Meet the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction shortlist 2016

We’ve announced the shortlist for the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction 2016. Here, we introduce the six shortlisted authors.

Find more information about this year’s shortlisted books (including the judges' report) here.


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Julie Koh

Julie Koh was born in Sydney to Chinese-Malaysian parents. She studied politics and law at the University of Sydney, then quit a career in corporate law to pursue writing. Portable Curiosities is her debut story collection.

You can read an extract from Portable Curiosities here.

You can read our review of Portable Curiosities here.

Photograph by Hugh Stewart


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Fiona McFarlane

Fiona McFarlane was born in Sydney, and has degrees in English from Sydney University and Cambridge University, and an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a Michener Fellow. She lives in Sydney. The High Places is her second book.

You can read an extract from The High Places here.

You can read our review of The High Places here.

Photograph by Andy Barclay


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Zoë Morrison

Zoë Morrison was born in Oberon, NSW, and grew up in Adelaide. She has an Arts degree from Adelaide University, an AMusA and LMusA in piano, and a DPhil from Oxford University where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Music and Freedom is her debut novel.

You can read an extract from Music and Freedom here.

You can read our review of Music and Freedom here.

Photograph by Nicholas Purcell Studio


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Sean Rabin

Born in Hobart, Tasmania, Sean Rabin has worked as a dishwasher, cook, script reader, copy-editor and journalist. He has lived in Ireland, Italy, London and New York, and now resides in Sydney, Australia. Wood Green is his debut novel.

You can read an extract from Wood Green here.

You can read our review of Wood Green here.

Photograph by Caroline Constantine


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Rajith Savanadasa

Rajith Savanadasa was born in Sri Lanka and now lives in Melbourne. He turned to creative writing in the final year of an engineering degree, which he followed up with the Professional Writing and Editing course at RMIT University. Rajith is also the founder and primary contributor to Open City Stories. Ruins is his debut novel.

You can read an extract from Ruins here.

You can read our review of Ruins here.

Photograph by Craig Peihopa


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Lucy Treloar

Lucy Treloar was born in Malaysia and educated in Melbourne, England and Sweden. A graduate of the University of Melbourne and RMIT’s Professional Writing and Editing program, Lucy is a writer, editor, mentor and creative writing teacher and has plied her trades both in Australia and in Cambodia, where she lived for several years. Salt Creek is her debut novel.

You can read an extract from Salt Creek here.

You can read our review of Salt Creek here.

Photograph by Nicholas Purcell Studio


You can read more about the Prize here.

You can buy a specially-priced pack of all six shortlisted books here for $139.95 (was $170.86).

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Wood Green

Wood Green

Sean Rabin

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 Read reviewSalt Creek

Salt Creek

Lucy Treloar

SHORTLISTED FOR THE MILES FRANKLIN AWARD 2016 A stunning debut novel from the winner of the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize (Pacific Region) and the 2013 Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award.

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 Read reviewPortable Curiosities

Portable Curiosities

Julie Koh

A young girl sees ghosts from her third eye, located where her belly button should be. A one-dimensional yellow man steps out of a cinema screen, hoping to lead a three-dimensional life. A journalist goes on assignment to report...

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 Read reviewThe High Places

The High Places

Fiona McFarlane

These wide-ranging stories resonate in the way of only the finest writing and the most pleasurable reading. There are storylines that seem straightforward on the surface but have a dozen things circling underneath, others that sit...

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Music and Freedom

Music and Freedom

Zoë Morrison

A gripping and beautifully written novel in the tradition of Elizabeth is Missing and the work of Elizabeth Harrower. The winner of the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction 2016.

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 Read reviewRuins

Ruins

Rajith Savanadasa

In the bustling streets, overcrowded hospitals and glittering nightclubs of Colombo, five family members find their bonds stretched to breaking point in the aftermath of the Sri Lankan civil war.

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 Read reviewWood Green

Wood Green

Sean Rabin

Michael, an aspiring writer who has recently finished his PhD, takes a job as the secretary to his literary hero, Lucian Clarke, a reclusive novelist with a mysterious cosmopolitan past, who lives in a cottage in a village on a...

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