Monday, 5 March 2012

Our Story - Australia's biggest book club

Between November 2011 and January 2012, more than 16,200 thousand Australians voted at their local libraries and on the ABC website for the book to represent their state or territory during the National Year of Reading 2012. 

Together these 8 books form the "Our Story" collection and paint a picture of the Australian people and the land we live in. The winning titles were announced at the official launch of the National Year of Reading 2012 in Canberra. 

They are:
Smoke and Mirrors, by Kel Robertson (ACT);
The Idea of Home, by John Hughes (NSW);
Listening to Country, by Ros Moriarty (NT);
The White Earth, by Andrew McGahan (QLD);
Time’s Long Ruin, by Stephen Orr (SA);
Wanting, by Richard Flanagan (TAS);
Well Done, Those Men, by Barry Heard (VIC) and
Jasper Jones, by Craig Silvey (WA).

Now you can take part in Australia's biggest book group by reading the Our Story collection and contributing your reviews.

Head over to The National Year of Reading Book Club page at The Reading Room by clicking here.

Enter a brief review and enter the Our Story competition to win WIN a book pack of the 8 winning books and an e-Reader!

And if you are interested in reading the rest of the shortlist of Western Australian titles, here are the other titles people voted on:

My Place, by Sally Morgan;
Jandamarra and the Bunuba Resistance, by Howard Pederson & Banjo Woorunmurra;
True Country, by Kim Scott;
Cloudstreet, by Tim Winton;
The Newspaper of Claremont Street, by Elizabeth Jolley.

All the Western Australian titles are held by Mandurah Libraries and we'll be getting copies of all the Our Story titles soon.  (To check the library catalogue and reserve your copy, click here.)

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