Prime Minister's Literary Awards 2012 Shortlisted Books

Michael Kirby: Paradoxes and Principles

Michael Kirby: Paradoxes and Principles

A.J. Brown

A biography that charts Michael Kirby's extraordinary public life from his first forays as a student politician in the early 1960s, to his appointments as foundation chairman of the Australian Law Reform Commission in 1975,...

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Alaska

Alaska

Sue Saliba

When Mia follows her sister halfway across the world to Alaska, she discovers that love can be found in the most unexpected and beautiful of places. But can Mia find the courage to follow her heart in Alaska? And what if the one...

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Ashes in the Air: UQP Poetry Series

Ashes in the Air: UQP Poetry Series

Ali Alizadeh

Alizadeh finds grace, wit and fire in this latest volume of poetry, which explores themes such as fatherhood and migration. It ranges from the Tehran of Alizadeh's childhood to the Australian coast of his teenage years. From the...

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Indifferent Inclusion: Aboriginal people and the Australian nation

Indifferent Inclusion: Aboriginal people and the Australian nation

Russell McGregor

Offers a fresh interpretation of the complex relationship between Indigenous and settler Australians during the middle four decades of the twentieth century. Combining the perspectives of political, social and cultural history,...

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A Straight Line to My Heart

A Straight Line to My Heart

Bill Condon

A funny, poignant, heartwarming story of first love, first job, friends, family and the inevitability of change in the first summer out of school.

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Eye For Eternity, An

Eye For Eternity, An

Mark McKenna

Manning Clark was a complex, demanding and brilliant man. Mark McKenna's compelling biography of this giant of Australia's cultural landscape is informed by his reading of Clark's extensive private letters, journals and diaries. A...

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Being Here

Being Here

Barry Jonsberg

Sixteen-year-old Carly is interviewing Leah Cartwright for her local history project. But Leah resists, determined instead to tell her own story: that of a lonely child on an isolated farm, a girl whose only escape is into the...

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Breaking the Sheep's Back

Breaking the Sheep’s Back

Charles Massy

Tells the story of one of Australia's biggest business disasters, which involves government complicity, and is a political scandal that reaches into the offices of Cabinet ministers and prime ministers across six federal...

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When Horse Became Saw

When Horse Became Saw

Anthony Macris

Anthony Macris and his wife were the happiest of parents when their son Alex was born. Until autism descended, in a swift and brutal wave, sweeping away the child they knew and leaving them to watch helplessly as his mind...

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When We Were Two

When We Were Two

Robert Newton

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Southern Barbarians

Southern Barbarians

John Mateer

The Portuguese traders who brought Europe to Japan in the sixteenth century were known as southern barbarians. In his new collection John Mateer offers a contemporary re-charting of the Portuguese Empire. This empire is a fugitive...

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Interferon Psalms

Interferon Psalms

Luke Davies

The ravaging effects of illness, the breakup of a relationship and the disturbing nature of relocation. These are the subjects under award-winning Luke Davies' meditative eye. Luke Davies' Totem was a grand love poem, a hymn to...

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New and Selected Poems

New and Selected Poems

Gig Ryan

The emotional and social power of Gig Ryans poems have exerted an influence over two generations of readers, since the publication of her award-winning collection Division of Anger in 1981. A canonical figure in Australian poetry,...

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