Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards Shortlisted Books 2012

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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Her Father's Daughter

Her Father’s Daughter

Alice Pung

At twenty-something, Alice is hungry for the milestones of young womanhood: leaving home, choosing a career, finding friendship and love on her own terms. But with each step she takes away from home, she feels the sharp tug of...

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The Shiny Guys

The Shiny Guys

Doug MacLeod

Colin's family has not been the same since his sister Briony disappeared at Pichi Richi Pass, so no one is too surprised when Colin attempts to kill himself and ends up in Ward 44. Dr Parkinson runs a tight ship and it's all meant...

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 Read reviewAll That I Am

All That I Am

Anna Funder

An award-winning author delivers an affecting and beautifully evocative debut novel, set in 1930's Europe and based on a true story, about a group of young German exiles who risk their lives to awaken the world to the terrifying...

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Vishvarupa

Vishvarupa

Michelle Cahill

Michelle Cahill's poems are astonishingly rich and new, their feet so deeply planted in timeless myth. This book is a truly profound example of the power of poetry to absorb and transcend our merely secular selves, filling the...

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 Read reviewThe Cook

The Cook

Wayne Macauley

The Cook feeds our hunger to know what goes on in the kitchen, while skewering our culture of food worship.

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Cold Light

Cold Light

Frank Moorhouse

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Southern Barbarians

Southern Barbarians

John Mateer

The Portuguese traders who brought Europe to Japan in the sixteenth century were known as southern barbarians. In his new collection John Mateer offers a contemporary re-charting of the Portuguese Empire. This empire is a fugitive...

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 Read reviewThe Shadow Girl

The Shadow Girl

John Larkin

The shadow girl never imagined she'd live on the streets. After her parents disappear, life with her aunt & uncle takes a sinister turn. She tricks her way into a new school & pretends to have a loving family. No one knows she...

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1835: The Founding of Melbourne & the Conquest of Australia

1835: The Founding of Melbourne & the Conquest of Australia

James Boyce

In 1835 an illegal squatter camp was established on the banks of the Yarra River. In defiance of authorities in London and Sydney, Tasmanian speculators began sending men and sheep across Bass Strait - and so changed the shape of...

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Adelaide

Adelaide

Kerryn Goldsworthy

Consisting of a painting, a frog cake, a landmark, a statue, a haunting newspaper photograph, a bucket of peaches, pink shorts in parliament, concert tickets, and tourist maps, this book is a personal guide to the city of Adelaide...

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Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines made Australia

Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines made Australia

Bill Gammage

Explodes the myth that pre-settlement Australia was an untamed wilderness, revealing the complex, country-wide systems of land management used by Aboriginal people.

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 Read reviewA History of Books

A History of Books

Gerald Murnane

This new work by Gerald Murnane is a fictionalised autobiography told in thirty sections, each of which begins with the memory of a book that has left an image on the writer's mind. The titles aren't given but the reader follows...

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Her Father's Daughter

Her Father’s Daughter

Alice Pung, Dana Miltins

At twenty - something, Alice is hungry for the milestones of young womanhood: leaving home, choosing a career, finding friendship and love on her own terms. But with each step she takes away from home, she feels the sharp tug of...

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