Monthly Archives: June 2012

Philip Bray talks with Dom Knight on ABC Radio 702

Last Tuesday I again did the book spot on ‘Evenings with Dom’. Usually I review a few books and Dom adds a few comments or asks a few questions. This week we did something different. We asked listeners to tell … Continue reading

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The Picador Countdown: Number 2

Picador’s bestsellers; number 2.Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts. Where to start in writing about this extraordinary Australian novel which has received rave reviews around the world? Perhaps with the remarkable author. Gregory David Roberts was born in Melbourne. Highly educated … Continue reading

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Meet The Author Evening

How does a Balmain woman, while pregnant, write a novel which then sparks an international bidding war and gets sold to nine other countries including the USA, France, Germany and Britain? And what is she working on now? You can find out … Continue reading

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The Picador Countdown. Number 3.

If this was an Olympic event we would be into the medal winners! And the bronze medal goes to……..Picador’s best sellers: Number 3. ‘The Language of Flowers’ – Vanessa Diffenbaugh I rated this among my top 3 international fiction books of … Continue reading

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Signed Limited Edition of Hilary Mantel’s ‘Bring Up The Bodies’

We have been very fortunate to obtain 5 copies (of only 500 worldwide) of this beautiful hardback edition signed by Hilary Mantel! At only $55 it is real value and would make a superb gift to either youself or a friend. ‘Bring … Continue reading

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Miles Franklin Winner review

Congratulations to Anna Funder for winning this year’s Miles franklin Award. And congratulations  also to the other short-listed authors because they have all written very fine novels! On September 12th last year I posted a blog headed “Anna Funder’s Brilliant … Continue reading

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The Picador Countdown. Number 4

Picador’s best sellers: Number 4. ‘That Deadman Dance’ – Kim Scott. This wonderful novel won the 2011 Miles Franklin Award and was Regional Winner of The Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Set in the first decades of the 19th Century in the … Continue reading

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Our competitions

So far we have only 4 comments in the running for this month’s 3 give-away Brays Books Vouchers for this month -let’s have some more! And for the fun Patrick White competition? Only 2 entries so far to win the … Continue reading

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The Picador Countdown. Number 5

Picador’s best sellers: Number 5. ‘Lovely Bones’ – Alice Sebold. Like ‘Room’ (see earlier blog) ‘Lovely Bones’  is based upon an awful situation but is neither mawkish nor prurient. It is painfully funny and terribly sad. Fourteen year old Susie … Continue reading

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The Picador Countdown. Number 6.

Picador’s best sellers: Number 6. ‘Room’ – Emma Donoghue. Like so many best selling books ‘Room’ has had and continues to have a lot of ‘word-of-mouth’ recommendations. It is a novel that makes you think and gives you a different … Continue reading

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