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Friday, July 30, 2010

Dagger Award (2009)

The Darkest Room by Johan Theorin won the Crime Writers' Association's International Dagger award for a crime novel that has been translated into English, the Guardian reported. Judges called the novel "impossible to reduce... to ghost story, a police procedural or a gothic tale." Theorin bested a shortlist that included Stieg Larsson's The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, Tonino Benacquista's Badfellas, Andrea Camilleri's August Heat, Arnaldur Indridason's Hypothermia and Deon Meyer's Thirteen Hours.

Fred Vargas holds off Scandinavians at Dagger awards
French author bucks hegemony of northern European writers to win Crime Writers' Association prize with The Chalk Circle Man

Scandinavian crime fiction might be all the rage in the book charts but French writer Fred Vargas has seen off competition from a cluster of Nordic authors to take the Crime Writers' Association's International Dagger award.
Vargas, who has won the prize in three out of the last four years, took the £1,000 award for the first in her series of Adamsberg novels, The Chalk Circle Man. It took the prize ahead of three Swedish crime novels – including Steig Larsson's bestselling The Girl Who Played With Fire – one Norwegian, and one Icelandic novel. A bestselling author in France as well as a medieval archaeologist, Fred Vargas is the pseudonym of Frédérique Audoin-Rouzeau. Her translator, Sîan Reynolds, won £500.
Published in France as L'Homme aux cercles bleu, it follows the story of unorthodox policeman Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg as strange blue chalk circles start to appear on the pavements of Paris, containing increasingly strange objects, from a pigeon's foot to a doll's head. The news is covered with wry amusement by the press, but Adamsberg is uneasy, and soon the body of a woman who has been brutally murdered is found in one of the circles. Judges said the book was "a remarkable demonstration of Vargas's ability to open with an odd event and follow it into an unhappy past".
The CWA caused controversy in 2005 when it took the decision to bar foreign language authors from competing for its top award, after the £3,000 Golden Dagger was won by translated novels in three out of eight years. It restricted the prize to books originally written in English, establishing the International Dagger to reward foreign works.
Yesterday evening also saw the CWA announce the winner of the £1,500 Dagger in the Library prize, which goes to a body of work rather than a single title and was this year won by Colin Cotterill, putting him in the company of previous winners Stuart McBride, Craig Russell and Alexander McCall Smith. The £500 Debut Dagger for new writing went to Canadian writer Catherine O'Keefe for The Pathologist – "an uncomfortable, sophisticated read that also manages to be suspenseful", according to the judges – while Sean Chercover's One Serving of Bad Luck took the £1,500 short story prize with a tale judges said provided "a new take on the private eye".

Monday, July 19, 2010

Kelpies Prize

from Floris Books Kelpies Prize accessed 7/19/10

The Kelpies Prize is an annual prize for new Scottish writing for children run by publisher Floris Books.

Shortlist for the Kelpies Prize 2010
* The Angel Ashariel by Ritske Rensma
* Operation Bonobo by Elizabeth Spalton
* Red Fever by Caroline Clough

2009 Kelpies Prize
Magnus Fin and the Ocean Quest by Janis Mackay

2008 winner
Tarantula Tide by Sharon Tregenza

2007 Winner
Hox by Annemarie Allan

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Authors’ Club Dolman Travel Book Award (2006-2009)

From Dolman Best Travel Book Award accessed 7/14/10

The Dolman Award is Britain’s only dedicated prize for travel; founded in 2006 by retired coroner William Dolman, it is open to any travel writers whose book has been published first in Britain.

Each year five works are shortlisted and a winner is announced in early July at a dinner gala with the authors and publishers in attendance.

Along the Enchanted Way by William Blacker (John Murray)
A Single Swallow by Horatio Clare (Chatto & Windus)
Eleven Minutes Late by Mathew Engel (Macmillan)
Lost and Found in Russia by Susan Richards (I B Tauris & Co)
Out of Steppe by Daniel Metcalfe (Hutchinson)
Tequila Oil: Getting Lost in Mexico by Hugh Thomson (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
(winner) The Dead Yard by Ian Thomson (Faber)

* (winner) Alice Albinia, Empires of the Indus
* Andrew Brown, Fishing in Utopia
* Richard Grant, Bandit Roads
* Kapka Kassabova, Street Without a Name
* Grevel Lindop, Travels on the Dance Floor
* Dervla Murphy, The Island that Dared

* (winner) John Lucas, 92 Acharnon Street, Eland Books
* Tim Butcher, Blood River
* Robert Macfarlane, The Wild Places
* Henry Hemming, Misadventure in the Middle East
* Christopher Robbins, In Search of Kazakhstan: The Land that Disappeared

* (winner) Claire Scobie, Last Seen in Lhasa
* David McKie, Great British Bus Journeys
* Tom Parry, Thumbs Up Australia: Hitchhiking the Outback
* Rory McCarthy, Nobody Told Us We Are Defeated
* ?, ?

* (winner) Nicholas Jubber, The Prester Quest
* Ruth Padel, Tigers in Red Weather: A Quest for the Last Wild Tigers
* Joanna Kavenna, The Ice Museum
* Stevie Smith, Pedalling to Hawaii
* Richard Lloyd Parry, In the Time of Madness

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

International Thriller Writers (2006-2009)

From International Thriller Writers accessed 7/14/10

2010 Thriller Awards
(Winners announced July 10, 2010) 
Winners are listed in bold with *
Ken Follett, ThrillerMaster in recognition of his legendary career and outstanding contributions to the thriller genre
Mark Bowden, True Thriller Award
Linda Fairstein, Silver Bullet Award
Best Hard Cover Novel:
VANISHED by Joseph Finder
LONG LOST by Harlan Coben
FEAR THE WORST by Linwood Barclay
THE NEIGHBOR by Lisa Gardner*
THE RENEGADES by T. Jefferson Parker

Best Paperback Original:
SHADOW SEASON by Tom Piccirilli
URGE TO KILL by John Lutz
THE COLDEST MILE by Tom Piccirilli*
NO MERCY by John Gilstrap

Best First Novel:
FRAGMENT by Warren Fahy
DEAD MEN'S DUST by Matt Hilton
DRACULA: THE UN-DEAD by Dacre Stoker & Ian Holt
RUNNING FROM THE DEVIL by Jamie Freveletti*

Best Short Story:
A STAB IN THE HEART by Twist Phelan*
BACKUP by Rick Mofina
ICED by Harry Hunsicker
BOLDT'S BROKEN ANGEL by Ridley Pearson

ThrillerMaster: David Morrell
Silver Bullet Award: Brad Meltzer
Silver Bullet Corporate Award: Dollar General
(winners announced July 11, 2009)

Best Thriller Of The Year

Hold Tight by Harlan Coben
The Bodies Left Behind by Jeffery Deaver*
The Broken Window by Jeffery Deaver
The Dark Tide by Andrew Gross
The Last Patriot by Brad Thor

Best First Novel
Calumet City by Charlie Newton
Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith*
Criminal Paradise by Steven Thomas
Sacrifice by S. J. Bolton
The Killer's Wife by Bill Floyd

