Afternoon all! It’s time for another book news roundup and this week there’s plenty of stuff to get excited about.
We’re approaching my favourite time of year (for books at least). It’s the part where all the big bestsellers of tomorrow are released, awards lists are announced, and everyone kicks up a fuss about the books that were nominated or snubbed.
These are exciting times to be sure and what’s more, the 2019 winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award will be announced tomorrow (refresh your memory on the shortlist here)!
Scroll down to discover the latest bookish news of the week!
The Booker Prize longlist is announced
It’s a solid year for the Booker Prize, with the revelation of an exciting and surprising longlist last week.
The longlist this year includes stunners like Lanny by Max Porter, My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite, and Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson, but the book causing the biggest stir on the list is definitely The Testaments, Margaret Atwood’s hugely anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale. This book is under embargo until September 10, so this nomination is a pretty big indicator that it’s going to be bloody good – I can’t wait!
Check out all of the books on this year’s Booker Prize longlist here.
Margaret Fulton passes away
Australia has lost one of its greatest and most beloved food writers with the death of Margaret Fulton at the age of 94 last week.
The author of over 25 cookbooks, including The Margaret Fulton Cookbook (a tome which celebrated 50 years in print last year), Margaret was a staunch champion of efficient and delicious home cooking. She changed our nation’s culinary landscape for the better, introducing international cuisines such as Italian and Chinese into Aussie kitchens everywhere.
You can read more about Margaret’s passing here.
The ACWA announces the Ned Kelly Awards longlist
The Australian Crime Writers Association recently announced their longlists for the Ned Kelly Awards, celebrating the best crime books published in the past year. There are three longlists – one for Best First Fiction, Best Crime, and Best True Crime – and each longlist is a testament to the immense talent of Australia’s crime writers.
Debut novelists Dervla McTiernan (The Ruin), Christian White (The Nowhere Child), and Emily O’Grady (The Yellow House – last year’s Vogel Prize winner) all made the Best First Fiction list, while veterans like Jane Harper (The Lost Man), Michael Robotham (The Other Wife), and Candice Fox (Gone By Midnight) all made the Best Fiction longlist. Books by Bri Lee (Eggshell Skull) and Chloe Hooper (The Arsonist) were also nominated for the Best True Crime longlist.
You can check out the full longlist for the Ned Kelly Awards here.
That’s all from me this week – catch you next time!
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Olivia Fricot is the Editor of the Booktopian Blog. After finishing a soul-crushing law degree, she decided that life was much better with one's nose in a book and quickly defected to the world of Austen and Woolf. You can usually find her reading (obviously), baking, writing questionable tweets, and completing a Master's degree in English literature. Just don't ask about her thesis. Olivia is on Twitter and Instagram @livfricot - follow at your own risk.
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