Prime Minister's Literary Awards shortlists 2021

 Read reviewThe Labyrinth

The Labyrinth

Amanda Lohrey

A moving tale of grief, community and the possibility of starting over, by an award-winning Australian author.     

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 Read reviewThe Bass Rock

The Bass Rock

Evie Wyld

Three women, hundreds of years apart, slip into each other's lives in a novel of darkness, violence and madness.  

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 Read reviewLucky's

Lucky’s

Andrew Pippos

An exuberant, magical Australian saga of family, love and second chances.

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A Treacherous Country

A Treacherous Country

K.M. Kruimink

Winner of The Australian/Vogel's Literary award - the prestigious literary award that has launched over a hundred authors.

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 Read reviewIn the Time of Foxes

In the Time of Foxes

Jo Lennan

With an exhilarating span of people and places, In the Time of Foxes shows the short story collection at its most entertaining and rewarding, and introduces Jo Lennan as an irresistible new storyteller.

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 Read reviewLoner

Loner

Georgina Young

A sharp and unlikely coming-of-age debut novel from Australia's Sally Rooney.     

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 Read reviewMetal Fish, Falling Snow

Metal Fish, Falling Snow

Cath Moore

A road trip with unlikely companions, a girl with a unique way of seeing the world, a great loss and a struggle of identity; Metal Fish, Falling Snow is an Own Voices YA debut that packs a punch.

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 Read reviewThe End of the World Is Bigger than Love

The End of the World Is Bigger than Love

Davina Bell

A breathtakingly original novel about love and destruction, from an award-winning Australian children's author.

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 Read reviewWhen Rain Turns to Snow

When Rain Turns to Snow

Jane Godwin

A runaway boy, a baby and a whole lot of questions...

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 Read reviewThe F Team

The F Team

Rawah Arja

Meet Tariq Nader, leader of ‘The Wolf Pack' at Punchbowl High, who has been commanded by the new principal to join a football competition with his mates in order to rehabilitate the public image of their school. When the...

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 Read reviewFly On the Wall

Fly On the Wall

Remy Lai

An overprotected boy embarks on a (forbidden) journey to prove his independence.

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 Read reviewThe Stolen Prince of Cloudburst

The Stolen Prince of Cloudburst

Jaclyn Moriarty, Kelly Canby

Long ago, the little Prince of Cloudburst was stolen from the seashore by a Water Sprite. Now, ten years later, the prince has found his way home. The King and Queen are planning the biggest party in their Kingdom's history to...

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 Read reviewThe January Stars

The January Stars

Kate Constable

When twelve-year old Clancy and her fourteen-year-old sister, Tash, visit their Pa at his aged-care facility, they have no idea that the three of them will soon set out on an intrepid adventure.

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 Read reviewThe Year the Maps Changed

The Year the Maps Changed

Danielle Binks

One extraordinary year will change them all...

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 Read reviewHow to Make a Bird

How to Make a Bird

Meg McKinlay, Matt Ottley

Extraordinary imagery and rich language spark the reader's imagination as they enter the creative world of a young girl.

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Change Machine

Change Machine

Jaya Savige

Tough and alert, Savige's shapeshifting poems reflect the world in violent transformation. Bodies scarred by history collide in the ruckus of generations, geopolitics and technology. Elegies appear alongside poems that set a pulse...

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 Read reviewTruganini: Journey Through the Apocalypse

Truganini: Journey Through the Apocalypse

Cassandra Pybus

Cassandra Pybus's ancestors told a story of an old Aboriginal woman who would wander across their farm on Bruny Island, in south-east Tasmania, in the 1850s and 1860s. As a child, Cassandra didn't know this woman was Truganini,...

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The Stranger Artist

The Stranger Artist

Quentin Sprague

Set in the striking landscape of the East Kimberley, The Stranger Artistis a true story of life, loss and friendship that cuts to the heart of one of Australia's most celebrated art movements.

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 Read reviewThe Details: On Love, Death and Reading

The Details: On Love, Death and Reading

Tegan Bennett Daylight

A long and intimate relationship with reading has taught acclaimed writer Tegan Bennett Daylight that - in life as in books - the delight is in the details. 

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Flight Lines

Flight Lines

Andrew Darby

Andrew Darby follows the extraordinary migratory shorebirds from Australia's southern ocean to the Arctic and back. On these travels he explores the power of science to reveal the mysteries of these birds, and to heal both their...

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The Altar Boys

The Altar Boys

Suzanne Smith

By six-time Walkley Award-winning investigative reporter Suzanne Smith, The Altar Boys is the powerful expose of widespread and organised clerical abuse of children in an Australian city, and how the cover-up in the Catholic...

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People of the River

People of the River

Grace Karskens

A landmark history of Australia's first successful settler farming area, which was on the Hawkesbury-Nepean River. Award-winning historian Grace Karskens uncovers the everyday lives of ordinary people in the early colony, both...

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The Convict Valley

The Convict Valley

Mark Dunn

With fascinating stories about convicts, white settlers and the Aboriginal inhabitants that have long been forgotten, The Convict Valley is a new Australian history classic.      

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Representing Australian Aboriginal Music and Dance 1930-1970

Representing Australian Aboriginal Music and Dance 1930-1970

Dr. Amanda Harris (Research Fellow, University of Sydney, Australia)

A performance-centered history of the Australian assimilation era that centralizes auditory worlds and audio-visual evidence of Aboriginal music and dance --

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