Donna Tartt’s literary blockbuster The Goldfinch is one of six novels shortlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, alongside three debut writers, and a previous winner. A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride | The Guardian review The Undertaking by Audrey Magee | The Guardian review The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri | The Guardian review Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | The Guardian review Burial Rites by Hannah Kent | The Guardian review The Goldfinch by Donna Tart | The Guardian review The winner will be announced June 4 2014.
Click on each book’s title for more information: Letter to George Clooney by Debra Adelaide Moving Among Strangers by Gabrielle Carey Burial Rites by Hannah Kent Night Games by Anna Krien Mullumbimby by Melissa Lucashenko The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane Boy, Lost by Kristina Olsson The Misogyny Factor by Anne Summers Madeleine by Helen Trinca The Swan Book by Alexis Wright The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka by Clare Wright All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld The shortlist will be announced on Thursday March 20, and the winner of the 2014 Stella prize will be awarded in Sydney on Tuesday April 29.
- The Most Dazzling Debut
- The Most Memorable Love Story
- The Ultimate Thriller
- The Best YA Novel
- The Novel that Most Deserved an Award
TheReadingRoom members then voted on their favorites. See the results below by country or at a global level:
- Best of 2013 Awards – Global Results
- Best of 2013 Awards – US Results
- Best of 2013 Awards – UK Results
- Best of 2013 Awards – AUS Results
TheReadingRoom staff has compiled a featured bookshelf of TheReadingRoom Staff 2013 Favorites. We all struggled to keep ourselves to three but luckily we all shared some highlights. You can view our staff selections here and find out more about our choices below. Anna settled on TransAtlantic by Colum McCann, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra, and The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan, which was similarly revered by Kim, alongside Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala and Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, declaring it a must read. Simon, our crime afficionado, celebrated the return of two of his favorite authors: Stephen King’sDoctor Sleep, the sequel to the lauded horror novel The Shining; and the new Rebus novel, The Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin. The graphic novel Polar: Came from the Cold by Victor Santos also made his list. Meanwhile, Cara was much more eclectic, opting for The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, the critically-acclaimed debut novel Cartwheel by Jennifer Dubois, and Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie. We also made the unamimous decision to include The Goldfinch by Donna Tart as one of the year’s highlights.
TheReadingRoom enters an exclusive retail partnership with Bookworld
TheReadingRoom announced today that it has entered into an exclusive retail partnership with Bookworld in a bid to provide its members with a viable option for those wishing to purchase books at competitive prices and with free shipping. Launched this week, the retail partnership will extend Bookworld’s discounted Citizen prices to TheReadingRoom members, while also providing free shipping on every order and exclusive deals each month. TheReadingRoom is one of the fastest growing book-centric social discovery platforms in the world and is focussed on growing its extensive Australian member base. Until recently TheReadingRoom offered a range of local affiliate retailers to provide an end-to-end solution for its members to discover, share and discuss books. However, members wanted a more integrated offering across the site, with prices and free shipping to match that of offshore competitors. ‘It’s important to provide Australians with a local solution,’ says CEO of TheReadingRoom Kim Anderson, ‘but it had to be competitive in user experience and price. Bookworld could offer that solution and was prepared to work hand in hand with us to integrate solutions. We have a highly engaged audience and often the books they are looking for are published locally, so we will now be in a position to supply them quickly.’ CEO of Bookworld James Webber says ‘Bookworld is delighted to be partnering with TheReadingRoom and is proud to be able to offer their members the largest range of titles of any Australian online retailer, competitive prices and free shipping, all of which provides Australians a real viable alternative to sourcing their books from overseas. Together we put local publishers, authors and readers first and foremost and as such this partnership has great synergies.’ Webber says, ‘TheReadingRoom is a fantastic destination of discovery and recommendation for Australian readers and Bookworld provides a first class retail solution to complement that and ensure their members can acquire their beloved books cheaply and quickly.’
New Funds Will Fuel Firm’s Accelerated Growth in the United States
TheReadingRoom, the leading independent online portal for avid readers to discover new books, today announced that it had successfully completed its latest round of funding, raising $2.75 million through the support of existing shareholders and other private investors. With this new capital, TheReadingRoom plans to continue to drive membership and implement a range of site enhancements and commercial partnerships. TheReadingRoom also announced that it has relocated its sales and marketing team to the New York City office, including the founder and CEO Kim Anderson, the head of Sales Cara Codemo, and Marketing Director Ben Aronsten. The office is located at 205 Hudson Street, Level 9; New York, NY 10013. TheReadingRoom will retain its offices in London and Sydney. “We are empowered by our investors’ commitment to our business, as demonstrated by their financial support to fuel our continued growth,” said Kim Anderson, Chief Executive Officer, TheReadingRoom. “The funds raised today will enable us to meet the growing demand for TheReadingRoom to be the online platform of choice for readers to discover new authors, classics and those hidden gems, and importantly to connect with other, like-minded readers. TheReadingRoom can now accelerate its expansion across the United States and North America.”