I am now free to tell you the news of which I have not been able to speak:
Magic or Madness is on the shortlist for the 2006 New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards. Specifically for the Ethel Turner Award.
Ethel Turner (bit of a spunk, eh?)
Here’s the full shortlist:
- Taghred Chandab & Nadia Jamal The Glory Garage Allen & Unwin
Bill Condon No Worries University of Queensland Press (excellent book—made me cry!)
Ursula Dubosarsky Theodora’s Gift Penguin Australia (which I hear is the red hot favourite)
Justine Larbalestier Magic or Madness Penguin Australia
James Moloney Lost Property Penguin Australia
Nicole PlÃ¼ss Hope Bay Penguin Australia
I’m really looking forward to reading all the other books on the shortlist. And it was a pleasure to get to chat to some of the other nominees at the official announcements today at Gleebooks. (Gleebooks has been one of my favouritest bookshops since I was kneehigh to a grasshopper.) I am giddy.
Now I must get back to work, but tonight I am so drinking champagne. Everyone always says it’s an honour to be shortlisted and they’re dead right. I’m still pinching myself!
- Even though the ending made me so ropeable that every time I finished it I’d have to throw the book across the room again. [↩]