Welcome to the ANZ LitLovers blog. It started out as a blog for an online reading group, and while it still retains its role as a portal to the group, its primary function now is as Lisa Hill’s ANZ LitLovers LitBlog – where you can find reviews and commentary about Australian literary fiction, Australian classics and (less often) non-fiction. There are also regular blog posts about contemporary international fiction and the classics.
Lisa Hill is a keen reader who lives in Melbourne, Victoria. Her natural habitat is a library. When not reading, she can be found buying, coveting, sorting, re-arranging, cataloguing, blogging or talking about books, with occasional trips overseas to admire other libraries. These activities are interrupted only by having to go to work, but after a long career in teaching she has finally found a way of combining the two by working as a primary school librarian, necessitating reading books to 17 classes a week and more buying, coveting, sorting, re-arranging, cataloguing, blogging or talking about books.
ANZ LitLovers is an online reading group for Australian and New Zealand lovers of literary fiction. Our members are keen readers of all ages who discuss books and book-related topics by email.
Our members come from all over ANZ, but gatherings take place whenever the opportunity arises. Bookshops and writing festivals are popular venues.
ANZLL defines ANZ literature as any book of literary fiction written by a Kiwi or an Aussie, (including expats) or set in Australia or New Zealand. We choose mainly contemporary literary fiction, but include a ‘classic’ choice for the summer holidays. We also include an international title each year, and enjoy friendly and relaxed chat about other books we read as well.
Members nominate books for discussion, and we vote at the end of each year. We choose affordable paperbacks that are also readily available from libraries, and the style and quality of our choices can be seen by checking current and past schedules as well as our Top Tens page. Discussion starts on the 8th of each month, and if we have two titles in a month, the second discussion begins on the 22nd. While it is not expected that everyone will join discussions for every title, all members are asked to contribute regularly to sharing their BBRLM (Best Book Read Last Month), and to our annual Top Tens.
ANZ LitLovers is a Yahoo reading group, and there is no cost to belong. Membership is by invitation, but we welcome enquiries from keen readers from Australia or New Zealand any time. Check out our reading schedule, our archives, rating scale and many other book-related links, and if you’d like to join, contact
ANZLitLoversfirstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com (NB This is the contact email for the reading group, not for Lisa Hill at this blog. Scroll right down to the bottom for that. I hide it to avoid spam.)
After a long struggle with breast cancer, Kim died peacefully at home with her family on May 13th, 2005.
Kim was a very special person to us all. We loved her warm and generous spirit, her sense of humour,
her passionate opinions about the world’s injustices, and her wisdom.
Those of us who were privileged to know her will never forget her.
Gardenias were her favourite flower.
This one blooms in Lisa’s garden in memory of Kim.
This blog is maintained by Lisa Hill.
Ramblings, reviews, rants and raves are all by Lisa Hill unless otherwise noted.
Publishers and authors wishing to submit books for review, please visit the Comments and Reviews Policy page, then contact anzlitloversatbigponddotcom.
Update: April 9th 2011
I have also joined the Fishpond Affiliate Program, to provide convenient links for Australian and New Zealand buyers. This is partly to support local online suppliers of Australian and New Zealand books and partly because The Book Depository does not always stock ANZ titles. Like the Book Depository, they offer free postage on every order.
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