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