Congratulations to all the authors whose books have been shortlisted for the 2014 CBCA Awards.
Due to an error during a staff handover, Text Publishing’s entries for the 2014 Awards were not submitted.
Text sincerely apologises to the YA and Children’s authors we let down. We exist to serve our writers, and this mistake has caused our team great regret.
Kirsty Wilson, Sales and Marketing Director, Text Publishing
Craig Sherborne’s second novel, Tree Palace, is ‘a novel as beautiful in its conjunctions as the chandelier swinging over its landscapes,’ writes Felicity Plunkett in the Australian. ‘Sherborne’s writing finds its grace in the odd and unexpected, and the rhythms of jagged lives…[his] talents with narrative and poetry combine to produce a striking fiction.’
Peter Craven in the Sydney Morning Herald calls Tree Palace ‘moving, terrifying and wonderfully well observed and, as with all the strange books Sherborne writes, a triumph…[it] is a brave, tremendously imaginative look at the familiar features of the human face in conditions we routinely despise and judge…a startling and blessed book.’
‘Sherborne pushes his characters to their limits, testing their mettle to create a family drama that is at once comic, tragic and unsettling,’ says Readings. ‘Sherborne’s descriptions of landscape are poetic and powerful, reinforcing a sense of identity that is deeply connected to a sense of place.’
‘Sherborne’s skills as a poet and playwright shine through,’ says Books+Publishing. ‘Tree Palace serves up a full slice of life—the bitter with the sweet.’
Eureka Street says ‘Sherborne had me at chapter one…Tree Palace is a reminder that even inside the smallest of stories there’s room enough for the stirring of universal themes…This is timeless, universal storytelling that is nonetheless quintessentially Australian.’
‘This is not a morality play,’ says the Hoopla. ‘[Tree Palace is] a delightful take on what it means to be family.’
Tree Palace is available now in bookshops and online.