Last time I tried to do this Melbourne had a blanket of fog that prevented my plane from landing, and we eventually returned to Hobart to refuel, after circling Melbourne like a chicken hawk for about an hour.
About 4 hours after we originally set out, we flew out of Hobart again, and returned to hover in the air above Melbourne as the backlog of delayed flights eventually managed to land. Got into the Melbourne airport to find that flights to Adelaide were all booked out and finally got back to Adelaide about 7 pm. So much for commuting. Let's hope everything goes to plan on Tuesday.
This week's posts
- Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award
At the dinner prior to the Harrogate Festival, which would be a wonderful event itself to attend, the winner of the Old Peculier Award was announced: a debut novel that has already won the 2008 COSTA Book of the Year. The Yorkshire Post has interviews wth Stef Penney, Zoe Sharp, and Peter Robinson too.
Both longlist for this award, and the short list, are worth your attention. They make a reading syllabus in crime fiction where you can't go wrong.
- Crime in the City
A set of interviews you can read and listen to with 9 well known crime authors. The text interview is a part transcript of the audio. You can also read an extract from their books online. I haven't read them or all, or listened to all the audios, but the ones I have really whetted my appetite for more. Each audio is about 7 minutes. The interview with Donna Leon is an absolute gem.
- Don't the organisers of MWF like crime fiction?
The quick answer - I don't think they do. A disappointing offering.
- Ned Kelly Shortlists - what we reckon
This week I closed my polls for what might be on the shortlists for the Ned Kelly awards to be announced at MWF on August 29. Let's see how close we get.
- A KILLING FROST, Progress Report
I've spent the week reading R. D. Wingfield's posthumously published novel.
My final review is here. My rating: 4.7
- Online audio books
Late last week I discovered Librivox, which champions "the acoustical liberation of books in the public domain". I was really pleased when I learnt how to burn audio books from the web onto CDs, so I could listen to them in the car on my way to and from work. And then the reader of the one I've been listening to made my day when she commented on my blog.