Book of the Year 2011 WinnersThe winner and honour books in each of the categories are decided at the Judges' Conferences after extensive discussion and by secret ballot by the Judges.
Older Readers Younger Readers Early Childhood Picture Books Eve Pownall
These awards are funded by generous donations to the CBCA Awards Foundation, especially the Benefactors and Major Donors.NOTE: These books may be for mature readers
Author Title Publisher WINNER Hartnett, Sonya The Midnight Zoo Viking Books, Penguin Group (Australia) HONOUR Crowley, Cath Graffiti Moon Pan Macmillan Australia HONOUR MacLeod, Doug The Life of a Teenage Body-Snatcher Penguin Books, Penguin Group (Australia)NOTE: These books are intended for independent younger readers
Author Title Publisher WINNER Carmody, Isobelle The Red Wind Viking Books, Penguin Group (Australia) HONOUR Bauer, Michael Gerard Just a Dog Omnibus Books, Scholastic Australia HONOUR
Illus: Davis, Sarah
Violet Mackerel's Brilliant Plot Walker BooksNOTE: Intended for children in the pre-reading to early reading stages
Author Title Publisher WINNER Ormerod, Jan
Illus: Blackwood, Freya
Maudie and Bear Little Hare Books HONOUR Champion, Tom Niland & Niland, Kilmeny
Illus: Niland, Deborah
The Tall Man and the Twelve Babies Allen & Unwin HONOUR Norrington, Leonie
Illus: Huxley, Dee
Look See, Look at Me Allen & UnwinNOTE: Intended for an audience ranging from birth to 18 years. Some books may be for mature readers
Author Title Publisher JOINT
Baker, Jeannie Mirror Walker Books JOINT WINNER Greenberg, Nicki Hamlet Allen & Unwin HONOUR Bancroft, Bronwyn Why I Love Australia
Little Hare Books HONOUR Riddle, Tohby My Uncle's Donkey
Viking Books, Penguin Group (Australia)NOTE: Intended for an audience ranging from birth to 18 years. Some books may be for mature readers
Author Title Publisher WINNER Ursula Dubosarsky
Illus: Riddle, Tohby
The Return of the Word Spy
Viking Books, Penguin Group (Australia) HONOUR Brooks, Ron Drawn From the Heart: A Memoir
Allen & Unwin HONOUR One Arm Point Remote Community School Our World: Bardi Jaawi: Life at Ardiyooloon
The first agent Annabel Pitcher approached with her debut novel, My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece, may well be kicking herself now. "Commercially disastrous" was her crisp rejection of the novel that went on to be the subject of an auction war between publishers in both the UK and the US, a crossover sales success and is in the running for the Guardian children's fiction prize, among other awards.
BY Belinda White | 15 August 2011
Supermodel Tyra Banks, who rose to fame in the early nineties after becoming the first African American woman to cover GQ and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue , is more famous these days for her television role as the creator and host of America's Next Top Model - now in its 17th series.
With a CV like that, who could be better placed to pen a novel set against the backdrop of bitch fighting and backstabbing that is the model industry?
But anyone expecting Tyra, 37, to write a warts and all exposé of the pressures on young models, or the raw truth behind the fashion business, better think again. Modelland'is not so much an auto-biography as the stuff of a mad man's dreams.
I haven't posted any pictures of people reading for a long time, but, inspired by the book Girl Reading by Katie Ward, I'm starting again. Today.
Summer readings: My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
A family holiday on the Greek island of Paxos was the perfect setting for my first encounter with hermit crabs and a classic tale.
I am not sure quite why I have such an affection for My Family and Other Animals: my brother referred to me as Margo for quite some time, not because of my effortless ability to attract various languid Greek youths, but because I was a bit spotty, and so was she: "swollen up like a plate of scarlet porridge", as Larry puts it. How unfair.
FORGOTTEN Letters is an anthology of poems, letters and essays by popular and critically acclaimed dyslexic writers. It is collected and produced by RASP Books (www.r-a-s-p.co.uk), an independent publishing initiative that specialises in promoting and publishing dyslexic writers and aims to “to (re)discover and promote writers who write differently”, “raise awareness of dyslexia” and explore dyslexia as a difference, not as a problem.
In an interview conducted via Gtalk, anthology editor Naomi Folb said, “I think that people assume you have a really hard time and that you find everything very difficult, whereas I don't see dyslexia in this way. For me it is just a way of thinking.”
Folb, 32, herself dyslexic, is currently based in Århus, Denmark, where she is a PhD student, researching dyslexia.
