Category Archives: Awards


Age Book of the Year Winners

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2012 Age Book the Year Awards which were announced 23 August 2012. The winners are….


1835: the Founding of Melbourne and the Conquest of Australia

1835: the Founding of Melbourne and the Conquest of Australia

James Boyce

In 1835 James Boyce brings this pivotal moment to life. He traces the power plays in Hobart, Sydney and London, the key personalities of Melbourne’s early days, and the haunting questions raised by what happened when the land was opened up. He conjures up the Australian frontier – its complexity, its rawness and the way its legacy is still with us today.


The Brokenness Sonnets I-III and Other Poem

The Brokenness Sonnets I-III and Other Poems

Mal McKimmie

Mal McKimmie’s poems have been published in numerous literary journals and magazines. Five Islands Press, published McKimmie’s first volume of poetry, Poetileptic, in 2005. ABC Radio National featured poems from this collection on Poetica.



Foal's BreadFoal’s Bread

Gillian Mears

The sound of horses’ hooves turns hollow on the farms west of Wirri. If a man can still ride, if he hasn’t totally lost the use of his legs, if he hasn’t died to the part of his heart that understands such things, then he should go for a gallop. At the very least he should stand at the road by the river imagining that he’s pushing a horse up the steep hill that leads to the house on the farm once known as One Tree.



Queensland Literary Awards Shortlist

The shortlist for the Queensland Literary Awards was announced this week. 2012 is the first year for the awards which were established after the decision to scrap the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards.

The winners of the 14 categories, and the ‘People’s Choice’ award will be announced early September.

To celebrate the announcement of the shortlist we’ve got 5 of the shortlisted titles to giveaway!


Riding the Trains in Japan The People Smuggler
Patrick Holland Robin De Crespigny
Riding the Trains in Japan The People Smuggler


Autumn Lang Cold Light Sarah Thornhill
Alex Miller Cold Light Kate Grenville
Autumn Laing Cold Light Sarah Thornhill

Visit the Queensland Literary Awards for the full shortlist.


Congratulations to our Queensland Literary Award shortlist winners.


2012 Australian Family Therapists’ Awards for Children’s Literature

The winners of the Australian Family Therapists’ Awards for Children’s Literature are……

Family Therapists’ Award

Pan's WhisperPan’s Whisper

Sue Lawson

Pan Harris is brash, loud and damaged. Ordered into foster care, Pan is full of anger at the mother who abandoned her, and the older sister who kept her from her father. Pan is certain that she knows the reality of her past – until she meets Hunter, the boy who understands her story better than anyone else, and who just may be the key to unlocking the truth of Pan’s memories. But are some memories best left forgotten? And is Hunter worth Pan breaking her most important rule – Never. Trust. Anyone?
Young Readers/Picture Book Prize

Billie B Brown: The Big SisterBillie B Brown: The Big Sister

Sally Rippin

Billie can’t wait for the new baby to arrive. She’s even going to give it her favourite teddy! But what will happen when her parents go to hospital without her – and Billie’s teddy goes missing?




Miles Franklin Award

The 2012 Miles Franklin Award

Miles Franklin Award

The Miles Franklin Award has been announced and the winner for 2012 is debut novelist Anna Funder for All that I Am.

All That I Am

This latest award adds to the growing list of accolades which already includes:

Funder has also previously won awards for her non-fiction title, Stasiland

All That I Am is available as both a paperback and ebook.

The  2012 Miles Franklin Shortlist:

Blood by Tony Birch

Foal’s Bread by Gillian Mears

Cold Light by Frank Moorhouse

Past the Shallows by Favel Parrett


2012 ABIA Winners

While we were focused on getting our new Melbourne bookshops ready to open, most of the Australian book world was focused on the Sydney Writers Festival and the special award evening held on Friday night for the Australian Book Industry Awards, the ABIAs.

The ABIAs are annual awards where the short, and the winners are chosen by expert panels, and are then voted on by publishers and  booksellers around the country, including us!

