Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2010 Shortlists

The Bath Fugues

The Bath Fugues

Brian Castro

A meditation on melancholy and art, in the form of three interwoven novellas, centred respectively on an ageing art forger; a Portuguese poet, opium addict and art collector; and a doctor, who has built an art gallery in tropical...

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Truth

Truth

Peter Temple

Inspector Stephen Villani stands in the bathroom of a luxury apartment high above the city. In the glass bath, a young woman lies dead, a panic button within reach. Villani's life is his work. But now, over a few summer days, as...

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 Read reviewJasper Jones

Jasper Jones

Craig Silvey

Charlie Bucktin is startled by an urgent knock on the window of his sleep-out. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in the mining town of Corrigan. Jasper takes Charlie to his secret glade in the bush, and it's here that...

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Captain Cook Was Here

Captain Cook Was Here

Maria Nugent (National Museum of Australia, Canberra)

This book tells the story of the first landing of Captain Cook and The Endeavour on the east coast of Australia in 1770, bringing together for the first time all the known surviving objects and artefacts, as well as much of the...

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 Read reviewOtherland: A Journey with My Daughter

Otherland: A Journey with My Daughter

Maria Tumarkin

Maria Tumarkin travels with her Australian-born teenage daughter, Billie, back to Russia and Ukraine to have her experience first-hand the seismic shifts of her family's native country. For Maria the trip back is no simple stroll...

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Swerve

Swerve

Phillip Gwynne

Sixteen-year-old Hugh Twycross has a bright future, mapped out by his parents, his teachers - everybody, it seems, except Hugh Twycross. Hugh has a secret, though: he loves cars and he loves car racing. When his grandfather asks...

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Hey Mum, What's a Half-Caste?

Hey Mum, What’s a Half-Caste?

Lorraine McGee-Sippel

Lorraine McGee-Sippel was just a small girl when she asked her parents what a half-caste was. It was the 1950s and the first step on a journey that would span decades and lead her to search for her birth family.

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Ten Hail Marys: a memoir

Ten Hail Marys: a memoir

Kate Howarth

Follows the first 17 years of Kate Howarth's life. Raised by Indigenous relatives, she is abandoned by her mother and grandmother. At the age of 15, she becomes pregnant and is sent to St Margaret's Home where she resists intense...

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Rethinking Antisemitism in Nineteenth-Century France

Rethinking Antisemitism in Nineteenth-Century France

Julie Kalman (University of New South Wales, Sydney)

Rethinking Antisemitism in Nineteenth-Century France is a history of the stories the French told about Jews during the early nineteenth century. Julie Kalman focuses on this previously unexplored period, to show the centrality of...

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Becoming African Americans: Black Public Life in Harlem, 1919-1939

Becoming African Americans: Black Public Life in Harlem, 1919-1939

Clare Corbould

It was in the tumultuous period between the two world wars that black Americans first began to embrace a modern African American identity. Throwing off the legacy of slavery and segregation, black intellectuals, activists, and...

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