“For my degree, I have interviewed writers and journalists, and also mathematicians and engineers because I want to know how dyslexia is ‘used’ in different professions and how dyslexics perceive dyslexia, in different contexts,” she said, adding that she notices that what dyslexics have in common is the ability to “generate ideas quickly” and “not follow conventions”.
Folb said the work that will be published in Forgotten Letters reflects the way dyslexics communicate ideas and emotions through words. She said, “It is the book I always wished I could have had. It was the book that didn't exist and because of that, I didn't know I was not ‘less’.”
Four first time novelists selected
26 July 2011
The longlist for the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction - the ‘Man Booker Dozen' - is announced today, Tuesday 26 July. The 13 books on the list include: one former Man Booker Prize winner; two previously shortlisted writers and one longlisted author; four first time novelists and three Canadian writers. The list also includes three new publishers to the prize - Oneworld, Sandstone Press and Seren Books.
The titles were chosen by a panel of five judges chaired by author and former Director-General of MI5, Dame Stella Rimington.
A total of 138 books, seven of which were called in by the judges, were considered for the ‘Man Booker Dozen' longlist. They are:
Julian Barnes The Sense of an Ending (Jonathan Cape - Random House)
Sebastian Barry On Canaan's Side (Faber)
Carol Birch Jamrach's Menagerie (Canongate Books)
Patrick deWitt The Sisters Brothers (Granta)
Esi Edugyan Half Blood Blues (Serpent's Tail - Profile)
Yvvette Edwards A Cupboard Full of Coats (Oneworld)
Alan Hollinghurst The Stranger's Child (Picador - Pan Macmillan)
Stephen Kelman Pigeon English (Bloomsbury)
Patrick McGuinness The Last Hundred Days (Seren Books)
A.D. Miller Snowdrops (Atlantic)
Alison Pick Far to Go (Headline Review)
Jane Rogers The Testament of Jessie Lamb (Sandstone Press)
D.J. Taylor Derby Day (Chatto & Windus - Random House)
The chair of judges, Dame Stella Rimington, comments:
'We are delighted by the quality and breadth of our longlist, which emerged from an impassioned discussion. The list ranges from the Wild West to multi-ethnic London via post-Cold War Moscow and Bucharest, and includes four first novels.'
The four first time novelists on the list are Stephen Kelman, A.D. Miller, Yvvette Edwards and Patrick McGuinness. Canadian author Alison Pick, like McGuinness, is a published poet and is joined by fellow Canadians, Patrick deWitt and Esi Edugyan, on the longlist.
The list includes one former winner, Alan Hollinghurst, who won the prize in 2004 for The Line of Beauty. He was also shortlisted in 1994 for The Folding Star. Two previously shortlisted authors also make the list: Irish writer Sebastian Barry (The Secret Scripture, 2008 and A Long Long Way, 2005) and Julian Barnes (Arthur and George, 2005, England, England, 1998 and Flaubert's Parrot, 1984). Carol Birch was longlisted in 2003 for Turn Again Home.
The shortlist of six authors will be announced on Tuesday 6 September at a press conference at Man Group's London headquarters. The winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction will be announced on Tuesday 18 October at a dinner at London's Guildhall and will be broadcast on the BBC.
The winner will receive £50,000 and each of the six shortlisted authors, including the winner, will receive £2,500 and a designer bound edition of their book.
The judges for the 2011 Prize are writer and journalist, Matthew d'Ancona; author, Susan Hill; author and politician, Chris Mullin and Head of Books at the Daily Telegraph, Gaby Wood. Dame Stella Rimington is the Chair.
Tots to Teens, Star 2 on Sunday
I’M told that mermaids are the next big (floppy and wet) thing in YA fiction. A rather anatomically inconvenient mythological creature to write about if you ask me. The tail, of course, would be an excellent method of birth control. In fact, it would prohibit sexual intercourse altogether (wouldn’t it? My knowledge of aquatic vertebrate anatomy is practically non-existent) and this would surely meet with the approval of nervous parents and those who promote sexual abstinence among the young.
And what about the settings of these books? Mermaids have restricted mobility and any action would have to take place by the sea, on the sea or in the sea. I’m not sure if they need salt water to survive. If not, then at least these mermaid characters could also hang out in a swimming pool, or bath-tub. At a pinch they might also be propped up in a shower stall with the water running.
In The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen, a mermaid manages to replace her tail with legs and feet, but at great cost. Every step she takes with her new feet, feels like she’s walking on sharp knives. I have always found this story really off-putting because of the extremes this little twit is willing to go through for a man.