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Colin Roderick Award shortlisting

It’s coming up to the announcement of the Colin Roderick Award for which The End of Seeing has been shortlisted. The full shortlist is as follows:

Collins, Christy. The End of Seeing.

Harding, Leslie, and Morgan, Kendrah. Modern Love.

Jones, Gail. A Guide to Berlin.

Kinsella, John. Crow’s Breath.

Niall, Brenda. Mannix.

Winton, Tim. Island Home.

I’m thrilled to see my book on this list of books by such accomplished writers in a wide variety of genres (novels, biographies, memoirs and short stories). In particular, Tim Winton’s work has been important to me since I was a teenager and it is a particular thrill to be listed together with him.

More information about the award, including the judges comments on each of the books, can be found here: https://www.jcu.edu.au/foundation-for-australian-literary-studies/colin-roderick-award

 

Australia Day Giveaway: The End of Seeing

After enjoying the Australia Day ‘bloghop’ for several years, I’m thrilled to be able to participate and giveaway a copy of my novella, “The End of Seeing,” as well as a memoir by Lesley and Tammy Williams “Not Just Black and White.”

 

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Determined to discover the truth about the disappearance of her partner, Nick, Ana sets out to re-trace the route he took as a photojournalist on the other side of the world – a journey that saw him presumed dead, on a ship wrecked off the coast of Italy. But Ana doesn’t believe Nick is dead. In his photos, in the messages her memories of him seem to carry, and in her growing suspicion about his own need to disappear, she is increasingly sure he is alive somewhere. As she tracks his journey, she begins to witness the world that Nick saw through his camera – a world in which disappearance is not unexpected.

‘Dazzling, intelligent and heart-rending. I have long been a fan of Collins, and this is why.’ – Toni Jordan

‘I raced through with a catch in my throat and tears in my eyes. A love-letter to a vanished husband . . . nuanced and tender, political and tense. Christy Collins has written a subtle thriller with mystery at its heart.’ – Katerina Cosgrove

Ahead of the Blak & Bright Festival coming up in Melbourne, I’m including a copy of  “Not Just Black and White: A conversation between a mother and daughter” by Lesley and Tammy Williams.

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To win, please comment below, telling me your favourite Australian book. If you wish you can subscribe to my blog or follow me on twitter @_ChristyCollins – but this is not compulsory.

I will randomly select a winner to receive a print copy of “The End of Seeing” and “Not Just Black and White” and contact the winner to find out their mailing address (open only to Australian residents). Entries close at Midnight on Wednesday January 27th and winners will be announced within 7 days.

You can find all the other participating blogs here: https://bookdout.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/its-the-2016-australia-day-book-giveaway-blog-hop/ The Blog Hop is a great opportunity to acquaint yourself with some new Australian writers or to add a few new book blogs to your favourites, so check it out.

Update

And the winner (selected from a literal hat) is: Wendy S. aka Womblywoo. Wendy, your books are on their way to you. Thanks to everyone for their excellent suggestions — I have quite a few new additions to my “must read” list.

Upcoming events and happenings

I’ll be giving away a copy of The End of Seeing as part of the Australia Day Bloghop hosted by Book’d Out. Pop back on the Australia Day weekend (24-26 January) to try your luck.

Join me and the other 2015 Viva La Novella authors on Thursday 25 February at The White Rabbit in Kensington, Vic. This event is hosted by Wayward Books.

All the Viva La Novella books and authors (ever!) will be represented at Clunes Booktown held in Clunes, Vic on the weekend of 30 April to 1 May. I’ll be there on the Sunday. By all reports this is a really fun weekend for booklovers and Clunes is now serviced by V/line so you can take the train.

Book club guide for The End of Seeing

With the help of my own book club I’ve put together some discussion questions and other resources for book clubs reading The End of Seeing. I hope you find it helpful. If your group has questions for me, you might like to ask them via GoodReads.

The End of Seeing Book Club Guide Nov 2015.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

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Giveaway ends September 23, 2015.

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Press: The End of Seeing

Book blogger reviews on ANZ LitLoversLeatherBoundPoundsWriters’ Bloc, All the Novellas and Booklover Reviews.

Emma Viskic selected The End of Seeing as one of her books to help you survive the festive season.

An article by the wonderful Nicola Redhouse on editing The End of Seeing.

A lovely review of all three of the 2015 Viva La Novella winners by Alan Vaarwerk @ Readings

The Viva la Novella 3 Press Release

An interview with Bookseller & Publisher and Viva la Novella prize announcement in Bookseller & Publisher (only available to subscribers)

Read more reviews on GoodReads

Book Launch: The End of Seeing

I’m thrilled that my book, The End of Seeing, was launched at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival last night. In Australia, you’ll find it in your local bookshop. Worldwide it’s available online at the Greenlight Bookstore, Booktopia, Bol.com, AmazonGleebooksXoum and it’s available as an ebook from iTunes and on Kindle. Or you can buy it direct from my publisher Seizure.

Determined to discover the truth about the disappearance of her partner, Nick, Ana sets out to re-trace the route he took as a photojournalist on the other side of the world – a journey that saw him presumed dead, on a ship wrecked off the coast of Italy. But Ana doesn’t believe Nick is dead. In his photos, in the messages her memories of him seem to carry, and in her growing suspicion about his own need to disappear, she is increasingly sure he is alive somewhere. As she tracks his journey, she begins to witness the world that Nick saw through his camera – a world in which disappearance is not unexpected.

Read an extract

‘Dazzling, intelligent and heart-rending. I have long been a fan of Collins, and this is why.’ – Toni Jordan

‘I raced through with a catch in my throat and tears in my eyes. A love-letter to a vanished husband . . . nuanced and tender, political and tense. Christy Collins has written a subtle thriller with mystery at its heart.’ – Katerina Cosgrove

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