Aurealis Awards | Australia’s premier speculative fiction awards

Australia’s premier speculative fiction awards

Source: Aurealis Awards | Australia’s premier speculative fiction awards

Scrolling down to the BEST SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL section, I can recommend those in bold. I need to read the others.

The Subjects, Sarah Hopkins (Text Publishing)

Aurora Rising, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin) 

The Trespassers, Meg Mundell (UQP)

The Year of the Fruit Cake, Gillian Polack (IFWG Publishing Australia)

The Glad Shout, Alice Robinson (Affirm Press)

Daughter of Bad Times, Rohan Wilson (Allen & Unwin

Congratulations to the nominees!

Some of my favourite books in 2019

So far this year, I’ve finished reading 249 books.  So, I’ve set myself the task of identifying some favourites. And it wasn’t easy: I’ve read a lot of great books this year.

When I started to write this post, I intended to limit myself to ten books under each heading.  Easy, I thought.  Hmm.  I managed to achieve that restraint under one heading only (favourite fiction reads by Australian men).


Have you read any of these books?  Would they appear on your list of favourite books?  What would your list of favourite books for 2019 look like?


Here are my favourite nonfiction reads (in no particular order):

Saga Land                                                                              by Richard Fidler and Kári Gíslason

The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York

by Robert A Caro

Stasiland                                                                                by Anna Funder

From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage                      by Judith Brett

You Daughters of Freedom                                                 by Clare Wright

Am I Black Enough For You?                                              by Anita Heiss

Banking Bad                                                                           by Adele Ferguson

Murder, Misadventure and Miserable Ends                    by Catie Gilchrist

The Art of Growing Up                                                         by John Marsden

Pain and Prejudice                                                                by Gabrielle Jackson

Welcome to Country                                                             by Marcia Langton

Solomon’s Noose                                                                   by Steve Harris

Endeavour                                                                              by Peter Moore

The Land Before Avocado                                                   by Richard Glover

The Lonely City                                                                     by Olivia Laing



Here are my favourite fiction reads (by non-Australian authors):

The Cage                                                                                    by Lloyd Jones

The Bird King                                                                           by G Willow Wilson

The Winter of the Witch                                                        by Katherine Arden

The Girl in the Tower                                                              by Katherine Arden

Field of Death                                                                            by Graham Brack

Laid in Earth                                                                               by Graham Brack

How We Disappeared                                                                 by Jing-Jing Lee

Lost Children Archive                                                                 by Valeria Luiselli

The Secret in Their Eyes                                                              by Eduardo Sacheri,                                                                                                                                 John T. Cullen (Translator)

The Girls at 17 Swann Street                                                       by Yara Zgheib

The Naturalist                                                                                by Thom Conroy

Three Day Road                                                                             by Joseph Boyden




Here are my favourite fiction reads (by Australian women):

The Hollow Bones                                                                          by Leah Kaminsky

Heart of the Grass Tree                                                                 by Molly Murn

The Scholar                                                                                      by Dervla McTiernan

Wundersmith (Nevermoor #2)                                                    by Jessica Townsend

The Book of Emmett                                                                      by Deborah Forster

Vasilisa the Wise                                                                            by Kate Forsyth

There Was Still Love                                                                     by Favel Parrett

Wolfe Island                                                                                   by Lucy Treloar

Paris Savages                                                                                 by Katherine Johnson

The Crimes of Billy Fish                                                              by Sarah Hopkins

Fled                                                                                                 by Meg Keneally

The Yield                                                                                        by Tara June Winch

Mountains of the Mind                                                               by Gillian Polack

The Meaning of Grace                                                                 by Deborah Forster

In The Garden of The Fugitives                                                 by Ceridwen Dovey


This Taste for Silence                                                                   by Amanda O’Callaghan

The Trespassers                                                                            by Meg Mundell


Here are my favourite fiction reads (by Australian men):

This Excellent Machine                                                               by Stephen Orr

The Year of the Beast                                                                   by Steven Carroll

Truth                                                                                               by Peter Temple

The Rip                                                                                            by Mark Brandi

Daughter of Bad Times                                                                by Rohan Wilson

Gould’s Book of Fish                                                                     by Richard Flanagan

Flames                                                                                             by Robbie Arnott

Faerie Apocalypse                                                                         by Jason Franks

The True Colour of the Sea                                                          by Robert Drewe

The Palace of Angels                                                                     by Mohammed Massoud Morsi



Can you ever have enough bookmarks?

A friend of mine recently said that every book should have its own bookmark.  Now, I have a lot of bookmarks.  Some are quite ordinary cardboard, some I’ve made myself  in cross-stitch, some lovely leather ones and a couple of fabric ones (including a very special piece of lace).  I also have one which was a spare piece of a bag handle I made for a quilted patchwork bag a few years ago.

Which got me thinking.

Like many who dabble in craft, I have a stash of fabric.  My stash also includes small pieces of fabric that I’ve either picked up from op shops or are remnants from other things I’ve made.  Some pieces are probably too small to use in any large project but have  too much potential to be discarded.  I mean, seriously, who discards fabric?  You never know when it might come in useful, right? 🙂

So, I kept thinking.  And one morning, while I was walking it occurred to me that I could make some scrappy fabric bookmarks.  So far I’ve made three (the first three photographs below show them in three stages: piecing, quilted and then finished.

The fourth photograph?  Well, I think I’d like to make some more bookmarks.  After all, you can’t have too many bookmarks can you?  Who knows, maybe other readers would like some as well.

What do you think?




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