Best Short Story
Between the Dark and the Daylight (Ellery Queen Magazine) by Tom Piccirilli
Last Island South (Ellery Queen Magazine) by John C. Boland
The Edge of Seventeen (The Darker Mask) by Alexandra Sokoloff*
The Point Guard (Killer Year Anthology) by Jason Pinter
Time of the Green (Killer Year Anthology) by Ken Bruen

ThrillerMaster: Sandra Brown
Silver Bullet Award: Macy's
and David Baldacci
(winners announced July 12, 2008)

Best Novel
No Time For Goodbye by Linwood Barclay
The Watchman by Robert Crais
The Ghost by Robert Harris *
The Crime Writer by Gregg Hurwitz
Trouble by Jesse Kellerman

Best First Novel
Interred With Their Bones by Jennifer Lee Carrell
Big City, Bad Blood by Sean Chercover
From the Depths by Gerry Doyle
Volk's Game by Brent Ghelfi
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill *

Best Paperback Original
The Last Nightingale by Anthony Flacco
A Thousand Bones by P.J. Parrish
The Midnight Road by Tom Piccirilli *
The Queen of Bedlam by Robert McCammon
Shattered by Jay Bonansinga

ThrillerMaster: James Patterson

(winners announced July 14, 2007)

Best Novel
False Impression, Jeffrey Archer
Killer Instinct, Joseph Finder *
Cold Kill, Stephen Leather
The Messenger, Daniel Silva
Beautiful Lies, Lisa Unger

Best First Novel
Shadow of Death, Patricia Gussin
Switchback, Matthew Klein
A Thousand Suns, Alex Scarrow
18 Seconds, George D. Shuman
Mr. Clarinet, Nick Stone *

Best Paperback Original
Skeleton Coast, Clive Cussler with Jack DuBrul
The Deep Blue Alibi, Paul Levine
An Unquiet Grave, P.J. Parrish *
Headstone City, Tom Piccirilli
Mortal Faults, Michael Prescott

Best Screenplay
Inside Man: Russell Gewirtz
The Departed: William Monahan
The Good Shepherd: Eric Roth*
Children of Men: Alfonse Cuarón, Timothy J. Sexton, David Arata, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby
Casino Royale: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Paul Haggis

ThrillerMaster: Clive Cussler
(winners announced July 1, 2006)

Best Novel
Panic, Jeff Abbott
Consent to Kill, Vince Vlynn
Velocity, Dean Koontz
The Patriots Club, Christopher Reich *
Citizen Vince, Jess Walter

Best First Nove
Improbable, Adam Fawer *
The Color of Law, Mark Gimenez
Cold Granite, Stuart MacBride
Pain Killer, Will Staeger
Beneath a Panamanian Moon, David Terrenoire

Best Paperback Original
Sleeper Cell, Jeffrey Anderson
Pride Runs Deep, R. Cameron Cooke *
Upside Down, John Ramsey Miller
The Dying Hour, Rick Mofina
Exit Strategy, Michael Wiecek

Best Screenplay
Match Point, screenplay by Woody Allen
Syriana, based on the book by Robert Baer, written by Stephen Gaghan
Cache (Hidden), screenplay by Michael Haneke*
Oldboy, screenplay by Jo-yun Hwang, Chun-hyeong Lim, Joon-hyung Lim, and Chan-wook Park; story by Garon Tsuchiva
Munich, screenplay by Tony Kushner and Eric Roth; based on the book by George Jonas

Summer reads '09 NPR's Tom Ashbrook -Jamil Zaidi

2010 Picks from Booksellers' Picks:
Big Machine: A Novel, by Victor LaValle
Anthropology of an American Girl: A Novel, by Hilary Thayer Hamann
Vanishing Point: Not a Memoir, by Ander Monson
Welcome to Utopia: Notes from a Small Town, by Karen Valby
Alice I Have Been: A Novel, by Melanie Benjamin
The Kingdom of Ohio, by Matthew Flaming
The Lonely Polygamist: A Novel by Brady Udall
The Postmistress, by Sarah Blake
The Prince of Mist, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Day for Night: A Novel, by Frederick Reiken
The Tortoise and the Hare, by Elizabeth Jenkins
Yarn: Remembering the Way Home, by Kyoko Mori

NPR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook featured "Summer reads '09," with recommendations from Liesl Schillinger of the New York Times Book Review, Laurie Hertzel of the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Jamil Zaidi, manager at the Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, Wash.

Jamil's picks:

The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet by Reif Larsen
The Way Through Doors by Jesse Ball
Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell
The Dark Side of Love by Rafik Schami
The Given Day by Dennis Lehane
Wonderful World by Javier Calvo
The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith
The Dark Volume by Gordon Dahlquist
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Drood by Dan Simmons
Wanting by Richard Flanagan
The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl

Monday, July 12, 2010

Shirley Jackson Awards for Novels (2007-09)

From Shirley Jackson Awards accessed 7/12/10

2009 Shortlist for novels:
Big Machine, Victor LaValle --Winner!
Last Days, Brian Evenson (Underland Press)
The Little Stranger, Sarah Waters (Riverhead)
The Owl Killers, Karen Maitland (Delacorte Press)
The Red Tree, Caitlin R. Kiernan (Roc)
White is for Witching, Helen Oyeyemi (Nan A. Talese)

Finalists have been named for this year's Shirley Jackson Awards, which are given for "outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic" in several categories, including novel, novella, novelette, short story, collection and anthology.

2008 Shortlist for novels:
Alive in Necropolis by Doug Dorst
The Man on the Ceiling by Steve Rasnic Tem and Melanie Tem
Pandemonium by Daryl Gregory
The Resurrectionist by Jack O'Connell
The Shadow Year by Jeffrey Ford -- Winner!
Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan

2007 Shirley Jackson Awards Winners
NOVEL Winner:
GENERATION LOSS by Elizabeth Hand - couldn't get into this so removed from TBR 9/17/10

* Baltimore, Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden (Bantam Spectra)
* Sharp Teeth, Toby Barlow (William Heinemann Ltd)
* The Terror, Dan Simmons (Little, Brown)
* Tokyo Year Zero, David Peace (Knopf)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Caine Prize for African Writing (2000-2009)

2009 -
Finalists for the £10,000 (US$15,453) Caine Prize for African Writing--which honors a short story by an African writer published in English--are:

"The Life of Worm" by Ken Barris (South Africa), from New Writing from Africa 2009
"How Shall We Kill the Bishop?" by Lily Mabura (Kenya), from Wasafiri No. 53, Spring 2008
"Muzungu" by Namwali Serpell (Zambia), from The Best American Short Stories 2009
"Soulmates" by Alex Smith (South Africa), from New Writing from Africa 2009
"Stickfighting Days" by Olufemi Terry (Sierra Leone), from Chimurenga, Vol. 12/13 -- Winner!

The winner will be named July 5 and given the opportunity to take up a month's residence at Georgetown University, Washington D.C., as a writer-in-residence.

About the Prize

The Caine Prize for African Writing is named in memory of the late Sir Michael Caine, former Chairman of Booker plc. He was Chairman of Africa 95, and Chairman of the Booker Prize management committee for almost 25 years. The Caine Prize is awarded to a work (a short story) by an African writer published in English, whether in Africa or elsewhere.

