06 December 2010

ACT Book of the Year announced

The ACT Library Service congratulates Marion Halligan on winning this year's ACT Book of the Year announced by Chief Minister Jon Stanhope, for her novel Valley of Grace, published by Allen and Unwin in 2009.



This is Marion's third ACT Book of the Year Prize. She won, jointly, the first award in 1993 with Lovers' Knot and again in 2004 for The Point.

SYNOPSIS
Valley of Grace is an interwoven narrative of modern day Paris.

Fanny and Gerard fall in love in a way that surprises even them as their lives fill with good sex and loving companionship. But they long for a child to complete their happiness. Two of Fanny's lesbian friends feel similarly driven by the need to have a child. But how to make that possible?

Jean-Marie is an internationally regarded professor of philosophy whose adoring students are willing sexual partners fulfilling the tenets of his libertarianism. But perhaps philosophy can't bear the weight of human emotion.

When Gerard buys a beautiful old house in the suburbs, the disturbing contents of the attic binds the stories into an intriguing and darkly disturbing knot.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Marion Halligan is an award-winning novelist, essayist and short-story writer with many prizes to her name, including The Age Book of the Year, the ACT Book of the Year, the Nita B. Kibble Award, the Steele Rudd Award, the Braille Book of the Year, the 3M Talking Book of the Year and the Geraldine Pascall prize for critical writing.

She has also been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, the Dublin IMPAC Prize and the Miles Franklin Award. Her previous works include The Point, The Fog Garden, A Taste of Memory, The Apricot Colonel, Murder on the Apricot Coast, and Valley of Grace.

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