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BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-fiction announced—Congratulations Peter Hessler

The longlist for this year’s BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-fiction has been announced and includes Peter Hessler’s engaging account of his travels through China, Country Driving.

Ron Rash reads from Serena

The Age has called Serena ‘a brilliant and absorbing novel that’s hard to put down.’

And in the eyes of the Weekend Australian the character Serena ‘is a beautiful, whiskey-drinking, pants-wearing, horse-breaking Lady Macbeth without the remorse.

Miles Franklin Shortlist announced—Congratulations Peter Temple

Peter Temple’s stunning novel Truth has been shortlisted for the 2010 Miles Franklin Literary Award.

This recognition for Truth proves Peter Temple to be not only one of Australia’s leading crime writers but one of Australia’s leading writers, full stop.

The Pacific has landed

Tonight marks the first screening in Australia of the HBO series The Pacific. Created by Tom Hanks and Steven Speilberg, this magnificent series is as brilliant as its predecessor Band of Brothers. Be sure to catch this tonight on Channel Seven at 8.30pm.

The Beginner’s Guide to Living giveaway

Wow, that was quick. Thank you to all who responded to our ‘breaking news’ newsletter and entered the competition to win a copy of Lia Hills' fabulous The Beginner’s Guide to Living.

NSW Premier’s Literary Awards—Congratulations to Text authors

The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards shortlists have been announced today and among the many fine books to be nominated were these from brilliant writers at Text:

Michael Cathcart’s The Water Dreamers has been shortlisted for the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction.

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Beatrice and Virgil is coming—only seven more sleeps

After eight years, there are now only seven sleeps to go until the release of Beatrice and Virgil, Yann Martel’s follow up to his much-loved, Booker-winning novel, Life of Pi.

A rapper revealed—Dizzee Rascal to tell all

We are delighted to be releasing The Dizzee Rascal Story in December this year.

Dizzee Rascal is widely regarded as one of the biggest music stars of the decade.

The Australian Ugliness—50 years on and still going strong

Robin Boyd’s classic book on Australian architecture and design, The Australian Ugliness, has been re-issued this month to coincide with its 50 year anniversary and has made an immediate impact. It featured strongly in the Read more

Helen Garner in conversation with Jennifer Byrne at the Wheeler Centre

If you couldn’t make it to Helen's recent event at the Wheeler Centre, visit here to see Helen discuss her world of writing with Jennifer Byrne.

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