Prime Minister's Literary Awards shortlist 2017

 Read reviewThe Easy Way Out

The Easy Way Out

Steven Amsterdam

A wickedly funny novel about life's saddest moments, The Easy Way Out explores the issues of assisted suicide and the right to die

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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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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 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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Waiting

Waiting

Philip Salom

Big is a hefty cross-dresser and Little is little. Both are long used to the routines of boarding house life in the inner suburbs of Melbourne, but Little, with the prospect of an inheritance, is worrying Big with by indulging in...

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 Read reviewOur Man Elsewhere: In Search Of Alan Moorehead

Our Man Elsewhere: In Search Of Alan Moorehead

Thornton McCamish

A world-famous Australian writer, an inspiration to Robert Hughes and Clive James, a legendary war correspondent who also wrote bestselling histories of exploration and conservation . . . and yet forgotten? In this dazzling book,...

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 Special priceMick: A Life of Randolph Stow

Mick: A Life of Randolph Stow

Suzanne Falkiner

Randolph Stow was one of the great Australian writers of his generation. His novel To the Islands - written in his early twenties after living on a remote Aboriginal mission - won the Miles Franklin Award for 1958. In...

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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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The Art of Time Travel: Historians and Their Craft

The Art of Time Travel: Historians and Their Craft

Tom Griffiths

Passionate and elegant, The Art of Time Travel conjures fresh insights into the history of Australia and renews our sense of the historian's craft.

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The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art

The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art

Sebastian Smee

Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic Sebastian Smee tells the fascinating story of four pairs of artists-Manet and Degas, Picasso and Matisse, Pollock and de Kooning, Freud and Bacon-whose fraught, competitive friendships spurred...

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A Handful of Sand: The Gurindji Struggle, After the Walk-Off

A Handful of Sand: The Gurindji Struggle, After the Walk-Off

Charlie Ward

Fifty years ago, a group of striking Aboriginal stockmen in the remote Northern Territory of Australia herald a revolution in the cattle industry and a massive shift in Aboriginal affairs. A Handful of Sand tells the story behind...

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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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Evatt: A life

Evatt: A life

John Murphy

John Murphy's Evatt: A life is a biography of Australian parliamentarian and jurist HV Evatt. Remembered as the first foreign minister to argue for an independent Australian policy in the 1940s and...

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A Passion For Exploring New Countries: Matthew Flinders and George Bass

A Passion For Exploring New Countries: Matthew Flinders and George Bass

Josephine Bastian

‘Australian history ... does not read like history', Mark Twain complained in 1897, ‘but like the most beautiful lies ... It is full of surprises and adventures, incongruities, and contradictions, and incredibilities;...

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Year of the Wasp

Year of the Wasp

Joel Deane

‘It is rare and electrifying to read poetry with this much at stake. These poems are ‘written in blood ink': everywhere charged with terror and longing. Written after a stroke, this collection line by line reflects the...

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Content

Content

Liam Ferney

In his latest collection, Liam Ferney focuses on the deep contradictions at the heart of modern life. Content is a hand grenade tossed into the middle of polite society. Ferney uses the argot of politics and the internet to tackle...

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Fragments

Fragments

Antigone Kefala

Antigone  Kefala is one of the elders of Australian poetry, highly regarded for the intensity of her vision, yet not widely known, on account of the small number  of poems she has published, each carefully worked, each...

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 Read reviewWords in Deep Blue

Words in Deep Blue

Cath Crowley

This is a love story. It's the story of Henry Jones and Rachel Sweetie. It's the story of how we leave our histories in the things we love - like books.

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The Bone Sparrow

The Bone Sparrow

Zana Fraillon

Subhi's imagination is as big as the ocean and wide as the sky, but his world is much smaller: he's spent his whole life in an immigration detention centre. The Bone Sparrow is a powerful, heartbreaking, sometimes funny...

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Forgetting Foster

Forgetting Foster

Dianne Touchell

The powerful story of a young boy whose father develops Alzheimer's disease, from the highly acclaimed author of A Small Madness.

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 Read reviewThe Stars at Oktober Bend

The Stars at Oktober Bend

Glenda Millard

A magnificent new novel from multi-award-winning author Glenda Millard. A story about the strength of the human spirit. Through her lyrical writing, Glenda reveals that people are always more than they seem.

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 Read reviewOne Would Think the Deep

One Would Think the Deep

Claire Zorn

CBCA Book of the Year Award Winner (Older Readers) 2017Sam stared at the picture of the boy about to be tipped off the edge of the world: the crushing weight of water about to pummel him. Sam knew that...

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 Read reviewMy Brother

My Brother

Dee Huxley, Tiffany Huxley, Oliver Huxley

When a gentle creature sets out to find a lost brother, the quest follows an ethereal journey across lands and seas to strange, beautiful and faraway places.

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 Read reviewFiggy in the World

Figgy in the World

Tamsin Janu

Figgy has two problems. One is her name. Nobody in Ghana has that name. The other is that her grandmother is ill and needs special medicine. Figgy cant do much about her name, but she can do something for Grandma Ama.

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Dragonfly Song

Dragonfly Song

Wendy Orr

There are two ways of looking at Aissa's story. She's the miracle girl who escaped the raiders. Or she's the cursed child who called the Bull King's ship to the island.

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Home in the Rain

Bob Graham

The extraordinary touches a seemingly ordinary moment of family life, in this tender, heart-warming story from the award-winning Bob Graham.

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 Read reviewBlue Sky, Yellow Kite

Blue Sky, Yellow Kite

Janet A. Holmes, Jonathan Bentley

Sometimes we want a thing so much we can't prevent ourselves from taking it. But when a girl steals her friend's beautiful yellow kite, she is swamped with turmoil. A story about desire, guilt and forgiveness.

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