Monthly Archives: November 2014

Guardian First Book Award shortlist

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Fiona McFarlane’s The Night Guest has made it on to the shortlist of 5 for the Guardian First Book Award.  (Matthew Thomas’ We Are Not Ourselves, which we reviewed here, missed out). No, we aren’t Fiona McFarlane’s agents – it’s just a very good book. You can read Fiona’s own comments about the book here, for a much-needed balance to the peculiar Sydney Morning Herald piece we linked to in our Barbara Jefferis post.

The other books are:

Colin Barrett: Young Skins (short stories)

Henry Marsh: Do No Harm ( a neurosurgeon’s life)

Evan Osmos: Age of Ambition (reportage about China)

May-Lan Tan: Things to make and break (short stories)

The winner will be announced on November 26th. Any bets?

Sunday haiku


Spring an otter bright with sparkling water


Wind at the corners of the house

these days

you never meet my eyes


around his grave

native flowers

at home in clay



touching the moving river



crow in the birdbath splinters the sun


Some of these haiku have appeared in First Australian Haiku Anthology 2001  and A Hundred Gourds 2011

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