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No idea what to expect with this one but felt like something a little different. Got that.
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Having got out of order on these, now going back to read the first of the Ash Henderson books.
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Debut book from Australian author for review at Newtown Review of Books.
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I started this a while ago and had to put it aside due to scheduling, but it stayed with me. Now real life is intruding on finishing it in a most annoying manner.
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Bit of a self-indulgent pluck from the middle of books that I should be reading.
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Recently launched, ‘Provocare’ is a multimedia verse thriller created by Meg Vann, writer; Mez Breeze, interaction designer; and Donna Hancox, research lead for Creative Industries at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
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Author that lives in Brisbane, who has written a book set in a particularly brutal part of the New Zealand wilderness.
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September Monthly Summary (told you I had a cunning plan).
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A thoughtful, introspective, and principled writer whose observations have meant much to this reader.
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One more from over the long weekend.
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Got quite a bit of reading done over the weekend what with the heat and daylight saving meaning I had an extra hour of a night to get a few things done. He's off to Amsterdam middle of this week though so I'm not promising this can / will continue.
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First from a long, hot weekend of reading. Did I mention hot. It's OCTOBER and it's stinking. Sigh.
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Paul Cleave became the Crown Prince of antipodean crime writing when his thriller FIVE MINUTES ALONE was named the winner of the 2015 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel on Sunday night.
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The final from the week off's reading, a book I've been looking forward to very much.
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Another from the week off - am really behind with this series, so hope to start the second soon.
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As is always the way when we take a week off in Spring to get started on fire season preparations, there's an arctic blast that drives freezing cold winds through. No rain of course, but lordy it's cold out there so we all (me / him when he's not in the shed doing mysterious things, Meg the old dog, Mambo the Puppy, and Injira the new terrier, 2 hiding cats) are in front of the fire. They're snoring. I'm reading. There is red wine.
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Have taken a week away from the computers so a bit of "whatever I want" reading is being fitted in around farm chores.
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THE NGAIO MARSH AWARD, in association with WORD Christchurch and The Press, is pleased to reveal that whodunit and who-won-it will be announced at a great event at the Court Theatre on 4 October.
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Second from a weekend's reading of taking it very easy.
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Needed some non-confrontational reading this weekend so perfect time to return to the first of the memoirs of Clive James.
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First from this NZ based, Swedish born author.
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From the Ned Kelly nomination list, and the winner of the 2015 Best Adult Davitt - this one's been sitting here for a while now for re-read / review.
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Didn't get a lot read this weekend again because, visitors and out and about on Saturday night. But started out with this one on Friday.
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I know, I've tried to do these monthly summaries before and lost interest but I have a plan. No really. Stop laughing.
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The second from a quieter reading weekend than usual (honestly whoever came up with this idea of having to work around the place...)
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This debut from the 2014 Ned Kelly S.D. Harvey Award for Short Story writing is for review at Newtown Review of Books.
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I should be reading lots of other things, but damn it, I'm reading this.
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In a darkened bar, up a wide old stone staircase, deep in Trades Hall Melbourne on Saturday night we gathered for the 20th Anniversary of the Ned Kelly Awards.
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Reading this for review at Newtown Review of Books
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Acclaimed author, journalist and screenwriter Helen Garner has won the 2015 Ned Kelly Award for Australia’s Best True Crime book for ‘This House of Grief – the Story of a Murder Trial’.
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A first for me from this author, written in a very engaging manner.
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Read this over the weekend - one of those stories that sort of sit in the back of your mind, but the details were sketchy.
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From the "no idea why but let's read it anyway pile".
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Another series I'm slow off the mark with, unfortunately.
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Craig Sisterson interviewed on Radio NZ: Kiwi Crime Writing and the 2015 Ngaio Marsh Awards
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Flagged as a number 1 bestseller in Sweden, this is a very unusual book featuring a most unexpected protagonist.
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One of Australia’s most well-known authors, Helen Garner is among a strong list of writers competing for this year’s Ned Kelly Award for Best True Crime.
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Reading for this for f2f bookclub this weekend.
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Slight change of pace before heading back into the stacks of crime fiction around here.
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Right - subject matter of this one's been a bit of an issue in getting started, but big girl's pants on and reading underway.
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It was cold this weekend, dry because ... you know non-existent drought in Victoria ... but reading weather because frankly too cold to battle it out the vague pointlessness of the garden.
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To be honest I was leery about another Darian Richards book being so completely over the utterly mad serial killer thing. But this is different and I'm finding it very hard to put down.
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The shortlist for the 2015 Davitt Awards has been announced tonight.
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A debut novel from Melbourne based author - to be reviewed at http://newtownreviewofbooks.com.au
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Soji Shimada, author of over 100 mystery novels, is a designer, musician, and astrology writer. Let's hope this isn't the only one of his books translated because it is wonderful.
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One from a cold weekend's reading
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Sneaking in a "want to read" rather than a "have to read" as a bit of a reward for good behaviour.
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An unusual cross genre book - to be reviewed at http://newtownreviewofbooks.com.au/
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Second from this weekend, this author says his influences are John Mortimer, PG Wodehouse and William Boyd and you can definitely see that :)
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In a weekend where reading was somewhat brief and fleeting, this was such a lucky choice. Fascinating little book.
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