The first prize was awarded in 2000, at the Zimbabwe International Book Fair 2000 in Harare, and the 2001 Prize at the Nairobi Book Fair in September 2001 The winner is announced at a dinner in Oxford in July.

2008 - South Africa’s Henrietta Rose-Innes has won the 2008 Caine Prize for African Writing, described as Africa’s leading literary award, for Poison from ‘Africa Pens’, published by Spearhead, an imprint of New Africa Books, Cape Town, 2007. The Chair of Judges, Southbank Centre Artistic Director Jude Kelly, announced Henrietta as the winner of the £10,000 prize at a dinner on Monday 7 July in the Bodleian Library in Oxford .

2007 - Uganda’s Monica Arac de Nyeko won the 2007 Caine Prize for African Writing, for Jambula Tree from ‘African Love Stories’,

Caine Prize 2006
Mary Watson from South Africa won the seventh Caine Prize for African Writing, Africa’s leading literary prize, for Jungfrau, from Moss, Kwela Books, 2004.

Caine Prize 2005
S.A. Afolabi from Nigeria won the sixth Caine Prize for African Writing for Monday Morning from Wasafiri, issue 41, spring 2004. His first collection of short stories, A Life Elsewhere, was published by Jonathan Cape earlier this year and his first novel is due to be published in April 2007."

Caine Prize 2004
Brian Chikwava, from Zimbabwe, won the fifth Caine Prize for African Writing for ‘Seventh Street Alchemy’ from Writing Still, Weaver Press, Harare 2003. Brian is the first winner of the Prize from Zimbabwe.

Brian has recently relocated to London and is working on his first projects outside Zimbabwe – Bubble Wrapping Artificial Shit, a novella that he has just started writing, and Jacaranda Skits, a music album of his unique and ‘whole-wheat’ sound that blends his writing abilities with southern African township jazz, ska and blues.

Caine Prize 2003
Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor was awarded the 2003 Caine Prize for African Writing, for her short story "Weight of Whispers", published in Kwani? in 2003 (www.kwani.org)

Caine Prize 2002

The Caine Prize 2002 was won by Binyavanga Wainaina, from Kenya, for his story "Discovering Home", published on the internet by G21Net in 2001.

Binyavanga has gone on to found the highly successful internet magazine "Kwani?" which was established to support the work of young Kenyan writers, and has produced some of the subsequent entries for the Caine Prize, including Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, winner of the 2003 prize.

Photo of Binyavanga Wainaina.

Caine Prize 2001

The winner of the 2001 Caine Prize for African Writing was the young Nigerian writer, Helon Habila, for his story "Love Poems" (taken from "Prison Stories", Epik Books, Lagos, 2000). Helon read literature at the University of Jos, and then lectured in English and Literature at the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, from 1997 to 1999. He wrote for Hints Magazine, in Lagos, and his first book was a biography, Mai Kaltungo (1997). His poem, Another Age, came first in the MUSON Festival Poetry Competition 2000. Love Poems appears in Prison Stories (Epik Books, Lagos, 2000) an anthology of his short stories. He is now Arts Editor of Vanguard Newspaper, Lagos.

Caine Prize 2000

The Caine Prize 2000 was won by Leila Aboulela, for her story "The Museum" (from "Opening Spaces", Heinemann, Oxford, 1999). Leila is a Sudanese writer living in Indonesia.Following graduation from the University of Khartoum in 1985, Aboulela travelled to Britain to study Statistics at the London School of Economics and she was living in Aberdeen at the time of her prize win, with her husband and three children. Aboulela’s stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio and published in a number of anthologies, including ‘The Museum’ in Opening Spaces (Heinemann). She has also co-written a play for Radio 4 and her first novel, The Translator (Polygon) was long-listed for the Orange Prize 2000.

Lukas Winners (1999-2010)

2010 Lukas Book Prize
David Finkel. The Good Soldiers

2010 Lynton History Prize
James Davidson. The Greeks and Greek Love: A Bold New Exploration of the Ancient World

2010 Lukas Work-in Progress Award
Jonathan Schuppe. Ghetto Ball: A Coach, His Team, and the Struggle of an American City

The 2009 winners of the Lukas Prize Project Awards, given to works of literary nonfiction, include, as noted by the New York Times:

The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals by Jane Mayer (Doubleday) has won the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize.

Vermeer's Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World by Timothy Brook (Bloomsbury) has won the Mark Lynton History Prize.

not published yet -- Yellow Dirt: The Betrayal of the Navajos by Judy Pasternak, which will be published by the Free Press, has won the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award.

The awards are sponsored by Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University.

from Nieman Foundation accessed 7/7/10:
About J. Anthony Lukas
The J. Anthony Lukas Prizes are named for a winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, one as a newspaperman and the other as a book author.

Lukas' first Pulitizer, in 1968, was for "The Two Worlds of Linda Fitzpatrick," an article in The New York Times on the life and, eventually, death of a wealthy Connecticut teenager involved in drugs and the hippie movement. The second Pulitzer, in 1986, was for his book, "Common Ground," about Boston school desegregation.

J. Anthony Lukas began his newspaper career at The Harvard Crimson. After he won his first Pulitzer, he returned to Harvard as a Nieman Fellow in the Class of 1969. Even with his success he did not like the demands of daily journalism and turned to writing books.

Lukas committed suicide June 5, 1997, at the age of 64, shortly after completing "Big Trouble," concerning the trial of a labor leader for the murder of a former Idaho governor at the turn of the century. Despite praise, Lukas, a brooding, intense perfectionist, expressed dissatisfaction with the book. Earlier he had written "Nightmare," about the Nixon years.

At his funeral Cassandra Twyman who, as a black school girl had figured prominently in "Common Ground," said: "He wrote what I said, not the opposite, exactly the way I said it. I was scared. I was frightened."

After his death Anne Bernays, the novelist, wrote that if she were asked to name one characteristic that belonged to Tony she would say "his absolute lack of guile, agenda, pretentiousness. He never tried to impress or mess around with you. Tony was, above all, straightforward."

2008 Lukas Book Prize
Jeffrey Toobin. The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court

2008 Lynton History Prize
Peter Silver. Our Savage Neighbors: How Indian War Transformed Early America

2008 Lukas Work-in Progress Award
Michelle Goldberg. The Means of Reproduction

2007 Lukas Book Prize
Lawrence Wright
The Looming Tower: Al Quaeda and the Road to 9/11

2007 Lynton History Prize
James T. Campbell
Middle Passages: African American Journeys to Africa, 1787-2005

2007 Lukas Work-in Progress Award
Robert Whitaker
Twelve Condemned to Die: Scipio Africanus Jones and The Struggle for Justice That Remade a Nation

2006 Lukas Book Prize
Nate Blakeslee.  Tulia: Race, Cocaine, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town

2006 Lynton History Prize
Megan Marshall.  The Peabody Sisters: Three Women who Ignited American Romanticism

2006 Lukas Work-in Progress Award
Laura Claridge.  Emily Post and the Rise of Practical Feminism

2005 Lukas Book Prize
Evan Wright.  Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America, and the New Face of American War

2005 Lynton History Prize
Richard Steven Street.  Beasts of the Field: A Narrative History of California Farmworkers, 1769-1913

