Summertime and the Reading is Easy

Award Winners

For some inspiration, these are some of the award winning reads that rocked (at least some corners) of the world in 2013.

The Queensland Literary Awards winners including Mullumbimby by Melissa Lucashenko – an intelligent comedy about indigenous land rights and the modern woman

The winner of Man Booker Prize of 2013 is so long that it’s probably wiser to put it on the Christmas wish list than hope to obtain a library copy in the near future. However the contenders are worth reading too: Harvest by Jim Crace is an atmospheric historical novel set in the English countryside awash with mysteries and change while The Marrying of Chani Kaufman by Eve Harris describes an ultra-orthodox Jewish girl set to marry a man she has never met before.

Australia’s leading award the Miles Franklin was won by Michelle de Kretser for Questions of Travel for story about two characters dreaming of world travel – one in Sri Lanka and one in Sydney.  On the shortlist was The Mountain by Drusilla Modjeska set in Papua New Guinea where a European couple arrive to study a remote village but are confronted by the upheaval of the new local university.

Most Talked About

Meanwhile if you’re seen the TV series, try reading the books of the Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R.Martin , these are  (in order):

How to Find

If you know the title, the easiest way to locate it is through a title search in the library catalogue  and if it’s out or you’d like it brought to your favourite campus – try the orange “place a hold or intercampus request” button.

 Overdrive, a database of popular fiction ebooks including children’s, science fiction and fantasy as mysteries that can be accessed from your smartphone or tablet.

Photograph by Silvia Sala

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