And the winners were …

Literary Fiction Book of the Year

All That I Am

All that I Am by Anna Funder

Newcomer of the Year

Past the Shadows

Past the Shallows by Favel Parrett

General Fiction Book of the Year

Past the Shallows

Sarah Thornhill by Kate Grenville

General Non-Fiction Book of the Year

Worse Things Happen at Sea

Worse Things Happen At Sea by William McInnes and the late Sarah Watt.

Biography of the Year

Franklin and Eleanor

Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage by Hazel Rowley

Book of the Year for Younger Children

Rudie Nudie

Rudie Nudie by Emma Quay

Book of the Year for Older Children

Rudie Nudie

13 Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

Illustrated Book of the Year

Tasting India

Tasting India by Christine Mansfield

International Bestseller of the Year

Jamie's 30 Minute Meals

Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals by Jamie Oliver

The Publisher of the Year went to Australian publisher, Allen & Unwin, while the Small Publisher went to another Australian Text Publishing.


A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

I don’t often tear up in a book but this one made me.

It’s a fable with fables in side.

The book itself is beautiful – illustrated throughout the images are either woven in with the text or they take  up a double page and convey that bit that words just couldn’t.

For a long time it has just been Conor and his mum, then his mum got sick and everything changed. People started treating him differently and others like his grandma came and interveened in their lives.

The Monster Calls is a story about greif, and how everyone deals with it in a different way, and like Where the Wild Things Are it lets us know that sometimes the only way to release all the feelings is to get mad and do something (though preferably not to the family heirlooms).

It isn’t a conventional story and I honestly think tha tthis would be a really good book for 8+’s to read if they are having to deal with big things like the terminal illness of a loved one. They may cry, but that is also a way of letting the monster out…

Here is the booktrailer

And if you don’t believe me you can also read what Luke had to say about it here.

A Monster Calls is available as either a  hardcover or paperback.

Award Update – June 2012

A Monster Calls has become the first book in the 56 year history of the book awards to win both the Carnegie Medal and Kate Greenaway Award.  It’s the second Carnegie Medal for Ness who received it in 2011 for Monsters of Men, the third and final book in the Chaos Walking trilogy. The Kate Greenaway Award first for the book’s illustrator Jim Kay.


2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners

The winners of the literature Pulitzer Prizes for 2012 are:

Malcolm XHistory

Malcolm X

Manning Marable

Of the figures who tower over twentieth century American history, perhaps none is more complex, more multifaceted and controversial, than Malcolm X



George F. Kennan


George F. Kennan

John Lewis Gaddis

A remarkably revealing view of how this greatest of Cold War strategists came to doubt his strategy and always doubted himself. This is a landmark work of history and biography that reveals the vast influence and rich inner landscape of a life that both mirrored and shaped the century it spanned.



Life on Mars


Life on Mars

Tracy K. Smith

With allusions to David Bowie and interplanetary travel, Life on Mars imagines a soundtrack for the universe, accompanying the discoveries, failures and oddities of human existence and establishing Smith as one of the best poets of her generation.



The Swerve: How the World Became ModernGeneral Non-ficton

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

Stephen Greenblatt

Stephen Greenblatt has crafted both an innovative work of history and a thrilling story of discovery, in which one manuscript, plucked from a thousand years of neglect, changed the course of human thought and made possible the world as we know it.



Fiction – no award given


King Brown Country Wins Munster Award

The 2011 George Munster Award for Independent Journalism was awarded to Russell Skelton for his investigative piece, King Brown Country, a five year investigation into the systematic failure of Indigenous policy that has deeply affected the lives of Indigenous Australians in the Northern Territory.

The $1000 prize was presented by the University of Technology, Sydney, Australian Centre for Independent Journalism. The judges said:

This is a controversial and brave investigation into a community that was known for its success in the arts and music and as a role model for progress in remote Aboriginal communities. Its subsequent decline was a shocking case study in the pitfalls and failures of Aboriginal stewardship. Russell Skelton took on a project that was always going to be difficult and thankless and his bravery and independent pursuit of the truth is to be commended.