2005 Lukas Work-in Progress Award
Joan Quigley.  Home Fires

2004 Lukas Book Prize
David Maraniss.  They Marched into Sunlight: War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October 1967

2004 Lynton History Prize
Rebecca Solnit.  River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West

2004 Lukas Work-in Progress Award
John Bowe.  Slavery Inc.

2003 Lukas Book Prize
Samantha Power.  Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide

2003 Lynton History Prize
Suzannah Lessard.  Mapping the New World: An Inquiry into the Meaning of Sprawl,

2003 Lukas Work-in Progress Award
Robert Harms.  The Diligent: A Voyage Through the Worlds of the Slave Trade

2002 Lukas Book Prize
Diane McWhorter.  Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution

2002 Lynton History Prize
Mark Roseman.  A Past in Hiding: Memory and Survival in Nazi Germany

2002 Lukas Work-in Progress Award
Jacques Leslie.  On Dams

2001 Lukas Book Prize
David Nasaw. The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst

2001 Lynton History Prize
Fred Anderson. Crucible of War: The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766

2001 Lukas Work-in Progress Award
Max Holland. A Need to Know: Inside the Warren Commission

2000 Lukas Book Prize
Witold Rybczynski. A Clearing in the Distance: Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the Nineteenth Century

2000 Lynton History Prize
John W. Dower. Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II

2000 Lukas Work-in Progress Award
James Tobin. Work of the Wind: A Remarkable Family, an Overlooked Genius, and the Race for Flight

1999 Lukas Book Prize
Henry Mayer. All on Fire: William Lloyd Garrison and the Abolition of Slavery

1999 Lynton History Prize
Adam Hochschild. King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed. Terror. and Heroism in Colonial Africa

1999 Lukas Work-in Progress Award
Kevin Coyne. The Best Years of Their Lives: One Town's Veterans and How They Changed the World

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Series in Progress

Adam Dalgliesh by P.D. James
1 Cover Her Face
2 A Mind to Murder
3 Unnatural Causes
4 Shroud for a Nightingale
5 The Black Tower
6 Death of an Expert Witness
7 Taste for Death (read in 1997)
8 Devices and Desires
9 Original Sin
10 A Certain Justice
11 Death in Holy Orders
12 The Murder Room
13 The Lighthouse
14 The Private Patient

Aimée Leduc mystery novels by Cara Black
1 - Murder in the Marais
2 - Murder in Belleville
3 - Murder in the Sentier
4 - Murder in the Bastille
5 - Murder in Clichy
6 - Murder in Montmartre
7 - Murder on the Ile Saint-Louis
8 - Murder in the Rue de Paradis
9 - Murder in the Latin Quarter
10 - Murder in the Palais Royal

Albert Campion Series by Marjory Allingham
* The Crime at Black Dudley (1929) (U.S. title: The Black Dudley Murder)
* Mystery Mile (1930)
* Look to the Lady (1931) (U.S. title: The Gyrth Chalice Mystery)
* Police at the Funeral (1931)
* Sweet Danger (1933) (U.S. title: Kingdom of Death or The Fear Sign)
* Death of a Ghost (1934)
* Flowers for the Judge (1936) (U.S. title: Legacy in Blood)
* The Case of the Late Pig (1937)
* Dancers in Mourning (1937) (U.S. title: Who Killed Chloe?)
* The Fashion in Shrouds (1938)
* Traitor's Purse (1941) (U.S. title: The Sabotage Murder Mystery)
* Coroner's Pidgin (1945) (U.S. title: Pearls Before Swine)
* More Work for the Undertaker (1948)
* The Tiger in the Smoke (1952)
* The Beckoning Lady (1955) (U.S. title: The Estate of the Beckoning Lady)
* Hide My Eyes (1958) (U.S. title: Tether's End or Ten Were Missing)
* The China Governess (1962)
* The Mind Readers (1965)
* Cargo of Eagles (1968) (completed posthumously by Philip Youngman Carter)
* Mr. Campion's Farthing (1969) (by Philip Youngman Carter)
* Mr. Campion's Falcon (1970) (U.S. title: Mr. Campion's Quarry) (by Philip Youngman Carter)

Short story collections
* Mr. Campion and Others (1939, 1950)
* The Allingham Case-Book (1969)
* The Allingham Minibus (U.S. title: Mr. Campion's Lucky Day and Other Stories) (1973)
* The Return of Mr. Campion (1989)

Alex Delaware by Jonathan Kellerman
#1 When The Bough Breaks
#2 Blood Test
#3 Over the Edge
#4 Silent Partner
#5 Time Bomb
#6 Private Eyes
#7 Devil's Waltz
#8 Bad Love
#9 Self-Defense
#10 The Web
#11 The Clinic
#12 Survival of the Fittest
#13 Monster
#14 Dr. Death
#15 Flesh and Blood
#16 Murder Book
#17 Cold Heart
#18 Therapy
#19 Rage
#20 Gone
#21 Obsession
#22 Compulsion
#23 Bones
#24 Evidence

Alex(andra) Cooper series by Linda Fairstein:
* Final Jeopardy (1996)
* Likely To Die (1997)
* Cold Hit (1999)
* The Deadhouse (2001) (Nero Award winner)
* The Bone Vault (2003)
* The Kills (2004)
* Entombed (2005)
* Death Dance (2006)
* Bad Blood (2007)
* Killer Heat (2008)
* Lethal Legacy (2009)
Hell Gate (2010)

Ali Reynolds books by J.A. Jance
* Edge of Evil (2006) ISBN 0727863827
* Web of Evil (2007) ISBN 9781416537731
* Hand of Evil (2007) ISBN 1416537538
* Cruel Intent (2008) ISBN 1416563792

Anna Pigeon series by Nevada Barr
Track of the Cat Guadalupe Mountains NP 1993
A Superior Death Isle Royale NP 1994
Ill Wind Mesa Verde NP 1995
Firestorm Lassen Volcanic NP 1996
Endangered Species Cumberland Island National Seashore 1997
Blind Descent Carlsbad Caverns NP 1998
Liberty Falling Statue of Liberty 1999
Deep South Natchez Trace Parkway 2000
Blood Lure Glacier NP 2001
Hunting Season Natchez Trace Parkway February 2002
Flashback Dry Tortugas NP February 2003
High Country Yosemite NP February 2004
Hard Truth Rocky Mountain NP March 2005
Winter Study Isle Royale NP April 2008
Borderline Big Bend NP April 2009

Annals of the Western Shore is a childrens (teen?) book series by Ursula K. Le Guin
* Gifts, 2004
* Voices, 2006
* Powers, 2007

Benjamin Justice Mystery by John Morgan Wilson
#1 Simple Justice

Bernie Rhodenbarr novels about antiquarian book dealer by Lawrence Block
1. Burglars Can't Be Choosers (1977)
2. The Burglar in the Closet (1978)
3. The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling (1979)
4. The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza (1980)
5. The Burglar Who Painted Like Mondrian (1983)
6. The Burglar Who Traded Ted Williams (1994)
7. The Burglar Who Thought He Was Bogart (1995)
8. The Burglar in the Library (1997)
9. The Burglar in the Rye (1999)
10. The Burglar on the Prowl (2004)

