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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Congratulations to Kirsty Eagar!

Congratulations are in order for Kirsty Eagar author of Raw Blue and Saltwater Vampires who last night won the Young Adult Fiction award for her debut novel Raw Blue at the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2010 held by the Wheeler Centre (for books, writing and ideas).

The judge’s described Raw Blue as “a wonderfully assured novel that takes the reader from the stagnant aftermath of trauma to the subtle beginnings of recovery. Carly has dropped out of uni and works a monotonous kitchen job in order to devote the rest of her time to her real passion – surfing. Riding the bright skin of the ocean is where Carly belongs, and is the only place where she can begin to escape what happened to her two years ago at Schoolies. Raw Blue packs an unsentimental punch that is not easily forgotten”.

To read my review of Saltwater Vampires click HERE. To read my interview with the wonderful Kirsty click HERE.

Other authors shortlisted for this award were Phillip Gwynne for Swerve and Gabrielle Williams for Beatle Meets Destiny.

The judge’s described Swerve as a rare and hilarious combination of road novel, rite-of passage for a sheltered private school boy, and subtle love story between grandfather and grandson. Chess player and talented cellist, Hugh, is kept from being a total nerd by his passion for Holden muscle cars. So when a surprising grandfather turns up offering a drive to Uluru in a Monaro GTS 350 V8, Hugh (aka ‘Brockie’) accepts even though an important audition for the Conservatorium is only a week away. Poppy’s advice of ‘Never swerve’ demonstrates to Hugh that tackling head on what life throws up is a powerful philosophy, one movingly enacted in this story full of grunt”

Whilst the judges found Beatle Meets Destiny “a witty ride through tangles of circumstance and coincidence in suburban Melbourne. If your name was John Lennon (‘Beatle’ to your friends), and you happened to meet a girl at a tram stop whose name was Destiny McCartney, wouldn’t you think the universe was trying to tell you something? Slight complications: 1) Beatle already has a girlfriend. 2) Beatle’s twin sister is going out with his teacher – who also happens to be Destiny’s brother. Add some sparkling dialogue and sharply drawn characters to this comedy of errors, and you have a delightful gem of a novel”.

Congratulations to all the nominated authors.

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