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Staff Recommendations

Reviews

These sites are recommended by our staff as a great source of reviews and information, in no particular order.

General

The Australian Arts Review – a wide range of articles and reviews 
Common Sense Media – entertainment reviews, ratings and age recommendations for parents and families

Books

Better Reading
Fantastic Fiction
Good Reading Magazine
Goodreads
LibraryThing
Whichbook
Booklist (US) (Temporary free access)

Movies & Television

Internet Movie Database
Rotten Tomatoes
Metacritic
TV Tonight

Book awards & prizes

The best of the best, local, state, national and international awards, these are the books and films to get your hands on.

Literature

South Australia

Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature – presented every two years during Adelaide Writers' Week, as part of the Adelaide Festival managed by the State Library of SA. Awards are offered across both national and South Australian categories and is one of Australia's richest and most prestigious literary awards.
 

Australia

The Prime Minister's Literary Award – administered by the Minister for the Arts; celebrates the contribution of Australian literature to the nation's cultural and intellectual life. There are five categories: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, young adult and children's fiction.
Miles Franklin Award – Australia's most prestigious literature prize, awarded each year to a novel which is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases
The Australian/Vogel Literary Award – prize for an unpublished manuscript written by a writer under the age of 35.
Aurealis Award – an annual literary award for Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror fiction.
The Stella Prize – an Australian annual literary award for writing by Australian women in all genres.
Ned Kelly Awards – presented by the Australian Crime Writers Association, the awards are Australia's oldest and most prestigious prize for crime fiction and true crime writing.
ALS Gold Medal – awarded by the Australian Literature Society (ALS) annually, for an outstanding literary work in the preceding calendar year.
Patrick White Award – established by Patrick White, an annual literary prize given to a writer who has been highly creative over a long period, but has not necessarily received adequate recognition.
Booksellers' Choice Book of the Year Award – Australian Booksellers Association recognises the books that booksellers most enjoyed reading and handselling during the previous year.
Davitt Award – presented by Sisters in Crime Australia annually for Australian crime fiction, by women, for both adults and young adults.
Walkley Book Award – celebrates Australian writers who take enduring subjects from news, eyewitness accounts, investigations and history.
National Biography Award – celebrates excellence in biography, autobiography and memoir writing.
Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction – awarded for literary merit in new Australian authors.

 

International

Nobel Prize for Literature – a Swedish literature prize, awarded annually to an author from any country, who has produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction, based on an author's body of work as a whole.
The Booker Prize for Fiction – a highly anticipated and prestigious annual award, for the best original novel written in the English language and published in the UK or Ireland. 
Franz Kafka Prize – a literary award presented in honour of the German language novelist in Prague, Czech Republic, with the criteria to include the artwork's humanistic character and contribution to cultural, national, language and religious tolerance, its existential, timeless character, its generally human validity and its ability to hand over a testimony about our times.
Women's Prize for Fiction – awarded annually to a female author of any nationality, for the best original novel written in English and published in the UK the previous year.
Hugo Award – annual literary award for the best science fiction or fantasy work and achievements of the previous year, presented by the World Science Fiction Society.
The Daggers – presented by the UK Crime Writers Association.
International Dublin Literary Award – presented annually for a novel written or translated into English, sponsored by Dublin City Council and administered by Dublin City Libraries.
World Fantasy Awards – a set of awards given each year for the best fantasy fiction published during the previous calendar year. 
The Barry Awards and the Anthony Awards – two awards presented at the World Mystery Convention. The Barry Award is a crime literary prize awards annually by the editors of Deadly Pleasures, an American quarterly publication for crime fiction readers. The Anthony Awards are literary awards for mystery writers and are named for Anthony Boucher, one of the founders of the Mystery Writers of America.
The Ignyte Awards – a new award highlighting diversity and inclusivity in speculative fiction.

Film awards & prizes

Notable awards from film festivals and awards ceremonies around the world.

Australian film festivals

Adelaide Film Festival – Feature Fiction Award; Feature Documentary Award
Melbourne International Film Festival – Top 10 Narrative Feature Films
CinefestOZ – Film Prize
Sydney Film Festival – Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Best Australian Documentary

International awards & festivals

The Academy Awards (Oscars) – Best Picture
Cannes Film Festival – Palme d'Or (Golden Palm)
BAFTA Awards – Best Film
Golden Globe Awards – Best Motion Picture – Drama; Best Television Series – Drama
Venice International Film Festival – Leone d'Oro (Golden Lion)
Berlin International Film Festival – Golden Bear
Filmfare Awards – Best Film
Sundance Film Festival – U.S. Grand Jury Prizes

 

Recommended Authors

Award winners

Current and past award-winning books.

Margaret Atwood – The testaments Behrouz Boochani - No friend but the mountains
Behrouz Boochani – No friend but the mountains : writing from Manus prison
Clare Bowditch – Your own kind of girl
J.S. Breukelaar – Collision : stories
Joey Bui – Lucky ticket
James S.A. Corey – The expanse (series)
Neale Daniher – When all is said & done
Trent Dalton – Boy swallows universe
Michelle De Kretser – The life to come
Amal El-Mohtar – This is how you lose the time war
Bernardine Evaristo – Girl, woman, other Adele Ferguson - Banking bad
Adele Ferguson – Banking bad
Kitty Flanagan – 488 rules for life : the thankless art of being correct
Andrew Sean Greer – Less
Billy Griffiths – Deep time dreaming : uncovering ancient Australia
Chloe Higgins – The girls
Jess Hill – See what you made me do
Susan Hurley – Eight lives
Catherine Jinks – Shepherd
Gail Jones – The death of Noah Glass
Amie Kaufman – Aurora rising Sarah Krasnostein - The trauma cleaner
Sarah Krasnostein – The trauma cleaner : one woman's extraordinary life in death, decay & disaster
K.M. Kruimink – A treacherous country
Vicki Laveau-Harvie – The erratics
Bri Lee – Eggshell skull : a memoir about standing up, speaking out and fighting back
Melissa Lucashenko – Too much lip
Arkady Martine – A memory called empire
Bren MacDibble – The dog runner
Andrew McGahan – The rich man's house
Adrian McKinty – The chain
Dervla McTiernan – The scholar; The ruin Favel Parrett - There was still love
Patrick Mullins – Tiberius with a telephone : the life and stories of William McMahon
Meg Mundell – The trespassers
Josh Niland – The whole fish cookbook : new ways to cook, eat and think
Garth Nix – Angel mage
Maggie O'Farrell – Hamnet
Favel Parrett – There was still love
Richard Powers – The overstory
Mirandi Riwoe – Stone sky gold mountain
Heather Rose – Bruny
Christos Tsiolkas – Damascus Christos Tsiolkas - Damascus
Emma Viskic – Darkness for light
Kaaron Warren – Into bones like oil
Jessica White – Hearing Maud
Ian Williams – Reproduction
Tara June Winch – The yield
Charlotte Wood – The weekend
Sally Young – Paper emperors : the rise of Australia's newspaper empires