Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2011 Shortlists

 Read reviewThe Amateur Science Of Love

The Amateur Science Of Love

Craig Sherborne

Colin dreams of escaping his parents' New Zealand farm for a grand stage career. He makes it to London and a disastrous audition before meeting Tilda; beautiful Tilda, older, an artist; who brings his future with her. A heady...

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 Read reviewFive Bells

Five Bells

Gail Jones

Four adults converge on Circular Quay, site of the iconic Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Crowds of tourists mix with the locals, enjoying the glorious surroundings and the play of light on water. But each of the four...

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 Read reviewMy Blood's Country: In the Footsteps of Judith Wright

My Blood’s Country: In the Footsteps of Judith Wright

Fiona Capp

Fiona Capp was 17 years old when she first met Judith Wright. Everything that followed from this encounter led her, 30 years later, on a journey through the landscapes that made Wright one of Australia's greatest poets and...

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The Life of a Teenage Body-snatcher

The Life of a Teenage Body-snatcher

Doug MacLeod

The story of a young man growing up in England in 1828. Thomas Timewell lives a rather sedate life with his mother, but all that changes when he meets a man who steals corpses from cemeteries and sells them to hospitals for...

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When Colts Ran

When Colts Ran

Roger McDonald

Dealing with friendship, toil, hope and failed promise, the author follows the story of Kingsley Colts as he chases the ghost of himself through the decades, and in and out of the lives and affections of the citizens of 'The...

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 Read reviewThat Deadman Dance

That Deadman Dance

Kim Scott

In playful, musical prose, this book explores the early contact between the Aboriginal Noongar people and the first European settlers. The novel's hero is a young Noongar man named Bobby Wabalanginy.

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Sappho ... in nine fragments

Sappho … in nine fragments

Jane Montgomery Griffiths

2700 years ago Sappho is the world's first love poet, the tenth muse of the ancient Greeks, and the inspiration for every lovelorn writer and songster since. Her tale has become a gap in time for new generations to pour their...

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This Floating World

This Floating World

Libby Hart

Libby Hart's poetry hums with the music of nature from the gossip of water, that whistle-soaked air, to the lipsound of stones. She is on a rare march through Ireland and captures it in stunning verse. Love beats from page to...

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 Read reviewThe Taste of River Water

The Taste of River Water

Cate Kennedy

Disarming, warm and always accessible, Cate Kennedy's poems make ordinary experiences glow. Everything that suffuses her well-loved prose is here: compassion, insight, lyrical precision, and the clear, minimalist eye that reveals...

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Delusions of Gender: The Real Science Behind Sex Differences

Delusions of Gender: The Real Science Behind Sex Differences

Cordelia Fine

Sex discrimination is supposedly a distant memory. This title dispels the pseudo-scientific claims about the differences between the sexes. It shows how old myths, dressed up in the scientific finery, help perpetuate the status...

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Eye For Eternity, An

Eye For Eternity, An

Mark McKenna

Manning Clark was a complex, demanding and brilliant man. Mark McKenna's compelling biography of this giant of Australia's cultural landscape is informed by his reading of Clark's extensive private letters, journals and diaries. A...

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Swallow

Swallow

Claire Potter

In Swallow, words move through space like actors crossing a bare stage. Claire Potter's debut collection of poetry offers a dramatic synergy between observation and feeling, set within the haunting shadows of the swallow's...

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Graffiti Moon

Graffiti Moon

Cath Crowley

Lucy is in love with Shadow, a mysterious graffiti artist. Ed thought he was in love with Lucy, until she broke his nose. Dylan loves Daisy, but throwing eggs at her probably wasn't the best way to show it. Jazz and Leo are slowly...

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