Posted on April 13, 2010 by Booktopia
SIDDON ROCK by Glenda Guest, a first novel published by Random House early last year, has just been named the Best First Book in the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. The judges praised SIDDON ROCK for its rich cast of odd characters and blending of the everyday with fantasy. Behind every door in town lurk secret desires and wild imaginings. The novel, they concluded, deftly delves into the hauntings and disjunctions of settler Australia, and in its fable-like quality captures the laconic mannerisms of the Australian outback. Glenda is a woman in her early sixties who had always wanted to write a novel but never quite found the discipline or time until the last few years.
SIDDON ROCK is a most unusual Australian novel as it carries more than a touch of magic realism. Glenda was bold to persist with her story which at heart is an extraordinary tale about an ordinary Australian outback town.
Australia, recently, has had a great run with these prizes. Christos Tsiokas’s THE SLAP won the Best Book last year and Random House-published Pakistani author Mohammed Hanif with A CASE OF EXPLODING MANGOES won the Best First Book.
Click here to read more about this award-winning first novel, SIDDON ROCK.
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Posted on April 12, 2010 by Booktopia
Oprah Winfrey is the subject of a new biography by the ever scandalous Kitty Kelley. Like Frank Sinatra, Nancy Reagan and the British Royal family, whom Kelley ‘exposed’ in previous biographies, Oprah can expect to have her dirty laundry aired before an always insatiable public. No stone will have been left unturned.
This will be the biography of the year, if not for its erudition, then for its irresistible salaciousness!
The only problem Kitty Kelley faces now is how to get on TV to promote her book. All of Oprah’s friends are denying access – The View’s Barbara Walters, CNN’s Larry King, CBS’ David Letterman and PBS’ Charlie Rose have all refused to have Kelley on their shows.
USAToday says, Despite a reputation for playing loose with the facts, Kelley has never been successfully sued over any of her books.
“I’m very proud of that,” says Kelley. “And I write about people who are very powerful when they’re alive. It’s all documented. It’s all solid stuff.”
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