Unfortunately, we will not be running the Finch memoir prize in 2019. We will be making some announcements soon in regards to the prize so stay tuned.
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We have had an exciting month so far with one of our authors, Vicki Laveau-Harvie, appearing on ABC’s Conversations with Richard Fidler. That is a first for us so we were THRILLED!!!! It was a fantastic interview and even though I knew the story, I was really hooked! Vicki’s book, The Erratics, is our winner of the Finch 2018 Memoir Prize and is available in bookshops everywhere. The podcast can be found by clicking on the ABC image.
I have just sent Around the Grounds by Peter Newlinds off to press and we are looking forward to promoting this for Father’s Day. It is a very entertaining read and jam-packed full of memories of growing up in the 70s and 80s, as well as all those magical sporting moments we remember from those times. Pat Cash beating Mats Wilander at Wimbledon? The West Indies Cricket Team annihilating everyone with their ferocious bowling? Matt Ryan holding his not-very-good-at-show jumping horse together over the show jumping round to win Olympic Eventing Gold for Australia? (Maybe that is just one of my memories!) It’s all there in Peter’s wonderful book, available in August. http://www.
We have received our advance copies of Mr Ordinary Goes to Jail and we are so proud of this book. It will be launched in Doncaster in Melbourne by Emily Webb (co-host of Australia’s True Crime podcast) and Wil Patterson will also be appearing at Brisbane Writers Festival. Mr Ordinary is a really moving and funny story about one’s man’s time in jail and what happened to him and his family after he got out. I highly recommend it. http://
Happy reading until next month!
Welcome everyone to the new year at Finch! Already Christmas seems like eons ago…and we have well and truly shaken the sand out of our shoes, eaten the last pine-lime splice ice block and said goodbye to little micro naps after lunch. It’s back to work!
This year we do have some good reads coming up and pretty much something for everyone. We start the year with some girl power, with Working Mums and Women Like Us. Working Mums is a wonderful collection of stories from well known and not so well known women who work and also happen to be mums. They tell us how they manage the juggle of childcare, their careers and their lives with honesty and clarity. The very funny Mandy Nolan is back in May, and this time with a companion, fellow comic Ellen Briggs, to tell us how it really is to be a women in today’s world in Women Like Us. They pose the question: Can you be a true feminist and still like to wear nice clothes and high heels? and dive into other pressing issues of being a woman. Not just funny they also offer really quite insightful discussions on body image, marriage, children and raising children. Both Mandy and Ellen tell it how it is, and we applaud them for it.
In May we also have the revised and updated edition of the best-selling and well-loved book Raising Boys from Steve Biddulph. Raising Boys in the Twenty-first Century offers information on how to raise sons in a world which offers gender equality, respect, and a whole new kind of manhood, but is still battered by toxic masculinity, pornography and emotional muteness. Steve has worked with families for 40 years. During that time he has helped change the nature of boys’ education, brought a generation of fathers into hands-on engagement with their kids, and given mothers the confidence to love their sons and not be afraid of them. He believes the old saying “boys will be boys” is a weak copout and isn’t afraid to say so. As Steve says, Boys will be the men we make them. Definitely one to stock up on for any new parents, and parents who want the latest info on how to raise boys.
In June we have the winner of the 2017 Memoir prize and what an astonishingly good read it is! The Erratics by Vicki Laveau-Harvie will grip you from the first page. I could not put it down! It is one of the best memoirs we have ever published, in my opinion.
Then for a complete change of pace, in July we have Mr Ordinary Goes to Jail, a wonderful frank, funny and fascinating account of one man’s time in jail and the lessons he learned. If you have ever wondered what life is really like on the inside, then this is for you. I was laughing through my hands with this, more than a little bit horrified but still amused at some of the events that happened.
For all sporting fans we have Around the Grounds by sporting broadcaster Peter Newlinds. For so many years the voice of ABC’s ‘Grandstand’, Peter has some wonderful inspiring stories to tell about his most memorable moments in sport. His stories range from watching the West Indies bowl the bejezus out of the Australians, to covering the most dramatic Sydney to Hobart yatch race in sailing history. If you grew up in the 70s and 80s you will love really love this. You don’t even have to like sport that much to enjoy it!
In September we have another memoir for you, this one of a slightly different kind. Australian actor Harry Cook’s story of growing up gay in contemporary society and how that shaped his future direction in life. Although only quite young, Harry brings a depth of wisdom earned through the hard yards of experience to his tale, and the book is a great insight into looking just how far we have come as an egalitarian and accepting society… and still how far we have to go. It offers comfort and hope to other people who may be going through their own trials and tribulations, in all aspects of life.
I do hope you enjoy your reading this year…and please don’t hesitate to drop me a comment or an email sharing your reactions to our books. It helps us know what you like and what we can do more of!
All Stations to Waterfall.
The judges have finished their shortlist ahead of time and I am delighted to announce that we have six shortlisted authors. They are:
- Alan Sampson with Tin Gypsy
- Georgina Lawrence with A Little Bit Country
- Fay Keegan with All Stations to Waterfall
- Vicki Laveau-Harvie with Okotoks Erratic
- Sacha Jones with A Woman of Strange Substance
- Jennifer Severn with Coming Home to Squabbling Ground
Congratulations to our shortlisted authors! I don’t envy the judges in making their final decision!
Finch is happy to announce a Good Reads Giveaway!
10 signed copies of How to Be Thin in a World of Chocolate are being given away. So enter now or if you just can’t wait grab a copy at bookstores it is out today. Don’t forget if you are a Good Reads member – post a review and tell us what you think.
Finch celebrated 25 years in Publishing with a Birthday Bash on October 6th which included long time authors Steve Biddulph and Andrew Fuller giving heartfelt speeches acknowledging their long affiliation with Finch and Rex. Peter Berner also delivered his wonderful brand of humour, along with many other past and present authors, editors and collaborators.