Category Archives: Australian Books

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

Posted in A S Patric, Australian Books, Bronwyn, Charlotte Wood, Elizabeth Harrower, Fiona Wright, Lucy Treloar, Miles Franklin Award, Mireille Juchau, Myfanwy Jones, Peggy Frew, Stella Prize, Stephen Daisley, Stephen Orr, Tegan Daylight Bennett, Tony Birch | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Australian Authors, Australian Books, Ben Ferguson, Crime and mystery fiction, Favel Parrett, Fiction, Michael Robotham, Miles Franklin Award, Philip Bray | 3 Comments

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

Posted in Australian Books, David Hill, David Hill, David Malouf, David Marr, Fiction, Musings, Philip Bray | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Two great sailors – Flinders and Pellew

It’s a great month for sailors, real or wannabee, with these two fantastic biographies now available. You might not be familiar with Edward Pellew but he is thought to be the inspiration for Jack Aubrey in Patrick O’Brians wonderful ‘Commander’ … Continue reading

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The most entertaining book I have read this year, and other terrific books

###################The most  entertaining book I have read this year is ‘The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared’. The author, Jonas Jonasson ,was inspired by his grandfather’s storytelling abilities and has certainly carried on the family … Continue reading

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