2017 literary prize winners

Lost Pages

Lost Pages

Marija Pericic

In this inspired novel of friendship, fraud, madness and betrayal, Marija Peričić writes vividly and compellingly of an extraordinary literary rivalry.

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The Windy Season

The Windy Season

Sam Carmody

An energetically wonderfully Australian story: set in Geraldton, WA, there are sharks, fishermen and accidents with evocative, memorable descriptions of the sea, fishing and the emptiness of loss.

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Days Without End

Days Without End

Sebastian Barry

Winner of the 2016 Costa Book of the Year and longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize: Sebastian Barry's sensational new novel set in mid-19th Century America.

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 Read reviewLincoln in the Bardo

Lincoln in the Bardo

George Saunders

The extraordinary first novel by the bestselling, Folio Prize-winning, National Book Award-shortlisted George Saunders, about Abraham Lincoln and the death of his eleven year old son, Willie, at the dawn of the Civil War.

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 Read reviewThe Dry

The Dry

Jane Harper

The Dry is the highest selling Australian debut in 2016.

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Sing, Unburied, Sing

Sing, Unburied, Sing

Jesmyn Ward

An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing examines the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power - and limitations - of family bonds.

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The Power

The Power

Naomi Alderman

The Power is speculative fiction at its most ambitious and provocative, taking us on a thrilling journey to an alternate reality while exposing our own world.

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 Read reviewLaRose

LaRose

Louise Erdrich

In this literary masterwork, Louise Erdrich, the bestselling author of The Round House and the Pulitzer Prize nominee The Plague of Doves wields her breathtaking narrative magic in an emotionally haunting contemporary tale of a...

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Extinctions

Extinctions

Josephine Wilson

Humorous, poignant and galvanising by turns, Extinctions is a novel about all kinds of extinction - natural, racial, national and personal - and what we can do to prevent them.

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The Museum of Modern Love

The Museum of Modern Love

Heather Rose

A mesmerising literary novel about a lost man in search of connection - a meditation on love, art and commitment, set against the backdrop of one of the greatest art events in modern history, Marina Abramovic's The Artist is...

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 Read reviewThe High Places

The High Places

Fiona McFarlane

These wide-ranging stories resonate in the way of only the finest writing and the most pleasurable reading. There are storylines that seem straightforward on the surface but have a dozen things circling underneath, others that sit...

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 Read reviewAustralia Day

Australia Day

Melanie Cheng

An important and illuminating debut fiction collection about Australian life and identity.

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Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965-2016

Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965-2016

Frank Bidart

Gathered together, the poems of Frank Bidart perform one of the most remarkable transmutations of the body into language in contemporary literature. His pages represent the human voice in all its extreme registers, whether it's...

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The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad

Colson Whitehead

From prize-winning, bestselling author Colson Whitehead, a magnificent, wrenching, thrilling tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South.  

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The Last Days Of Ava Langdon

The Last Days Of Ava Langdon

Mark O'Flynn

Winner of the Voss Literary Prize 2017Ava Langdon is often not herself. Having fled her early life in New Zealand and endured the loss of her children, she now lives as a recluse in the Blue Mountains....

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 Read reviewTheir Brilliant Careers: The Fantastic Lives of Sixteen Extraordinary Australian Writers

Their Brilliant Careers: The Fantastic Lives of Sixteen Extraordinary Australian Writers

Ryan O'Neill

Absurd, original and highly addictive ... In Their Brilliant Careers, Ryan O'Neill has written a hilarious novel in the guise of sixteen biographies of (invented) Australian writers. Meet Rachel Deverall, who discovered the...

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Atomic Thunder: The Maralinga Story

Atomic Thunder: The Maralinga Story

Dr Elizabeth Tynan

In 1950 Australian prime minister Robert Menzies blithely agreed to atomic tests that offered no benefit to Australia and relinquished control over them - and left the public completely in the dark. This book reveals the...

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Quicksilver

Quicksilver

Nicolas Rothwell

Six essays exploring the connections between old world Europe, aboriginal Australia, religion, meaning and the power of the sacred.