Bryant & May by Christopher Fowler
1. Full Dark House
2. Water Room
3. Seventy-seven clocks
4. Ten Second Staircase
5. White Corridor
6. Victoria Vanishes
7. Bryant and May on the Loose

Cliff Janeway novels by John Dunning
* Booked to Die (1992) ISBN 0-684-19383-3
* The Bookman's Wake (1995) ISBN 0-684-80003-9
* The Bookman's Promise (2004) ISBN 0-7432-4992-5
* The Sign of the Book (2005) ISBN 0-7432-5505-4
* The Bookwoman's Last Fling (2006) ISBN 0-7432-8945-5

Courtney Series, South Africa Historical by Wilbur Smith
[Listed Chronologically]
Birds of Prey
Blue Horizon
Triumph of the Sun
When the Lion Feeds
The Sound of Thunder
A Sparrow Falls
The Burning Shore
Power of the Sword
Golden Fox
A Time To Die

The Cousins' War by Philippa Gregory
1. The White Queen (2009)
2. The Red Queen (TBA)
3. The White Princess (TBA)

Dave Robicheaux series by James Lee Burke
#1 Neon Rain

Deborah Knott mysteries by Margaret Maron
#1 Bootlegger's Daughter

Discworld by Terry Pratchett
1. The Colour of Magic
2. The Light Fantastic
3. Equal Rites
4. Mort
5. Sourcery
6. Wyrd Sisters
7. Pyramids
8. Guards! Guards!
9. Eric (illustrated by Josh Kirby)
10. Moving Pictures
11. Reaper Man
12. Witches Abroad
13. Small Gods
14. Lords and Ladies
15. Men at Arms
16. Soul Music
17. Interesting Times
18. Maskerade
19. Feet of Clay
20. Hogfather
21. Jingo
22. The Last Continent
23. Carpe Jugulum
24. The Fifth Elephant
25. The Truth
26. Thief of Time
27. The Last Hero (illustrated by Paul Kidby)
28. The Amazing Maurice & his Educated Rodents (for younger readers)
29. Night Watch
30. The Wee Free Men (for younger readers)
31. Monstrous Regiment
32. A Hat Full of Sky (for younger readers)
33. Going Postal
34. Thud!
35. Wintersmith (for younger readers)
36. Making Money
37. Unseen Academicals

Dragon Prince by Melanie Fawn
#1 Dragon Prince

Enders Saga by Orson Scott Card
#1 Enders Game

Hannah Swensen Mystery by Joanne Fluke
#1 Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder

Harry Bosch by Michael Connelly
#1 The Black Echo

J. P. Beaumont series by J.A. Jance
* Until Proven Guilty (1985) ISBN 0-380-89638-9
* Injustice for All (1986) ISBN 0-360-89641-9
* Trial by Fury (1986) ISBN 0-380-75138-0
* Taking the Fifth (1987) ISBN 0-380-75139-9
* Improbable Cause (1987) ISBN 0-380-75412-6
* A More Perfect Union (1988) ISBN 0-380-75413-4
* Dismissed with Prejudice (1989) ISBN 0-380-75547-5
* Minor in Possession (1990) ISBN 0-380-75546-7
* Payment in Kind (1991) ISBN 0-380-75836-9
* Without Due Process (1993) ISBN 0-380-75837-7
* Failure to Appear (1994) ISBN 0-380-75839-3
* Lying in Wait (1995) ISBN 0-380-71841-3
* Name Withheld (1997) ISBN 0-380-71842-1
* Breach of Duty (2000) ISBN 0-380-71483-X
* Birds of Prey (2002) ISBN 0-380-71654-2
* Partner in Crime (2003) ISBN 0-380-80470-0
* Long Time Gone (2005) ISBN 0-688-13824-1
* Justice Denied (2007) ISBN 0-006-05492-3

Jack Reacher can be found in the following books by Lee Child:
1. Killing Floor (March 1997)
2. Die Trying (July 1998)
3. Tripwire (June 1999)
4. Running Blind/The Visitor (The Visitor in the UK and Australia) (April 2000)
5. Echo Burning (ISBN 0-515-13331-0) (April 2001)
6. Without Fail (April 2002)
7. Persuader (April 2003)
8. The Enemy (Prequel, time frame occurs before Killing Floor) (April 2004)
9. One Shot (ISBN 0-385-33668-3) (April 2005)
10. The Hard Way (ISBN 0-385-33669-1) (May 2006)
11. Bad Luck and Trouble (ISBN 0-385-34055-9) (April 2007)
12. Nothing to Lose (ISBN 978-0593057025) (March 2008)
13. Gone Tomorrow (April 2009)
14. 61 Hours (2010)

Joanna Brady by J.A. Jance
#1 Desert Heat
#2 Tombstone Courage (1994) ISBN 0-380-76546-2
#3 Shoot Don't Shoot (1995) ISBN 0-380-76548-9
#4 Dead to Rights (1996) ISBN 0-380-72432-4
#5 Skeleton Canyon (1997) ISBN 0-380-72433-2
#6 Rattlesnake Crossing
#7 Outlaw Mountain (1999) ISBN 0-380-79248-6
#8 Devil's Claw (2000) ISBN 0-380-79249-4
#9 Paradise Lost (2001) ISBN 0-380-80469-7
#10 Exit Wounds
#11 Partner in Crime
#12 Dead Wrong (2006) ISBN 0-06-054090-7

Kate Brannigan series by Val McDermid
* Dead Beat (1992)
* Kick Back (1993)
* Crack Down (1994)
* Clean Break (1995)
* Blue Genes (1996)
* Star Struck (1998)

Kate Fansler Mysteries by Amanda Cross, (Pseudonym of Carolyn G. Heilbrun).
* In The Last Analysis (1964)
* The James Joyce Murder (1967)
* Poetic Justice (1970)
* The Theban Mysteries (1971)
* The Question of Max (1976)
* Death in a Tenured Position (1981, Nero Award winner)
* Sweet Death, Kind Death (1984)
* No Word From Winifred (1986)
* A Trap for Fools (1989)
* The Players Come Again (1990)
* An Imperfect Spy (1995)
* The Puzzled Heart (1998)
* Honest Doubt (2000)
* The Edge of Doom (2002)

Kate Martinelli by Laurie R. King
#1 A Grave Talent
#2 To Play the Fool
#3 With Child
#4 Night Work
#5 Art of Detection 

Kinsey Millhouse Mystery by Sue Grafton
A is for Alibi #1

Lindsay Gordon series by Val McDermid
* Report for Murder (1987)
* Common Murder (1989)
* Final Edition (1991) US Titles: Open and Shut, Deadline for Murder
* Union Jack (1993), US Title: Conferences are Murder
* Booked for Murder (1996)
* Hostage to Murder (2003)

Logan McRae by Stuart Macbride
#1 Cold Granite (2006)

Lucas Davenport by John Sandford
 #1 Rules of Prey

Mary Hervey series by Storm Jameson
#1 Lovely Ship
#2 Voyage Home
#3 A Richer Dust

Mary Russell series by Laurie R. King
#1 Beekeeper's Apprentice
#2 Monstrous Regiment of Women
#3 Letter of Mary
#4 Moor
#5 O Jerusalem
#6 Justice Hall
#7 Game
#8 Locked Rooms
#9 Language of Bees
#10 God of the Hive

