: 30/05/2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143204015
2011 Ned Kelly Award - winner
02 Sep 2011

The Diggers Rest Hotel by Geoffrey McGeachin has won the 2011 Ned Kelly Award for Best Fiction. The awards were announced at MWF on Wednesday 31 August.

The Crime Writers Association of Australia was set up in the mid 1990s to promote and encourage Australian crime writing through the establishment of the Ned Kelly Awards.

Further information can be found on the Ned Kelly Awards website.

Australian Family Therapists' Award for Children's Literature
02 Sep 2011

Books useful for therapists

Young Readers/Picture Book

It’s Bedtime, William! by Deborah Niland
The imaginary lion assists William to understand how difficult he can be to get to sleep.

Love From Grandma by Jane Tanner
A lovely story about the relationship between grandparent and grandchild, and how connections can be fostered across distances.

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Book Cover:  Love from Grandma

Emily loves spending time with Grandma.  They dance, have tea parties and work together in Grandma's garden.  But when Emily's family moves to the city, she has to leave her beloved grandma behind.  Grandma gives Emily a strawberry plant to remind her of the fun they have together.  In summer, when the strawberries are red, it will be time for Grandma to visit . . .

A warm and reassuring...

Emily loves spending time with Grandma.  They dance, have tea parties and work together in Grandma's garden.  But when Emily's family moves to the city, she has to leave her beloved grandma behind. ...

Published: 29/08/2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143505082

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