It’s like Groundhog Day around here for more reasons than one. Mainly though because I’m saying another week, another book prize, and other red-letter date for ink-drinkers across the land.
The Age Book of the Year
The Age Book of the Year, recognising Australian writing, and in hiatus since 2011, has been revived. And without wasting a further minute, the shortlist for the rebooted prize has already been announced. A couple of titles will no doubt be familiar, but one or two may be new to you.
Previously, prizes were awarded for three categories: fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. From the winner of each of these sections, an overall champion was selected. This year though the prize is only open to works of fiction. The winner is set to be named at the Melbourne Writers Festival on Friday, 3 September, 2021.
The page 69 rule for good reading
You really ought to sixty-nine more often. Read page sixty-nine that is. Flick to that page in any book you intend reading, and if you like what you see, chances are you’ll enjoy the whole book. According to Charlotte Stretch, writing for the Guardian way back in 2008 – the idea advanced originally by late Canadian philosopher Marshall McLuhan – is a reasonably sure-fire of determining a book’s appeal.
This is important, because the same article points out there were half a million novels in Amazon’s collection, meaning a reader would need one-hundred-and-sixty-three lifetimes to read all those titles. And that was thirteen years ago. Therefore making the right choice is important. Sixty-nine it is… Via disassociated.