Tuesday, October 21, 2014

from Australia: the 2014 Prime Minister's Literary Awards shortlists

I found an article during my morning coffee-drinking, slow wake-up time today that pointed me to the website of the Prime Minister of Australia . It reveals the shortlists for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards, which "recognise the role Australian writers play in enlightening and entertaining us, reflecting on our history and taking our stories to the world." Winners will be selected by the end of the year.

I'll just post a couple of lists that drew my interest:

A World of Other People, by Steven Carroll
The Narrow Road to the Deep North, by Richard Flanagan  -- note:  moving quickly to the top of  tbr pile
The Night Guest, by Fiona McFarlane  -- note: if you haven't read this book yet, it is most excellent
Coal Creek, by Alex Miller 
Belomor, by Nicolas Rothwell 

Moving Among Strangers, by Gabrielle Carey  -- note: a little gem of a book, actually
 The Lucky Culture, by Nick Cater
Citizen Emperor, by Philip Dwyer
Rendezvous with Destiny, by Michael Fullilove
Madeleine: A Life of Madeleine St John, by Helen Trinca

Prize for Australian History
Broken Nation: Australians in the Great War, by Joan Beaumont 
First Victory 1914, by Mike Carlton 
Australia’s Secret War: How unionists sabotaged our troops in World War II, by Hal G.P. Colebatch Arthur Phillip: Sailor, Mercenary, Governor, Spy, by Michael Pembroke
 The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, by Clare Wright  -- note: a huge book, but I can't wait to read it!

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