Prime Minister's Literary Awards 2009 Non-Fiction Shortlist

Drawing The Global Colour Line

Drawing The Global Colour Line

Henry Reynolds, Marilyn Lake

This is a pioneering account of the transnational production of whiteness in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. A work remarkable for both its international breadth and for its sensitivity to a local particularity,...

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 Read reviewAmerican Journeys

American Journeys

Don Watson

In May 2005, on a sudden impulse, Don Watson took a train called The Southwest Chief from Chicago to Los Angeles: like a woodworm, he thought, drilling a tiny groove into the bark of the republic. Long before it reached LA, Watson...

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The Henson Case

The Henson Case

David Marr

Examines the pornography/art debate with exclusive interviews with Bill Henson, members of the NSW police force, child abuse campaigners and important figures in the Australian arts scene. Contains prints of the controversial...

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 Read reviewHouse of Exile: The Life and Times of Heinrich Mann and Nelly Kroeger-Mann

House of Exile: The Life and Times of Heinrich Mann and Nelly Kroeger-Mann

Evelyn Juers

This is a unique work, pioneering a new literary form - the collective biography. This book is a must for all interested in the literary landscape of the 20th century.

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Doing Life: A Biography of Elizabeth Jolley

Doing Life: A Biography of Elizabeth Jolley

Brian Dibble

The first definitive, authorised biography of the late Elizabeth Jolley - one of the most distinctive and remarkable voices in Australian literature. Brian Dibble draws on Jolley's private letters and diaries as well as extensive...

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Gough Whitlam: A Moment In History

Gough Whitlam: A Moment In History

Jenny Hocking

The first contemporary biographical study of Gough Whitlam from his childhood in Canberra, his extensive war service and marriage to Margaret, this book draws upon the author's unprecedented access to archival material and...

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 Read reviewThe Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm Island

The Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm Island

Chloe Hooper

The story of Palm Island, the tropical paradise where one morning Cameron Doomadgee swore at a policeman and forty minutes later lay dead in a watch-house cell. It is the story of that policeman, the tall, enigmatic Christopher...

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