Simply messing around in books



Several books we’ve talked about recently have brought home the bacon for their authors.

Frances Hardinge’s The Lie Tree, which we recommended for all ages, has won the Costa Book of the Year, the first YA to win since Philip Pullman in 2001.

Andrew Michael Hurley’s The Loney won the Costa First Novel.

Don Paterson, one of our favourites, won the poetry prize for 40 Sonnets.

And here in Australia Gerald Murnane has won the nonfiction category of the prestigious Victoria Premier’s Literary Awards for Something For The Pain

 If you’re interested in dipping a toe into Aussie fiction, perhaps you could start with the winner of the fiction section, Mireille Juchau’s The World Without Us, which she describes as being about the impact rapid environmental changes can have on the human psyche: “Part of what I was interested in writing was the relationship between our outside weather and our inside weather.”

Or try Stephanie Bishop’s The Other Side of The World which Dorothy Johnson reviewed here.

You can read the full list with links to reviews at




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