Kazuo Ishiguro, author of novels including The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go, has won the Nobel Prize in Literature 2017 “who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.”
Read more in this article in the Guardian:
No holds are barred as the Cleary family attempts to put long-held tensions behind them to celebrate a milestone. What could possibly go wrong?
Kungadgee, Victoria, Australia. A weekend in late November, 2014. At Hugh and Christine Cleary’s new vineyard, Whipbird, six generations of the Cleary family are coming together from far and wide to celebrate the 160th anniversary of the arrival of their ancestor Conor Cleary from Ireland. Hugh has been meticulously planning the event for months – a chance to proudly showcase Whipbird to the extended clan. Some of these family members know each other; some don’t. As the wine flows, it promises to be an eventful couple of days.
Comic, topical, honest, sharply intelligent, and, above all, sympathetic, Robert Drewe’s exhilarating new novel tells a classic Australian family saga as it has never been told before.
Robert Drewe’s Whipbird is the book for discussion on Wednesday 11th October at 5.30pm. See you there!
Here is the Top Ten Bestselling Fiction list from Better Reading:
- The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz (Hachette)
- Secrets in Death by J. D. Robb (Hachette)
- The Right Time by Danielle Steel (Macmillan)
- The Break by Marian Keyes (Michael Joseph)
- Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton (Mantle)
- Good Friday by Lynda La Plante (Zaffre Publishing)
- It (Film Tie-In Edition) by Stephen King (Hachette)
- A Legacy of Spies by John le Carre (Viking)
- The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory (Simon & Schuster)
- Insidious Intent by Val McDermid (Hachette)
© Nielsen BookScan 2017 Week Ending 9/9/17
Paul Auster, Emily Fridlund, Mohsin Hamid, Fiona Mozley, George Saunders and Ali Smith are announced as the six shortlisted authors for the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.
The judges remarked that the novels, each in its own way, challenge and subtly shift our preconceptions — about the nature of love, about the experience of time, about questions of identity and even death.
In the fourth year that the prize has been open to writers of any nationality, the shortlist is made up of two British, one British-Pakistani and three American writers.
The 2017 shortlist of six novels is:
Title Author (nationality) (imprint)
4321 by Paul Auster (US) (Faber & Faber)
History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund (US) (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (UK-Pakistan) (Hamish Hamilton)
Elmet by Fiona Mozley (UK) (JM Originals)
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (US) (Bloomsbury Publishing)
Autumn by Ali Smith (UK) (Hamish Hamilton)
For more on the shortlist go to:
This book was described by one reviewer as “the perfect summer beach read literally about books on the beach.”
So the Pageturner ratings out of 5 for Camino Island by John Grisham ranged from 1 – 4. It made for a great discussion as we debated whether authors should stray from their respective genres. In this case as the New York Times stated John Grisham took a vacation from writing John Grisham (law) novels. We talked about the plot, characters, winners and losers, setting, writer characters in the book, the writing style, the hero and heroine, writer’s block, the rare book heist, the mechanics of the crime and the ending.
Comments from Pageturners included: “lightweight read, lacked gravitas of his earlier novels, lots of details about books, boring as batshit, read like a film script, enjoyed reading it, good easy read, far too neatly structured and devised, I grew sick of Provence antiques, there were some bits I really enjoyed like the lunch Mercer has with her father, it gave an insight into rare books, liked the short chapters, I wanted to read on to see what happened, so different to his other books, left little impression on me and no one paid for their crimes (there are a couple of exceptions).”
The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 11th October at 5.30pm to discuss Robert Drewe’s new novel Whipbird.
PS. Ann and Patricia win the prize for guessing the Miles Franklin Award winner Josephine Wilson for Extinctions.
Bestselling author John Grisham stirs up trouble in paradise in his endlessly surprising new thriller. Priceless F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts stolen in a daring heist; a young woman recruited to recover them; a beach resort bookseller who gets more than he bargained for, all in one long summer on Camino Island. This is the book for discussion at the Pageturners Book Discussion Club meeting on Wednesday 13th September at 5.30pm. All interested people are welcome to come along. See you there!
Josephine Wilson’s novel Extinctions, published by UWA Publishing, has won the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award. The judging panel described it as “compassionate and unapologetically intelligent.”
Two Pageturners guessed this one would be the winner!
Read more about the author in the Sydney Morning Herald:
It tops off a stunning award-winning run for Jane Harper, a former Herald Sun journalist. The novel, which first won the 2015 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, has gone on to scoop the 2017 Indie Award Book of the Year and the 2017 Australian Book Industry Awards Australian Book of the Year Award. Rights have been sold in 27 territories worldwide, and film rights optioned to US actor and producer Reese Witherspoon and her Australian co-producer Bruna Papandrea.
The Dry (Pan Macmillan) by Melbourne author Jane Harper took out two awards at Sisters in Crime’s 17th Davitt Awards for best crime books by women on Saturday night (26 August) at Melbourne’s Thornbury Theatre. Her debut novel won Davitts for Best Adult Novel and Readers’ Choice, as judged by the 600 members of Sisters in Crime.
Jacqui Horwood, the Davitt Judges’ wrangler, said, “The Dry is an atmospheric and claustrophobic read that explores the complexities of life in a rural community through the lens of a devastating crime. The judges were impressed Harper’s tight control of the narrative and her well-realised characters. A well-crafted and delivered crime novel.”
Harper told the crowd,” No-one knows crime quite like the Sisters in Crime, so I’m thrilled that my novel has been singled out by such a discerning group. The Dry has been embraced in a way I never could have imagined when I started writing it, and I’m so grateful to the Sisters in Crime for championing not only this novel but all crime writing by Australian women writers. There are few groups more committed to their chosen genre and your enthusiasm breathes life and energy into books you support.”
Here is the Top Ten Best Selling Fiction List listed by Better Reading from Neilsen Bookscan week ending 12/8/17:
- The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory (Simon & Schuster)
- Fifty Fifty by James Patterson & Candice Fox (Century)
- The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter (HarperCollins)
- House of Spies by Daniel Silva (HarperCollins)
- Colombiano by Rusty Young (Bantam)
- The Late Show by Michael Connolly (Allen & Unwin)
- The Trip of a Lifetime by Monica McInerney (Michael Joseph)
- The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham (Hachette)
- The Store by James Patterson (Century)
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (Vintage).
In this illuminating novel, Dennis Glover masterfully explores the creation of Orwell’s classic work, which for millions of readers worldwide defined the twentieth century. Simultaneously a captivating drama, a unique literary excavation and an unflinching portrait of a beloved British writer, The Last Man in Europe will change the way you understand Nineteen Eighty-Four
Pageturners had an interesting discussion about The Last Man in Europe by Dennis Glover with topics including Communism, Socialism, language, fiction, alternative news, Trump, biography, the book’s title, the book Nineteen Eighty-Four and current war and conflict zones.
Pageturners comments included “very interesting to read Orwell again, very thought-provoking book, a hybrid between biography and fiction, the book Nineteen Eighty-Four is relevant now, highlighted the power of language, learnt about the Spanish Civil War, made me want to re-read Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four, traces the life of Orwell and how he came up with his ideas, very interesting model for a book, a lot of his thoughts relevant today and it’s a reflection of Orwell’s mind.”
It was rated an average of 4 out of 5.
The next read is something a little bit different – John Grisham’s heist thriller Camino Island. It will be the book for discussion on Wednesday 13th September at 5.30pm.