Alpha Reader’s Favourite Books of 2011

Delighted to see Days Like This among Alpha Reader’s “Favourite Books of 2011” on her December 4 blog. Have a look: http://alphareader.blogspot.com/2011/12/favourite-books-of-2011.html 

Writes Alpha Reader, generously” “I loved this book, not least because Stewart put Australia on the Dystopia map! In this riveting and frightening book, Sydney has become a walled city, akin to Cold War Berlin. Youth is currency and adults are the enemy. Stewart is writing fragments of horrible history – the book’s dystopia has echoes of Russian KGB and Hitler’s SS, and is heavily influenced by the author’s South African roots, and the sadness of apartheid. A history lesson, action adventure with teen characters to make your chest swell with youthful pride. Brilliant!”

PS Alpha Reader is Danielle Binks, just nominated as a finalist in the 2011 John Marsden Prize for Young Australian Writers. The award will be announced on December 16, 2011 – good luck, Danielle!

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About alisonstewartwriter

Alison is a writer, journalist and travel writer, born in South Africa, now living in Australia. She has had nine books published - two books for adults and seven for young people. Four of them have been translated into Italian, Danish, Dutch and Thai. Her latest project, Cold Stone Soup, an unpublished memoir about growing up under apartheid and migrating to Australia has won the FAW 2013 National Literary Awards (Jim Hamilton Award for a non-fiction manuscript). Cold Stone Soup was also runner-up in the 2010 Penguin/Varuna Scholarship. Her first book for adults, Born Into the Country (Justified Press 1988, South Africa) was shortlisted for the 1987 AA Mutual Life Vita Young Writers’ Award. Heinemann Australia published her next adult novel, Bitterbloom in 1991. Her YA novel, The Wishing Moon was shortlisted for the 1995 Australian Multicultural Children’s Award and was a 1995 Children’s Book Council Notable book. Her YA dystopia, Days Like This, published by Penguin Australia was a finalist in the inaugural 2010 Amazon/Penguin Breakthrough Novel Award in the YA category. Alison worked for years as a news and feature journalist. She is now a regular travel writer for The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age and online Fairfax Media publications.
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