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What book do you want to represent the ACT?

By johnboy - 22 November 2011 17

ABC Arts are asking for votes in their National Year of Reading competition.

The Canberra books are:

    — Hit List, by Jack Heath

    — Smoke and Mirrors, by Kel Robertson

    — Fog Garden, by Marion Halligan

    — The Lake Woman, by Alan Gould

    — The White Tower, by Dorothy Johnston

    — Vincenzo’s Garden, John Clanchy

There are more details on the books and authors on this month’s Libraries newsletter.

Voting closes on 6 January 2012.

We’d love to know if you’ve read one of the entries what you thought about it.

What’s Your opinion?


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17 Responses to
What book do you want to represent the ACT?
johnboy 8:14 pm 22 Nov 11

I-filed said :

tedtillio said :

Why isn’t Joe Cinque’s Consolation on the list? That got Canberra down pat.

+1
Ditto JB’s Style Guide suggestion!

And the Canberra Gardener should be included!

Style guide was skidbladnir’s idea, I merely translated from nerd.

I-filed 8:07 pm 22 Nov 11

tedtillio said :

Why isn’t Joe Cinque’s Consolation on the list? That got Canberra down pat.

+1
Ditto JB’s Style Guide suggestion!

And the Canberra Gardener should be included!

Shullerina 5:49 pm 22 Nov 11

I haven’t read Smoke & Mirrors, but I have read one of Kel’s other books: Dead Set, which has the same lead character, Brad Chen. I enjoyed it and recognised a lot of the Canberra locations he used. Unlike the Gabrielle Lord book which was set in Canberra… could not figure out where the places she was talking about were most of the time.

davesfk 3:43 pm 22 Nov 11

Kel has actually got three books now. Used to work with him – great bloke. Writes a very good story too – highly recommended for anyone who likes clever Aussie crime fiction

Buzz2600 3:26 pm 22 Nov 11

Kel Robertson’s Smoke and Mirrors is a great read! Robertson self-publiched the first print then Pan Macmillan picked it up and reprinted it.

BTW – he’s just launched another book called ‘Rip Off’. I haven’t read it yet but I believe it’s set in Canberra, Sydney and Adelaide and it’s about rip off artists and the “peculiar willingness of their victims to leave vengeance to our profoundly flawed system of criminal justice”.

pajs 2:48 pm 22 Nov 11

Marion Halligan’s ‘The Fog Garden’ is the only one of those I’ve read. Thought it was pretty good, but maybe the only bit of fiction set in Canberra that I’ve read. Might have to track down some more.

Watson 2:36 pm 22 Nov 11

johnboy said :

Skidbladnir said :

9780701636470

The Style Manual?

lol It is definitely the reference book I use most at work and could be representative of the public service. But I’ve had it on my desk for over a year now and no one in my office has noticed it’s not on the shelf!

Gungahlin Al 2:35 pm 22 Nov 11

johnboy said :

Skidbladnir said :

9780701636470

The Style Manual?

Mine ends …487 not 470. 6th edition. I hear you though – clever.

Postalgeek said :

EvanJames said :

The Monster Who Ate Canberra should be the book of Canberra in perpetuity.

+1

+1. Makes even more sense when the author told me that the monster is a metaphor for the public service…

Yogie 2:23 pm 22 Nov 11

Postalgeek said :

EvanJames said :

The Monster Who Ate Canberra should be the book of Canberra in perpetuity.

+1

But the original not the updated one.

johnboy 1:47 pm 22 Nov 11

Skidbladnir said :

9780701636470

The Style Manual?

tedtillio 1:46 pm 22 Nov 11

Why isn’t Joe Cinque’s Consolation on the list? That got Canberra down pat.

Skidbladnir 1:42 pm 22 Nov 11

9780701636470

Postalgeek 1:41 pm 22 Nov 11

EvanJames said :

The Monster Who Ate Canberra should be the book of Canberra in perpetuity.

+1

EvanJames 1:22 pm 22 Nov 11

The Monster Who Ate Canberra should be the book of Canberra in perpetuity.

poetix 12:59 pm 22 Nov 11

The Lake Woman by Alan Gould is intensely beautiful, as you’d expect from a writer who is also a poet; set in the war (WW2) and afterwards, and dealing with the life of a man in Canberra whose few intense meetings with a woman are the most significant moments of his life. Gould has a talent for depicting loss, I think.

Smoke and Mirrors is a private detective story with a lot of action, and very detailed descriptions of Canberra.

These are the only two I’ve read. Both were originally published by independent small presses, although Smoke and Mirrors was picked up by Pan Macmillan after its success, I believe.

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