Just before dawn, I was called to one of the houses on the outskirts of the community. ‘A sick baby’, I was told. It wasn’t sick; it was dead. The obese mother had rolled in the night and smothered it. That day was more of the usual in the clinic. That night, back on-call, I…

For me, writing started out as a housework-avoidance strategy – a sanity preserver as the only female in a house of males. It’s cheap, quiet, and can be done anywhere in yoghurt stained pyjamas. You can do it breastfeeding, on the bench at swimming lessons – you can even do it in your head while…

The Sydney Review of Books (SRB) will publish an anthology of essays on Australian fiction, poetry and nonfiction to mark its five-year anniversary. The essays are contributions to ongoing arguments about the condition and purpose and evolving shape of Australian literature. They reflect the ways in which discussions about the state of the literary culture…

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The Australian Society of Authors has announced the shortlist for The Asher Literary Award 2017. The 2017 Award attracted over 50 applications and a strong longlist was judged by Joan Beaumont, Barbara Horgan and Tony Maniaty. The judges commended each of the shortlisted titles, ‘for their literary qualities, their sense of invention, and the powerful anti-war themes…

ABC TV’s The Book Club will host a year-end special episode on 19 December when it will announce the results of its ‘five of the best’ reader poll for 2017. The TV show, which recently announced it will end this year, has released a shortlist of ‘some favourite reads published in 2017—as nominated by writers,…

Hardie Grant Egmont (HGE) has announced the shortlist for its 2017 Ampersand Prize for unpublished YA and middle-grade authors. Launched in 2012, the Ampersand Prize is Hardie Grant Egmont’s annual award for unpublished young adult and middle-grade writers, which has discovered award-winning YA authors such as Melissa Keil, Erin Gough and Cally Black. ‘I am consistently blown…

The shortlisted titles are: Dodge Rose (Jack Cox, Text) Our Magic Hour (Jennifer Down, Text) Our Tiny, Useless Hearts (Toni Jordan, Text) Music and Freedom (Zoe Morrison, Vintage) The Last Days of Ava Langdon (Mark O’Flynn, UQP) A Loving, Faithful Animal (Josephine Rowe, UQP) The Voss Literary Prize is awarded to the best novel published…

Sam Carmody’s The Windy Season (A&U) has won the 2017 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. The Windy Season was unanimously chosen by a judging panel that comprised author Christos Tsiolkas, Readings managing director Mark Rubbo and a panel of Readings booksellers: Annie Condon from Readings Hawthorn, Gabrielle Williams from Readings Malvern, Marie Matteson from…

Jo Sandhu‘s novel Clan of Wolves, the second book in the Tarin of Mammoths series, was recently released by Penguin Random House.

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