The Lane Bookshop Local Author Series 

The Lane would like to thank Alan Harvey for his recent talk at the Lane Bookshop. For more information on Alan's work please see the link below.

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Alan Harvey is an Emeritus Professor at The University of Western Australia and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Science. He is a neuroscientist who has had a life-long interest and passion for music.

Alan Harvey’s book Music, Evolution, and the Harmony of Souls was published by OUP in 2017 and was reviewed by Mandy Stefanakis for the Music Trust e-zine. Alan is currently a member of Perth Symphonic Chorus and their chamber choir.

The Booker Prizes

The Booker Prizes
The leading literary award in the English speaking world, which has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over 50 years. Awarded annually to the best novel of the year written in English and published in the UK or Ireland.

The 2021 Booker Prize Longlist
A Passage North, Anuk Arudpragasam (Granta Books, Granta Publications)
Second Place, Rachel Cusk, (Faber)
The Promise, Damon Galgut, (Chatto & Windus, Vintage, PRH)
The Sweetness of Water, Nathan Harris (Tinder Press, Headline, Hachette Book Group)
Klara and the Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro (Faber)
An Island, Karen Jennings (Holland House Books)
A Town Called Solace, Mary Lawson (Chatto & Windus, Vintage, PRH)
No One is Talking About This, Patricia Lockwood (Bloomsbury Circus, Bloomsbury Publishing)
The Fortune Men, Nadifa Mohamed (Viking, Penguin General, PRH)
Bewilderment, Richard Powers (Hutchinson Heinemann, PRH)
China Room, Sunjeev Sahota (Harvill Secker, Vintage, PRH)
Great Circle, Maggie Shipstead (Doubleday, Transworld Publishers, PRH)
Light Perpetual, Francis Spufford (Faber)

The 2020 Winner

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart (Picador, Pan Macmillan)

The 2020 Shortlist

The New Wilderness by Diane Cook (Oneworld Publications)
This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga (Faber & Faber)
Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi (Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House)
The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste (Canongate Books)
Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart (Picador, Pan Macmillan)
Real Life by Brandon Taylor (Originals, Daunt Books)

Pulitzer Prizes

The Pulitzer Prizes are awarded by Columbia University for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature and musical composition within the United States.
2020 Fiction Winner

The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)

2020 Fiction Finalists

The Dutch House, by Ann Patchett (Harper)
The Topeka School, by Ben Lerner (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Past Winners
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Costa Book Awards

Launched in 1971, the Costa Book Awards is one of the UK's most prestigious and popular book prizes and celebrates the most enjoyable books of the year by writers resident in the UK and Ireland. Uniquely, the prize has five categories First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetryand Children’s Book – with one of the five winning books selected as the overall Costa Book of the year

2020 Winner

The Mermaid of Black Conch: A Love Story by Monique Roffey (Peepal Tree)

Costa Book Awards Shortlists
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Miles Franklin Award

The Miles Franklin Literary Award is Australia’s most prestigious literature prize. Established through the will of My Brilliant Career author, Miles Franklin, the prize is awarded each year to a novel which is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases.

First presented in 1957, the Award helps to support authors and to foster uniquely Australian literature. Miles Franklin believed that “Without an indigenous literature, people can remain alien in their own soil." She also had first-hand experience of struggling to make a living as a writer and was the beneficiary of two literary prizes herself.
2020 Winner

The Yield by Tara June Winch (Penguin Random House Australia)

Past Winners
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The 2021 Indie Book Award Winners



The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams (Affirm Press)


Honeybee by Craig Silvey(Allen & Unwin)


Phosphorescence by Julia Baird (Fourth Estate Australia)


Plantopedia by Lauren Camilleri & Sophia Kaplan (Smith Street Books)


The Grandest Bookshop in the World by Amelia Mellor (Affirm Press)


This One is Ours by Kate O’Donnell (University of Queensland Press)