2008 Literary Award Winners
The Time We Have Taken
A luminous exploration of public and private reckoning in a Melbourne suburb during the upheavals of the 1970s. It is a celebration of the rhythms and the intricacies of suburban life, as well as a meditation on its limits.
The Zookeepers War
It is Berlin Zoo, 1943, and each night, Vera and Axel, her German husband, spend the night in the bomb shelter. Together they struggle to look after the animals, through the air raids and food shortages. Zoo staff are drafted, and...
De Niro’s Game
Told in the voice of Bassam, this is a beautiful, explosive portrait of contemporary young men shaped by a lifelong experience of war. It takes an astonishing, brilliantly paced look at life and death in a war zone, and what comes...
The Road Home
Lev is on his way to Britain to seek work, so that he can send money back to Eastern Europe to support his mother and little daughter. This book shows readers the struggles that he faces with the rituals of 'Englishness', and the...
Tree of Smoke
A dark, indelible epic about the other side of the American Dream
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