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H(A)PPY

H(A)PPY

Nicola Barker

Imagine a perfect world where everything is known, where everything is open, where there can be no doubt, no hatred, no poverty, no greed. Imagine a System which both nurtures and protects. A Community which nourishes and...

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How to Survive a Plague: The Story of How Activists and Scientists Tamed AIDS

How to Survive a Plague: The Story of How Activists and Scientists Tamed AIDS

David France

'Epoch-making . . . Brilliantly told. Informative, entertaining, suspenseful, moving, and personal.' Edmund White

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The Invisible War: A Tale on Two Scales

The Invisible War: A Tale on Two Scales

Ailsa Wild, Ben Hutchings, Briony Barr, Gregory Crocetti, Jeremy Barr

While treating a patient with dysentery, Sister Annie Barnaby encounters a strain of lethal bacteria. As the invaders journey deep into her gut, the resident microbes must ght to survive. Annie's life hangs in the balance. Enter...

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 Special priceThe Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia

The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia

Masha Gessen

Putin's bestselling biographer reveals how, in the space of a generation, Russia surrendered to a more virulent and invincible new strain of autocracy.

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Police at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly

Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly

Adrian McKinty

Winner of the Ned Kelly Award for Best Fiction 2017Belfast 1988: a man has been shot in the back with an arrow. It ain't Injuns and it isn't Robin Hood. But uncovering exactly who has done it will take...

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Getting Away With Murder

Getting Away With Murder

Duncan McNab

Winner of the Ned Kelly Award for Best True Crime 2017From 1977 to the end of 1986, Duncan McNab was a member of the NSW Police Force. Most of his service was in criminal investigation. The many...

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The Drowned Man: A true story of life death and murder on HMAS Australia

The Drowned Man: A true story of life death and murder on HMAS Australia

Brendan James Murray

Winner of the Ned Kelly Award for Best True Crime 2017A chance encounter in a fish-'n'-chip shop set Brendan James Murray on the trail of a mystery. Had a gay man been secretly murdered on HMAS...

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Look What You Made Me Do

Look What You Made Me Do

Megan Norris

Winner of the Davitt Award for Non-fiction Books 2017One Australian woman is hospitalised every three hours and two more lose their lives each week as a result of family violence. But for some women...

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Ghost Girls

Ghost Girls

Cath Ferla

Winner of the Davitt Award for Debut Fiction 2017Winter in Sydney. The city is brimming with foreign students. Sophie Sandilands takes a job teaching at an English language school. When one of her...

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A Second Life

A Second Life

Stephen Wright

Winner of the 2017 Seizure Viva La Novella Prize

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The Fish Girl

The Fish Girl

Mirandi Riwoe

Winner of the 2017 Seizure Viva La Novella PrizeSparked by the description of a ‘Malay trollope' in W. Somerset Maugham's story, The Four Dutchmen, Mirandi Riwoe's novella, The Fish...

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 Read reviewCan You Tolerate This?

Can You Tolerate This?

Ashleigh Young

Can You Tolerate This? is a collection of twenty-one personal essays by Ashleigh Young.

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Where Poppies Blow: The British Soldier, Nature, the Great War

Where Poppies Blow: The British Soldier, Nature, the Great War

John Lewis-Stempel

The natural history of the Western Front during the First World War by the award-winning author of Meadowland

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Before Rupert

Before Rupert

Tom D.C. Roberts

An impressive study of the Murdoch genius for government by media.' Chris Masters. 'In this engrossing study Tom Roberts draws on a remarkable range of sources, many for the first time, to show how Keith Murdoch succeeded in his...

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 Read reviewMusic and Freedom

Music and Freedom

Zoe Morrison

Alice Murray learns to play the piano aged three on an orange orchard in rural Australia. Recognising her daughter's gift, her mother sends Alice to boarding school in the bleak north of England, and there Alice stays for the rest...

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False Nostalgia

False Nostalgia

Aden Rolfe

False Nostalgia is rare among poetry collections, a work which is both lyrical and philosophical. It explores the way memory works, and the role memory plays in our sense of identity, and what we take to be the significant moments...

