Prime Minister's Literary Awards Shortlists

 Read reviewFloundering

Floundering

Romy Ash

Tom and Jordy have been living with their gran since the day their mother, Loretta, left them on her doorstep and disappeared. Now Loretta's returned, and she wants her boys back. Tom and Jordy hit the road with Loretta in her...

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Mateship With Birds

Mateship With Birds

Carrie Tiffany

On the outskirts of an Australian country town in the 1950s, a lonely farmer trains his binoculars on a family of kookaburras that roost in a tree near his house. Harry observes the kookaburras through a year of feast, famine,...

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 Read reviewThe Chemistry Of Tears

The Chemistry Of Tears

Peter Carey

The long affair had been kept secret from their colleagues at London's Swinburne Museum and now she must grieve in private. Or almost. In an act of compassion, the head of her department gives Catherine a very particular...

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 Read reviewQuestions of Travel

Questions of Travel

Michelle De Kretser

A dazzling, compassionate and deeply moving novel from one of world literature's rising stars.

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 Read reviewLost Voices

Lost Voices

Christopher Koch

Twice winner of the Miles Franklin Award, Christopher Koch returns with a remarkable novel of gripping narrative power. Young Hugh Dixon believes he can save his father from ruin if he asks his estranged great - uncle Walter - a...

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Crimson Crop

Crimson Crop

Peter Rose

Crimson Crop is Peter Roses fifth poetry collection and his first since 2005. This volume has at its core a series of elegies, several about his late father Bob Rose (a respected Australian Rules footballer and coach), thus...

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Uncommon Soldier: Brave, compassionate and tough, the making of Australia's modern diggers

Uncommon Soldier: Brave, compassionate and tough, the making of Australia’s modern diggers

Chris Masters

This generation's most penetrating and significant investigation of the nature of the Australian soldier.

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Plein Airs and Graces: The life and times of George Collingridge

Plein Airs and Graces: The life and times of George Collingridge

Adrian Mitchell

Plein Airs and Graces examines the extraordinary life of George Collingridge de Tourcey, a landscape painter of the late nineteenth century, just ahead of the Australian impressionists. When he emigrated from France to Australia...

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The Sex Lives Of Australians: A History,

The Sex Lives Of Australians: A History,

Frank Bongiorno

Cross-dressing convicts, effeminate bushrangers and women-shortage woes - here is the first ever history of sex in Australia, from Botany Bay to the present-day. In this highly readable social history, Frank Bongiorno uses vivid...

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Sandakan: The Untold Story of the Sandakan Death Marches

Sandakan: The Untold Story of the Sandakan Death Marches

Paul Ham

The untold story of the Sandakan Death Marches of the Second World War.This is the story of the three - year ordeal of the Sandakan prisoners of war - a barely known episode of unimaginable horror. After the fall of Singapore in...

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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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Farewell, Dear People: Biographies Of Australia's Lost Generation

Farewell, Dear People: Biographies Of Australia’s Lost Generation

Ross McMullin

An analysis of the individuals making up the lost generation of WWI. They involve a range of backgrounds and experiences, all states and classes, and come from a variety of military units -- not just the infantry.

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Every Thing Left Unsaid

Every Thing Left Unsaid

Jessica Davidson

I wait for him, the cold seeping through my clothes, until it finally dawns on me that he's not coming back. And I wonder why he chose her instead of me? Why he went looking for her when I was right there. Tai and Juliet have been...

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Grace Beside Me

Grace Beside Me

Sue McPherson

Written from teenager girl Fuzzy Mac's perspective, Grace Beside Me is a quirky, warmly rendered story of home and family life in a small town. The black&write! judges remarked on the authentic feel of the Indigenous home life of...

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Fog a Dox

Fog a Dox

Bruce Pascoe

Albert Cutts is a tree feller. A fella who cuts down trees. Fog is a fox cub raised by a dingo. Hes called a dox because people are suspicious of foxes and Albert Cutts owns the dingo and now the dox. Albert is a bushman and lives...

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 Read reviewFriday Brown

Friday Brown

Vikki Wakefield

Silence, a street kid, finds Friday and she joins him in a gang led by beautiful, charismatic Arden. When Silence is involved in a crime, the gang escapes to a ghost town in the outback. In Murungal Creek, the town of never...

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Red

Red

Libby Gleeson

Red can't remember the cyclone she went through. In fact, she can't remember anything: her name, where she lived, who her family might be. What can she do to find out who she is and where she belongs?

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 Read reviewToday We Have No Plans

Today We Have No Plans

Jane Godwin, Anna Walker

A busy week, a slower day Brings time to dream and time to play. From the creators of the much-loved All Through the Year comes a journey through a week in the life of an Australian family, celebrating those precious days that...

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 Read reviewThe Beginner's Guide to Revenge

The Beginner’s Guide to Revenge

Marianne Musgrove

Shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards 2013Two friends. One book of revenge. Zero consequences? As a soldier's daughter, Romola's been to six schools in eight years, always...

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The Sunlit Zone

The Sunlit Zone

Lisa Jacobson

The Sunlit Zone is a moving elegy of love and loss, admirable for its narrative sweep and the family dynamic that drives it. A risk-taking work of rare, imaginative power.

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Jam Tree Gully: Poems

Jam Tree Gully: Poems

John Kinsella

One of the most original and poignantly authentic poets writing in English. Harold Bloom

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Liquid Nitrogen

Liquid Nitrogen

Jennifer Maiden

In the cool medium of Maiden's poetry Julia Gillard confronts her mentor Nye Bevan, Kevin Rudd shares a flight with Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Eleanor Roosevelt plays Woody Guthrie for Hillary Clinton. The poems focus on the terrorist...

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