Earlier this year at the 2015 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) we were honoured to win the award for National Book Retailer of the Year.
We were also lucky enough to interview two of Australia's brightest literary talents, Maxine Beneba Clarke and Brooke Davis.
Maxine Beneba Clarke won the 2015 ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year award for Foreign Soil
. Maxine, in particular her poetry, has been published widely and Foreign Soil
is her debut novel. It was described by Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rites
, as a collection of outstanding literary quality and promise.
Here's what Maxine had to say about her win:
Brooke Davis won the 2015 ABIA General Fiction Book of the Year award for her debut novel Lost & Found
. Brooke is a former bookseller herself and completed the novel while undertaking her PhD at Curtin University in Western Australia.
We caught up with Brooke after her second award win:
If you haven’t had a chance to read their award-winning books yet, we’ve got two chapter samples for you to enjoy.
Lost & Found
If a chapter sample isn’t enough, we have a full set of all the ABIA prize-winning books to give away to one lucky Bookmarked reader. To enter, leave us a comment and tell us which book in the pack you’re most excited to read. Entries close at 5.00pm AEST on Friday 18 September 2015. The competition is open to Australian residents only, and due to the size of the prize, delivery to a PO Box is not possible.
The prize-winning book pack includes:
The 52-Storey Treehouse
by Andy Griffiths
Withering by Sea
by Judith Rossell
When the Night Comes
by Favel Parrett
by Maxine Beneba Clarke
The Golden Age
by Joan London
Lost & Found
by Brooke Davis
by Sonya Hartnett
by Peter Carey
Where Song Began
by Tim Low
All the Light we Cannot See
by Anthony Doer
A Bone of Fact
by David Walsh
Diary of a Foreign Minister
by Bob Carr
by Peter Pederson
Tea and Sugar Christmas
by Jane Jolly