Category Archives: Australian Books

Miles Franklin Shortlist 2017

The Miles Franklin Literary Award Shortlist was announced this week. The finalists are: An Isolated Incident by Emily Maguire (Picador) The Last Days of Ava Langdon by Mark O’Flynn  (UQP) Their Brilliant Careers by Ryan O’Neill (Black Inc.) Waiting by Philip Salom (Puncher … Continue reading

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Pretty Book Covers

Do attractive covers influence you when you’re book browsing? The good folk at the Australian Book Design Awards 2017 think so. Each year for the past 65 years, they have celebrated the bravest and brightest, the most original and beautiful books published in … Continue reading

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Stella Prize Longlist 2017

We love a good longlist at Brays! The joy of seeing a staff favourite or two nominated, followed by the lovely bookish challenge of reading as many of the others before the winner is announced. So far, we have read The Hate Race, … Continue reading

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Great New Non-Fiction for November!

True Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia by David Hunt First there was Girt. Now comes . . . True Girt. Format: Paperback Category: Non-Fiction Publisher: Penguin Publish Date: October 2016 RRP: $32.99     In this side-splitting sequel to his … Continue reading

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Book Launch for Circle

Last week Bronwyn attended the launch of Jeannie Baker’s latest picture book, Circle. Jeannie is one of the many very talented artists who we are delighted to claim as ‘local’. Her last picture book, Mirror featured many local scenes including our … Continue reading

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Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin

‘Tis the season for longlists and shortlists! Those of us in the book industry love a good book award. The chance to debate and discuss the merits of our favourite books; to rail against or celebrate the judges choices is one … Continue reading

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Indie Book Awards

This week saw the announcement of the Indie Book awards at a ceremony in Sydney on Wednesday night. The Indies began in 2008. Their aim is to highlight “the best Australian writing as chosen by Australian Independent Booksellers.” The Indies … Continue reading

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I’ve BeenTravelling the World Through Books

               In  recent weeks I’ve been travelling across the world and through time and I’ve done it without leaving my lounge room – except for the occasional cup of coffee. I’ve travelled through books. Not travel guides or tales of … Continue reading

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James Lee Burke, Tony Windsor and Fredrik Backman

Just a quick note about three great new books; one fiction, one crime fiction and one non-fiction.  Ove is a curmudgeonly old man but behind his gruff exterior lies a story and sadness. Things change when a young family move … Continue reading

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The 3 Davids; Hill, Malouf and Marr

I was a guest at a glittering party given by Random House Publishers last Friday night. It was to farewell Margie Seale who is stepping down from the role of MD to become a non-executive Director. I have known Margie … Continue reading

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