Origins of the Pile
There has always been a Pile by the Bed. Books being read, books waiting to be read, and books that might never make it to the top.
Always a voracious reader, I ended up becoming a judge of the fiction category of the Ned Kelly Awards, Australia’s premier crime fiction awards, in 2008. The annual Ned Kelly Awards short lists for fiction and debut fiction are always a great place to find the absolute best in Australian crime fiction.
And Australian crime fiction is flourishing. There were over fifty-five entries in the best fiction category of the Ned Kellys in 2015. At that time the Pile grew to epic, some might say unmanageable, proportions. Now retired from the judging, I have joined the Australian Crime Writers Association committee to help with organising the Awards.
But the Pile does not just focus on crime. There is plenty of other genre fiction – science fiction, fantasy, thrillers, historical – plus the odd non-genre ‘literary’ novel and a smattering of young adult titles.
And Pile by the Bed reviews now appear in a range of publications including:
- Australian Public Sector News
- Aurealis – the Australian science fiction and fantasy magazine
- Austcrime – Australian and New Zealand crime fiction reviews
- Verity La – an on-line creative arts journal
- Newtown Review of Books – Sydney’s original online review of books
Pile By the Bed is the one place where all of my reviews will be published.
While the actual pile is now more manageable, it continues to grow, with plenty of titles patiently waiting their turn. I don’t always get to all of them, but I try.
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