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Jane’s Dad Did a Review! The Fortunes of Richard Mahony by Henry Handel Richardson

And now for the next edition in our ‘Relatives Read Books’ series, the esteemed and erudite father (and very keen for his photo shoot, we must say) of senior editor Jane Pearson has read the incredibly epic (947 pages) The Fortunes of Richard Mahony by Henry Handel Richardson.

Mr Barrie Sheppard made short work of this tome and has fascinating things to say about this classic of Australian literature.  

Over to you, Mr Sheppard...

Text Books Shortlisted for NSW Premier’s Awards

Text is thrilled to announce that six of our authors are on the shortlistings for the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards. 

Past winners have included such notable writers as Peter Carey, David Malouf AO, Elizabeth Jolley, Thomas Keneally AO and Helen Garner. 

And the shortlistees are...

Raphaël Jerusalmy and Bram Presser go Head to Head

Evacuation is a new novel about acts of resistance from French writer Raphaël Jerusalmy, who imagines an evacuation in war-torn Tel Aviv.

We asked Bram Presser author of the acclaimed The Book of Dirt, if he’d like to ask Raphaël Jerusalmy a couple of questions about his new novel and his writing.

Text Books Longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize

Congratulations to Wu Ming-Yi and Olga Tokarczuk, whose books have been longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker International Prize.

Vale Peter Temple (1946 – 2018)

Peter Temple (10 March 1946 - 8 March 2018) 

Stop all the clocks. We have lost one of the greats. There would be a stampede to work in publishing if you could be sure you would get to publish novels even half as good as Peter Temple’s. He brought the soul of the poet to the demands of the crime novel. He heard us and he saw us and wrote us into his fiction. 

Secondhand Time wins Inaugural Translators Association Prize

For ‘meeting the challenges of this huge polyvocal text energetically and fearlessly,’ the new Translators Association First Translation Prize has been awarded to Soviet-American translator Bela Shayevich and editor Jacques Testard, founder and publisher of Fitzcarraldo Editions, for the English edition of Svetlana Alexievich’s Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets. This is an annual £2,000 prize for a debut literary translation into English published in the UK.

Read on for details and links to an extract.

Krissy Kneen Shortlisted for the Stella Prize

The ever-intellectually-stimulating Krissy Kneen has been shortlisted for the 2018 Stella Prize for her novel An Uncertain Grace

An Uncertain Grace is the finest work yet from one of Australia’s most daring literary voices, Brisbane bookseller and award-winning memoirist, poet and novelist Krissy Kneen.

Look At Me by Mareike Krügel: An Extract

Mareike Krügel is a highly celebrated German author who has received numerous literary awards, including the Friedrich Hebbel Prize. We at Text fell in love with her fourth novel, Look at Me, and knew that we had to bring it to you. This is the first time Mareike Krügel has been translated into English and we’re sure it won’t be the last.

Translated by the wonderful Imogen Taylor, Look at Me is both blackly funny and deeply reflective.

Read on for an extract.

Eva Hornung wins the South Australian Premier’s Award for Literature

Eva Hornung has taken out the South Australian Premier’s Award for Literature for her novel The Last Garden. She is the first South Australian to win this prestigious prize.

Read on for details as well as an extract.

SEVEN Text Books on the 2018 CBCA Notables List!

Seven amazing Text authors are on the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s 2018 Notables List. Have a look at these wonderful books with links to extracts, interviews and more.  

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