Prime Minister's Literary Awards 2014 Shortlist

 Read reviewA World of Other People

A World of Other People

Steven Carroll

Set in 1941 during the Blitz, A World of Other People traces the love affair of Jim, an Australian pilot in Bomber Command, and Iris, a forthright Englishwoman finding her voice as a writer.

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 Read reviewThe Night Guest

The Night Guest

Fiona McFarlane

The hypnotic tale of a psychological battle on unequal terms and a superbly drawn portrait of two very particular women - a beautifully written, unnerving and acutely moving debut.

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Coal Creek

Coal Creek

Alex Miller

The new novel from Australia's highly acclaimed literary treasure is an extraordinarily powerful exploration of tragedy, betrayal, the true nature of friendship and the beauty of lasting love.

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 Read reviewBelomor

Belomor

Nicolas Rothwell

Elegiac and seductive, Belomor is the frontier where truth and invention meet--where fragments from distant lives intermingle, and cohere.

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 Read reviewMoving Among Strangers: Randolph Stow and My Family

Moving Among Strangers: Randolph Stow and My Family

Gabrielle Carey

Two literary lives defined by storytelling and secrets As her mother Joan lies dying, Gabrielle Carey writes a letter to Joan's childhood friend, the reclusive novelist Randolph Stow. This letter sets in motion a literary...

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The Lucky Culture And The Rise Of An Australian Ruling Class

The Lucky Culture And The Rise Of An Australian Ruling Class

Nick Cater

A bold and provocative book about Australia's national identity and how it is threatened by the rise of a ruling class. Nick Cater, senior editor at The Australian, tracks the seismic changes in Australian culture and outlook...

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Citizen Emperor: Napoleon in Power 1799-1815

Citizen Emperor: Napoleon in Power 1799-1815

Philip Dwyer

The second volume of a new and comprehensive biography about one of the history's most charismatic leaders

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 Read reviewMadeleine: A Life Of Madeleine St John

Madeleine: A Life Of Madeleine St John

Helen Trinca

The compelling story of one of Australia's finest female novelists, Helen Trinca has captured the troubled life of Madeleine St John in this moving account of a remarkable writer.

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Broken Nation: Australians in the Great War

Broken Nation: Australians in the Great War

Joan Beaumont

The Australian experience of war in all its complexity - from the homefront as well as the battlefront - as the men and women who experienced it chose to understand and remember it.

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First Victory: The Hunt for the German Raider Emden

First Victory: The Hunt for the German Raider Emden

Mike Carlton

HMAS Sydney's hunt for the German raider, Emden. In the opening months of the First World War, Emden's trail of destruction was tremendous. This one small ship and her skilled and gallant captain wrought havoc on the maritime...

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The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka

The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka

Clare Wright

Ten years in the research and writing, inimitably bold, entertaining and irreverent in style, Clare Wright's The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka is a fitting tribute to the unbiddable women of Ballarat-women who made Eureka a story for...

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Tempo

Tempo

Sarah Day

Time and motion are undercurrents in these new poems by Sarah Day. Her subjects encompass the commonplace in the Australian landscape as well as the exotic or peculiar. These poems, individually and collectively, invite questions...

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1953

1953

Geoff Page

A moment in time, an Australian country town and characters to remember, all brought to life in engaging verse. 1953 is a unique verse narrative composed of monologues and verse portraits. Together, these build towards the story...

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The Incredible Here and Now

The Incredible Here and Now

Felicity Castagna

Michael's older brother dies at the beginning of the summer he turns 15, but as its title suggests The Incredible Here and Now is a tale of wonder, not of tragedy. Presented as a series of vignettes, in the...

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 Read reviewPureheart

Pureheart

Cassandra Golds

Cassandra Golds, the award-winning author of The Three Loves of Persimmon, has written a literary, supernatural thriller for young adults, retelling, in part, the romantic legend of Sir Galahad.

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 Read reviewGirl Defective

Girl Defective

Simmone Howell

It's summer in St Kilda. Fifteen-year-old Sky is looking forward to great records and nefarious activities with Nancy, her older, wilder friend. Her brother - Super Agent Gully - is on a mission to unmask the degenerate who...

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 Read reviewLife in Outer Space

Life in Outer Space

Melissa Keil

Sam Kinnison is a geek, and he's totally fine with that. He has his horror movies, his nerdy friends, World of Warcraft and until Princess Leia turns up in his bedroom, worry about girls he will not. Then Camilla Carter arrives...

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The First Third

The First Third

Will Kostakis

Life is made up of three parts: in the first third, you're embarrassed by your family; in the second, you make a family of your own; and in the end, you just embarrass the family you've made. That's how Billy's grandmother...

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 Read reviewSilver Buttons

Silver Buttons

Bob Graham

From his glorious urban skyscapes to the tender portrayal of a falling feather or the tying of a shoelace or a dog's joy in scratching his back, the author lets us in on a world view conveyed with humanity, compassion and...

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 Read reviewSong for a Scarlet Runner

Song for a Scarlet Runner

Julie Hunt

WINNER OF THE READINGS CHILDREN'S BOOK PRIZE 2014 Peat is on the run - forced to flee for her life when she's blamed for bringing bad luck to her village. She heads for the endless marshes,...

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 Read reviewMy Life as an Alphabet

My Life as an Alphabet

Barry Jonsberg

Introducing Candice Phee: twelve years old, hilariously honest and a little ... odd. But she has a big heart, the very best of intentions and an unwavering determination to ensure everyone is happy. So she sets about trying to...

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 Read reviewKissed by the Moon

Kissed by the Moon

Alison Lester

Part poem, part lullaby, this gentle story celebrates a baby's wonder at our beautiful world.

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Rules of Summer

Rules of Summer

Shaun Tan

The much anticipated new book from Australia's most acclaimed picture-book creator.

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