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A Horse Walks into a Bar

A Horse Walks into a Bar

David Grossman, Jessica Cohen

Flaying alive both himself and the people watching him, Dovaleh G provokes both revulsion and empathy from an audience that doesn't know whether to laugh or cry - and all this in the presence of a former childhood friend who is...

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A General Theory of Oblivion

A General Theory of Oblivion

José Eduardo Agualusa, Daniel Hahn

On the eve of Angolan independence, Ludo bricks herself into her apartment, where she will remain for the next thirty years. She lives off vegetables and pigeons, burns her furniture and books to stay alive and keeps herself busy...

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Mend the Living

Mend the Living

Maylis de Kerangal, Jessica Moore

From fatal accident to life-saving operation, Maylis de Kerangal, one of the brightest and boldest writers of modern literary fiction, returns with the epic story of a heart transplant.

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The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land In Between

The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land In Between

Hisham Matar

A memoir of a son's search for his father and the return to a homeland he never thought he'd see again. This is a personal tale of loss. It deals with history, politics and art. It's about what it is to be human.

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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Matthew Desmond

Arleen spends nearly all her money on rent but is kicked out with her kids in Milwaukee's coldest winter for years. Doreen's home is so filthy her family call it 'the rat hole'. Lamar, a wheelchair-bound ex-soldier, tries to work...

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Lab Girl

Lab Girl

Hope Jahren

A frank, illuminating and incandescent memoir by a trailblazing scientist; a moving portrait of a longtime collaboration in work and life; and a book that will make you look at the natural world in a whole new light.

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Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life

Ruth Franklin

Reviving the life and work of a neglected master, this biography establishes Shirley Jackson as a towering figure in American literature.

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 Read reviewHomegoing

Homegoing

Yaa Gyasi

Effia and Esi: two sisters with two very different destinies. One sold into slavery; one a slave trader's wife. The consequences of their fate reverberate through the generations that follow.

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Between a Wolf and a Dog

Georgia Blain

Ester is a family therapist with an appointment book that catalogues the woes of the middle class. She spends her days helping others find happiness, but her own family relationships are tense and frayed. Estranged from both her...

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Offshore: Behind the wire on Manus and Nauru

Offshore: Behind the wire on Manus and Nauru

Madeline Gleeson

What has happened on Nauru and Manus since Australia began its most recent offshore processing regime in 2012? This essential book provides a comprehensive and uncompromising overview of the first three years of...

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 Read reviewWhen Michael Met Mina

When Michael Met Mina

Randa Abdel-Fattah

Michael has always believed that everything in life is black and white. But that was before he met Mina.

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Carrying the World

Carrying the World

Maxine Beneba Clarke

A haunting visit to the International Museum of Slavery, in Liverpool England. A feisty young black girl pushing back against authority. The joy and despair of single parenthood. A love-hate relationship with words.

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Golden Hill

Golden Hill

Francis Spufford

New York, a small town on the tip of Manhattan Island. 1746. One rainy evening, a charming young stranger fresh off the boat from England pitches up to a counting house on Golden Hill Street, with a suspicious yet compelling...

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The Bombs That Brought Us Together

The Bombs That Brought Us Together

Brian Conaghan

This second book from the acclaimed author of When Mr. Dog Bites is powerful, warm, funny, and moving - the story of two friends, one shed, a war, and a terrible choice.  

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Dadland: A Journey into Uncharted Territory

Dadland: A Journey into Uncharted Territory

Keggie Carew

Tom Carew was a maverick, a left-handed stutterer, a law unto himself. As a member of an elite SOE unit he was parachuted behind enemy lines to raise guerrilla resistance in France, then Burma, in the Second World War. But his...

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Falling Awake

Falling Awake

Alice Oswald

Mutability - a sense that all matter is unstable in the face of mortality - is at the heart of this new collection and each poem is involved in that drama: the held tension that is embodied life, and life's losing struggle with...

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Jackself

Jackself

Jacob Polley

Jackself is the fourth collection from one of Britain's finest poets, and sees Jacob Polley at the height of his powers.

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