Monday, 22 October 2012

Some books to consider for 2013

Potential Stella Prize contenders

The following books have been suggested by novelist Chris Flynn as possibilities for the (inaugural) 2012 Stella Prize:

  • Carrie Tiffany, Mateship with Birds
  • Deborah Robertson, Sweet Old World
  • Paddy O’Reilly, The Fine Colour of Rust
  • Susan Johnson, My Hundred Lovers
  • Josephine Rowe, Tarcutta Wake
  • Toni Jordan, Nine Days
  • Chloe Hooper, The Engagement
  • Michele DeKretser, Questions of Travel
  • Drusilla Modjeska, The Mountain
  • Romy Ash, Floundering

I've only read a couple of these so far (the Toni Jordan and Deborah Robertson), but they are probably all worth considering.

Canberra region books

We've talked about having a bit of a focus on Canberra next year given the centenary. Here are some ideas for that too:

  • Irma Gold (ed), The Invisible Thread (an anthology of works by writers with a Canberra association)
  • Alan Gould, The Seaglass Spiral
  • Anita Heiss, Paris Dreaming (indigenous chicklit, deals with Aboriginal art and set in Canberra and Paris)
  • Frank Moorhouse, Cold light (the third in his Edith trilogy and set in the Canberra public service)
  • Kel Robertson, Smoke and mirrors (a crime book, and the book voted to represent Canberra in this year's National Year of Reading)

And of course

Hilary Mantel, Bring up the bodies (sequel to Wolf Hall and this year's Booker winner)

If you have other ideas, let me know in the comments and I'll add them to this post. We'll be discussing our schedule at our November meeting.