Mitch Rapp by
#1 Transfer of Power (1999)

Nameless Detective by Bill Pronzini
#1 The Snatch (1971)

New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
#1 City of Glass (1985)

Nic Costa-series by David Hewson
A Season for the Dead (2003) ISBN 0-385-33722-1
The Villa of Mysteries (2004) ISBN 0-385-33772-8
The Sacred Cut (2005) ISBN 0-385-33849-X
The Lizard’s Bite (2006)
The Seventh Sacrament (2007)
The Garden of Evil (2008)Shortlisted for Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the
Year Award 2009.
Dante's Numbers (2008)
The Blue Demon (2009)

Page Murdock, US Deputy Marshall (western mystery series) by Loren D. Estleman
#1 High Rocks (1979)
#2 Stamping Ground (1980)
#3 Murdock's Law (1982)
#4 The Stranglers (1984)
#5 City of Widows (1995)
#6 White Desert (2000)

Sheriff Bo Tully by Patrick McManus
#1 The Blight Way

The Tudor series by Philippa Gregory
1. The Other Boleyn Girl (2001)
2. The Queen's Fool (2003)
3. The Virgin's Lover (2004)
4. The Constant Princess (2005)
5. The Boleyn Inheritance (2006)
6. The Other Queen (2008)

Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series by Val McDermid
* The Mermaids Singing (1995)
* The Wire in the Blood (1997)
* The Last Temptation (2002)
* The Torment of Others (2004)
* Beneath the Bleeding (2007)
* The Fever of the Bone (2009)

Walt Longmire Mysteries by Craig Johnson (set in Wyoming)
1. The Cold Dish
2. Death Without Company
3. Kindness Goes Unpunished
4. Another Man's Moccasins (MPIBA award)
5. The Dark Horse

Wideacre trilogy by Philippa Gregory
1. Wideacre (1987)
2. The Favoured Child (1989)
3. Meridon (1990)

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Samuel Johnson Prize (1999-2010)

The BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2010 Longlist, Finalists noted, winner to be honored on July 1 in London.

The Music Instinct by Philip Ball
Alex’s Adventures in Numberland by Alex Bellos --Finalist
Whole Earth Discipline by Stewart Brand
Making Haste from Babylon by Nick Bunker
Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India by William Dalrymple
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick --Winner!
Country Driving by Peter Hessler
The Secret Lives of Buildings by Edward Hollis
Blood Knots by Luke Jennings --Finalist
Family Britain 1951 – 1957 by David Kynaston
On Roads by Joe Moran
When Skateboards will be Free by Said Sayrafiezadeh
Too Big to Fail: Inside the Battle to save Wall Street by Andrew Ross Sorkin --Finalist
Burying the Bones by Hilary Spurling
The Woman Who Shot Mussolini by Frances Stoner Saunders
A Gambling Man by Jenny Uglow --Finalist
Dreams in a Time of War by Ngugi Wa Thiong’o
The Magnetic North by Sara Wheeler
Catching Fire: How Cooking made us Human by Richard Wrangham --Finalist

07/01/09: Leviathan, or The Whale by Philip Hoare won the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction. Chair of the judges Jacob Weisberg observed: "What made Leviathan stand out in a shortlist of wonderful reads was Philip Hoare’s lifelong passion for his subject and his skill in making his readers share it. His prose is dream-like and rises to the condition of literature."

Posted on: Thursday, May 14, 2009

Michael Holroyd’s first major biography in fifteen years on longlist up against Alain de Botton and Richard Holmes

The judges for the 2009 BBC Samuel Johnson Prize announced the longlist today, 14 May. Michael Holroyd’s first biography in fifteen years, A Strange Eventful History: The Dramatic Lives of Ellen Terry, Henry Irving and Their Remarkable Familes, is a compelling family saga of two great theatrical families, which showcases the passions and triumphs of the Victorian stages to the artistic endeavours and sexual adventures of the modern age.

Formerly The BBC FOUR Samuel Johnson Prize, the change in name reflects the BBC’s commitment to broadcasting coverage of the Prize on BBC TWO’s The Culture Show.

From a record number of entries, 166 in total, the 19 titles on the longlist range widely in interest and continue the prize’s reputation for highlighting diverse and thought-provoking books.

The list includes a dramatic history of Quantum theory; an honest memoir of a woman craving silence; an urgent and riveting account of bureaucrats, brothels and AIDS on the frontline of sex and drugs; and the story of the Wittgenstein family, one of the richest, most talented and most eccentric in European history.

Jacob Weisberg, one of America’s leading political journalists and commentators and chair of the judges, comments:

"The list released today is the fruit of a collective reading spree that I think I can say we've all enjoyed tremendously. All those included are distinguished, well-wrought books. Each has passionate advocates on our committee. I know how difficult it is going to be for us to whittle down to the short list over the next month."

Weisberg is joined on the panel by Dr Mark Lythgoeat University College London and Director of the Cheltenham Science Festival; Tim Marlow, writer, broadcaster and art historian and director of exhibitions at White Cube; Munira Mirza, Director of Policy, Arts, Culture and the Creative Industries at the Mayor of London’s office; and Sarah Sands, Deputy Editor at the London Evening Standard., neuroscientist

The BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non Fiction Longlist 2009

Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed
Soul of the Age: A Biography of the Mind of William Shakespeare by Jonathan Bate
Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town by Mary Beard
A Fork in the Road by Andre Brink
The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work by Alain De Botton
Science: A Four Thousand Year History by Patricia Fara
Bad Science by Ben Goldacre
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann
Leviathan by Philip Hoare -- WINNER!
The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science by Richard Holmes
A Strange Eventful History: The Dramatic Lives of Ellen Terry, Henry Irving and their Remarkable Families by Michael Holroyd
Darwin's Island: The Galapagos in the Garden of England by Steve Jones
Quantum : Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality by Manjit Kumar
The Man Who Invented History: Travels with Herodotus by Justin Marozzi
Hester: the Remarkable Life of Dr. Johnson's 'Dear Mistress' by Ian McIntyre
A Book of Silence by Sara Maitland
Sissinghurst: An Unfinished History by Adam Nicolson
The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels, and the Business of AIDS by Elizabeth Pisani
The House of Wittgenstein: A Family at War by Alexander Waugh

The shortlist will be announced in late May. The judges will announce the winner of the prize at an awards event at King’s Place, London on 30 June. The prize is worth £20,000 to the winner.

BBC TWO will televise the awards ceremony on a Culture Show special at 11.20pm on 30 June.

