Aussie author wins Man Booker!

Australian author Richard Flanagan has won the Man Booker Prize for 2014!

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The Narrow Road to the Deep North is described by the judges as “a magnificent novel of love and war”.

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Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer prize for Fiction – The Orphan Master’s Son

The Orphan Master's son

The Orphan Master’s Son
 
Adam Johnson 

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2013

Part bildungsroman, part political thriller, part expose of the most secretive country in the world, this is the story of a North Korean orphan who rises up through the ranks of the DPRK army as a tunnel soldier, a professional kidnapper, and a military intelligence officer, ultimately to become—for a very short time—a rival to the Dear Leader, Kim Jong-il. Yet it is also a love story => http://bit.ly/16hCscj

From the archives – Ken Follett’s “Fall of Giants”

Fall of Giants

by Ken Follett

A huge novel that follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for votes for women. => http://bit.ly/SUEL0e

Magical historical fiction – The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory

The Lady of the Rivers

Philippa Gregory

Number 1 bestselling author Philippa Gregory continues her series, “The Cousins War”, with Jacquetta Woodville, mother of the White Queen. With her links to Melusina, and to the founder of the house of Luxembourg, together with her reputation for making magic, she is the most haunting of heroines. => http://bit.ly/zLEu5E

Recently released – the author says this is “far and away the greatest story in Australia’s history, if not the world’s.”

Batavia

Peter FitzSimons

The shipwreck of the Batavia combines in just the one tale the birth of the world’s first corporation, the brutality of colonisation, the battle of good versus evil, the derring-do of sea-faring adventure, mutiny, love, lust, blood-lust, petty fascist dictatorship, criminality, a reign of terror, murders most foul, sexual slavery, natural nobility, survival, retribution, rescue, first contact with native peoples and so much more. => http://bit.ly/m5iXQl

Film Trailer released for “The Help”


Set during the 1960s in America’s racially divided Deep South, ‘The Help’ is a beautifully handled story of a white society girl, two black maids and a dangerous secret they share. Here’s a first look at the film trailer for ‘The Help’ coming soon.

Jude Law in talks for ‘Anna Karenina’

Aaron Johnson and Jude Law are in talks to join Keira Knightley in Working Title’s “Anna Karenina,” which Joe Wright will direct.
Tom Stoppard penned the adaptation; Working Title’s Tim Bevan is producing. http://bit.ly/eNdKLu

This week’s classic old favourite is from Nancy Cato

All the Rivers Run

A tale of romance and adventure, this is the story of Philadelphia Gordon, Philadelphia Gordon is an artist, a riverboat skipper and a beautiful, independent woman. Orphaned by a shipwreck, Philadelphia grows up on the banks of her beloved Murray River in Australia with her kindly uncle and strict aunt, seemingly destined for a conventional life. But then tragedy changes everything, and leads her to a successful career as a painter, and then to a meeting with the dashing captain of the paddle-steamer which bears her name. Cato’s previous books include “A Distant Land”, “Brown Sugar” and “The Heart of the Continent”.

more here => http://bit.ly/aFZtOX

Most mentioned in the Australian media this week : Lisa Lang’s Utopian Ma

Set in 1880s Melbourne, before the Depression of the 1890s, it features eccentric entrepreneur Edward William Cole owner of the Cole’s Book Arcade. Cole advertises for a bride in the paper and swiftly marries the girl who meets his criteria. As the Depression hits and other tragedies come his way, Cole fights to keep his singular vision alive.

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For your Book Club – Fishing for Stars

Fishing for Stars has, at its heart, two passionate, unforgettable – but very different – women. One is exotic, damaged, and shrewd; the other beautiful, determined and zealous. Both are bitter rivals for the love of the same man.
The story is set in Australia, the Pacific Islands, Japan and Indonesia during the latter half of the twentieth century. Nick Duncan is an ingenuous male with a great deal more female on his hands than he can possibly hope to understand.
It is a story of ambition, destruction, love, tears and laughter, with a soupçon of hope thrown in.

Download the Book Club notes here => http://bit.ly/aP8BjK