Former Winners

1999 Stalingrad by Antony Beevor (Penguin)
The shortlist was:
* Ian Kershaw, Hitler
* Ann Wroe, Pilate
* John Diamond, C: Because Cowards Get Cancer Too
* Richard Holmes, Coleridge: Darker Reflections
* David Landes, The Wealth and Poverty of Nations

2000 Berlioz: Servitude and Greatness by David Cairns (The Penguin Press)
The shortlist was:
* Tony Hawks, Playing the Moldovans at Tennis
* Brenda Maddox, Yeats's Ghosts
* Matt Ridley, Genome
* William Shawcross, Deliver Us From Evil
* Francis Wheen, Karl Marx

2001 The Third Reich: A New History by Michael Burleigh (Macmillan)
The shortlist was:
* Richard Fortey, Trilobite! Eyewitness to Evolution
* Catherine Merridale, Night of Stone
* Graham Robb, Rimbaud
* Simon Sebag Montefiore, Prince of Princes: The Life of Potemkin
* Robert Skidelsky, John Maynard Keynes

2002 Peacemakers: The Paris Peace Conference of 1919 by Margaret Macmillan (John Murray)
The shortlist was:
* Eamon Duffy, The Voices of Morebath
* William Fiennes, The Snow Geese
* Richard Hamblyn, The Invention of Clouds: How an Amateur Meteorologist Forged the Language of the Skies
* Roy Jenkins, Churchill: a Biography
* Brendan Simms, Unfinest Hour: Britain and the Destruction of Bosnia

2003 Pushkin: A biography by T.J. Binyon (HarperCollins)
The shortlist was:
* Orlando Figes, Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia
* Aminatta Forna, The Devil that Danced on the Water: A Daughter's Memoir of her Father, her Family, her Country and a Continent
* Olivia Judson, Dr Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation
* Claire Tomalin, Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self
* Edgar Vincent, Nelson: Love and Fame

2004 Stasiland by Anna Funder (Granta)
The shortlist was:
* Anne Applebaum Gulag: A History of the Soviet Camps
* Jonathan Bate John Clare: A Biography
* Bill Bryson A Short History of Nearly Everything
* Aidan Hartley The Zanzibar Chest: A Memoir of Love and War
* Tom Holland Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic

2005 Like a Fiery Elephant by Jonathan Coe (Picador)
The shortlist was:
* Alexander Masters Stuart: A Life Backwards
* Suketu Mehta Maximum City
* Orhan Pamuk Istanbul
* Hilary Spurling Matisse the Master
* Sarah Wise The Italian Boy: Murder and Grave-Robbery in 1830s London

2006 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare by James Shapiro (Faber & Faber)
The shortlist was:
* Alan Bennett Untold Stories
* Jerry Brotton The Sale of the Late King's Goods
* Carmen Callil Bad Faith
* Tony Judt Post War
* Tom Reiss The Orientalist

2007 Imperial Life in the Emerald City by Rajiv Chandrasekaran (Bloomsbury)
The other books on the 2007 shortlist were:
* Ian Buruma: Murder in Amsterdam
* Peter Hennessey: Having it so Good: Britain in the Fifties
* Georgina Howell: Daughter of the Desert
* Dominic Streatfeild: Brainwash
* Adrian Tinniswood: The Verneys

2008 The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale (Bloomsbury)
Other books on the 2008 shortlist were:
* Tim Butcher: Blood River: A Journey to Africa's Broken Heart
* Mark Cocker: Crow Country
* Orlando Figes: The Whisperers
* Patrick French: The World Is What It Is: The Authorised Biography of VS Naipaul
* Alex Ross: The Rest is Noise

Friday, July 2, 2010

Australian Book Industry Awards (2006-2010)

from Australian Book Industry Awards accessed 7/1/10

The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) announced the shortlists for its 2010 Awards today and Readings is honoured to have made the cut for Independent Bookseller of the Year for our Carlton shop. The shortlists were voted for by booksellers and publishers across the country and winners will be announced in Sydney on June 30.

Book of the Year 2010
* Australians: Origins to Eureka, written by Thomas Keneally, published by Allen & Unwin
* Bart: My Life, written by J.B. Cummings, published by Pan Macmillan
* Jasper Jones, written by Craig Silvey, published by Allen & Unwin  -- Winner!
* Ransom, written by David Malouf, published by Random House Australia
* Truth, written by Peter Temple, published by The Text Publishing Company

Newcomer of the Year (debut writer) 2010
* Piano Lessons, written by Anna Goldsworthy, published by Black Inc.  -- Winner!
* Red Dust, written by Fleur McDonald, published by Allen & Unwin
* Siddon Rock, written by Glenda Guest, published by Random House Australia
* The Virtuoso, written by Sonia Orchard, published by HarperCollins Publishers Australia
* The Weight of Silence, written by Catherine Therese, published by Hachette Australia

Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2010
* Dog Boy, written by Eva Hornung, published by The Text Publishing Company
* Jasper Jones, written by Craig Silvey, published by Allen & Unwin  -- Winner!
* Lovesong, written by Alex Miller, published by Allen & Unwin
* Ransom, written by David Malouf, published by Random House Australia
* The World Beneath, written by Cate Kennedy, published by Scribe Publications

Biography of the Year 2010
* Affection: A Memoir of Love, Sex and Intimacy, written by Krissy Kneen
* Bart: My Life, written by J.B. Cummings, published by Pan Macmillan  -- Winner!
* Cadel Evans: Close to Flying, written by Cadel Evans, published by Hardie Grant
* Charles Kingsford Smith and Those Magnificent Men, written by Peter FitxSimons
* Hey Mum, What’s a Half-Caste?, written by Lorraine McGee-Sippel

General Fiction Book of the Year 2010
* Heartless, written by Tasma Walton, published by University of Queensland Press
* The Cattleman’s Daughter, written by Rachael Treasure, published by Penguin Australia
* The Death of Bunny Munro, written by Nick Cave, published by The Text Publishing Company
* The Five Greatest Warriers, written by Matthew Reilly, published by Pan Macmillan
* Truth, written by Peter Temple, published by The Text Publishing Company  -- Winner!

General Nonfiction Book of the Year 2010
* Australians: Origins to Eureka, written by Thomas Keneally  -- Winner!
* Bendable Learnings, written by Don Watson, published by Random House Australia
* Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature, edited by Nicholas Jose
* Piano Lessons, written by Anna Goldsworthy, published by Black Inc.
* The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty, written by Peter Singer, published by The Text Publishing Company

Illustrated Book of the Year 2010
* A Life on Pittwater, written by Susan Duncan, published by Random House Australia
* Stephanie Alexander’s Kitchen Garden Companion, written by Stephanie Alexander,  -- Winner!
* Thai Street Food, written by David Thompson, published by Penguin Australia
* The Mind and Times of Reg Mombassa, written by Murray Waldron
* The Songs of Sapa, written by Luke Nguyen, published by Murdoch Books

Book of the Year for Older Children (age range 8 to14 years) 2010
* Liar, written by Justine Larbalestier, published by Allen & Unwin
* Parlour Games for Modern Families, written by Myfanwy Jones & Spiri Tsintziras, published by Scribe Publications  -- Winner!
* The Billionaire’s Curse, written by Richard Newsome, published by The Text Publishing Company
* The Ghost’s Child, writen Sonya Hartnett
* The Ranger’s Apprentice: Halt’s Peril, written by John Flanagan

Book of the Year 2009
The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas  -- Winner!
Breath by Tim Winton
Tales From Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan
The Boat by Nam Le
The Tall Man by Chloe Hooper

Newcomer of the Year 2009
The Boat by Nam Le  -- Winner!
A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn
Never Say Die by Chris O’Brien,
The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow by A.J. Mackinnon

Illustrated Book of the Year 2009
Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan   -- Winner!
A Brush with Birds by Penny Olsen
The Artist’ s Lunch by Alice McCormick & Sarah Rhodes
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights by Michel Streich
Utopia: the Genius of Emily Kame Kngwarreye, edited by Margo Neale

Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2009
The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas  -- Winner!
Breath by Tim Winton
The Boat by Nam Le
The Lieutenant by Kate Grenville
The Spare Room by Helen Garner

Book of the Year for Older Children 2009
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta   -- Winner!
A Rose for the ANZAC Boys by Jackie French
Australia Dragon Dawn by Carole Wilkinson
Home and Away, by John Marsden, illustrated by Matt Ottley
Australia Pip: The Story of Olive, written by Kim Kane

Biography of the Year 2009
The Lucy Family Alphabet by Judith Lucy   -- Winner!
I am Melba by Ann Blainey
Never Say Die by Chris O’Brien
Stella Miles Franklin: A Biography by Jill Roe

General Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2009
The Tall Man by Chloe Hooper  -- Winner!
1788 by David Hill
Life in His Hands by Susan Wyndham
The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow by A.J. Mackinnon
What’s Happening to Our Girls by Maggie Hamilton

General Fiction Book of the Year 2009
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton  -- Winner!
A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn
All Together Now by Monica McInerney
How To Break Your Own Heart by Maggie Alderson
The Build Up, written by Phillip Gwynne

Illustrated Book of the Year 2008
Alfred Gregory by Alfred Gregory
Maggie’s Harvest by Maggie Beer -- Winner!
Pier by Greg Doyle
Secrets of the Red Lantern by Pauline Nguyen
The Great Gatsby, by F Scott FitzGerald, illustrated by Nicky Greenberg

Biography of the Year 2008
Andrew Johns: The Two of Me, by Andrew Johns & Neil Cadigan
Arthur Boyd: a life by Darleen Bungey -- Winner!
Births Deaths Marriages by Georgia Blain
I Peed on Fellini by David Stratton
Josh Hartnett Definitely Wants To Do This... by Bruce Beresford

General Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2008
American Journeys by Don Watson
Girl Stuff by Kaz Cooke -- Winner!
Poll Dancing: The Story of the 2007 Election by Mungo MacCallum
Vietnam: The Australian War by Paul Ham
Australia Who Killed Channel 9? by Gerald Stone

Book of the Year for Older Children (age range 8 to14 years) 2008
Dragon Moon by Carole Wilkinson
Ranger’ s Apprentice 7: Erak’ s Ransom by John Flanagan -- Winner!
The Key to Rondo by Emily Rodda
The Shadow Thief, by Alexandra Adornetto
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, illustrated by Robert Ingpen

Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2008
A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks -- Winner!
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Children by Charlotte Wood
The Memory Room by Christopher Koch

General Fiction Book of the Year 2008
Addition by Toni Jordan
Sucked In by Shane Maloney
The River Baptists by Belinda Castles,
The Six Sacred Stones by Matthew Reilly
Those Faraday Girls by Monica McInerney -- Winner!

Newcomer of the Year (debut writer) 2008
A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz
Addition by Toni Jordan
People Like Us by Waleed Aly
Secrets of the Red Lantern by Pauline Nguyen -- Winner!
Van Diemen’s Land by James Boyce

Book of the Year 2008
American Journeys by Don Watson
Girl Stuff by Kaz Cooke
Maggie’s Harvest by Maggie Beer
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks -- Winner!
The Book Thief, written by Markus Zusak

Australian Illustrated Book of the Year 2007
Every Day by Bill Granger
Garden of a Lifetime by Anne Latreille,
Keeping Culture: Aboriginal Tasmania, edited by Amanda Reynolds
Matt Moran by Matt Moran,
My French Life by Vicki Archer -- Winner!

Australian Biography of the Year 2007
A Thinking Reed by Barry Jones
Florence Broadhurst by Helen O’Neill
Jonestown by Chris Masters -- Winner!
My Story by General Peter Cosgrove
Unpolished Gem by Alice Pung

Australian General Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2007
Agamemnon’s Kiss: Selected Essays by Inga Clendinnen
Inhaling the Mahatma by Christopher Kremmer
Silencing Dissent, edited by Clive Hamilton & Sarah Madison,
The Great War by Les Carlyon -- Winner!
Tobruk by Peter FitzSimons

Australian Book of the Year for Older Children (age range 8 to14 years) 2007
On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta,
Rose By Any Other Name by Maureen McCarthy
Ten Things I Hate About Me by Randa Abdel-Fattah
The Arrival, by Shaun Tan -- Winner!
We Are the Weather Makers: Story of Global Warming by Tim Flannery

Australian Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2007
Careless by Deborah Robertson
Carpentaria by Alexis Wright -- Winner!
Every Move You Make by David Malouf
Theft: A Love Story by Peter Carey
Underground by Andrew McGahan

Australian General Fiction Book of the Year 2007
Cents & Sensibility by Maggie Alderson
Cricket Kings by William McInnes
The Harsh Cry of the Heron by Lian Hearn
The Shifting Fog by Kate Morton -- Winner!
The Valley by Di Morrissey

Australian Newcomer of the Year (debut writer) 2007
Blowing My Own Trumpet by James Morrison
Swallow the Air by Tara June Winch
The Shifting Fog by Kate Morton
Undertow by Sydney Bauer
Unpolished Gem by Alice Pung -- Winner!

Australian Book of the Year 2007
A Thinking Reed by Barry Jones
Jonestown by Chris Masters
The Arrival, by Shaun Tan
The Great War by Les Carlyon -- Winner!
Unpolished Gem by Alice Pung

Australian Illustrated Book of the Year 2006
Italian Joy by Carla Coulson -- Winner!
Saha by Greg & Lucy Malouf
The Travel Book, published by Lonely Planet Publications

Australian Biography of the Year 2006
A Man’s Got to Have a Hobby by William McInnes
Far From a Still Life: Margaret Olley by Meg Stewart -- Winner!
Out of My Comfort Zone by Steve Waugh

Australian General Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2006
Spotless: room-by-room solutions to domestic disasters by Shannon Lush and Jennifer Fleming,
The Latham Diaries by Mark Latham
The Weather Makers: The History and Future Impact of Climate Change by Tim Flannery -- Winner!

Australian Book of the Year for Older Children (age range 8 to14 years) 2006
Does My Head Look Big In This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah -- Winner!
Sir Thursday by Garth Nix
The Secret World of Wombats by Jackie French

Australian Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2006
March by Geraldine Brooks,
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Secret River by Kate Grenville -- Winner!

Australian General Fiction Book of the Year 2006
How to Kill Your Husband (and other handy household hints) by Kathy Lette,
Seven Ancient Wonders by Matthew Reilly
The Broken Shore by Peter Temple -- Winner!

Australian Newcomer of the Year (debut writer) 2006
A Man’s Got to Have a Hobby by William McInnes -- Winner!
Everyman’ s Rules for Scientific Living by Carrie Tiffany
In My Skin: A Memoir by Kate Holden

Australian Book of the Year 2006
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Secret River by Kate Grenville -- Winner!
The Weather Makers: The History and Future Impact of Climate Change by Tim Flannery