The National Biography Award shortlist 2018

The State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW) has announced this year’s shortlist for the $25,000 National Biography Award.

This Award is presented annually to a published work of biographical or autobiographical writing aiming to promote public interest in these genres.

The shortlisted titles for 2018 include:

The winner of this Award will be revealed on 6 August, 2018. You can read more about the shortlisted titles here.

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A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work

A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work

Bernadette Brennan

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Songs of a War Boy

Songs of a War Boy

Deng Thiak Adut, Ben McKelvey

The true story of Deng Adut - Sudanese child soldier, refugee, man of hope

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Paul Keating: the big-picture leader

Paul Keating: the big-picture leader

Troy Bramston

This is the definitive biography of Australia's 24th prime minister.

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The Enigmatic Mr Deakin

The Enigmatic Mr Deakin

Judith Brett

Alfred Deakin-scholar, spiritualist, prime minister-was instrumental in creating modern Australia. In the first biography of Deakin in more than half a century, the acclaimed political historian Judith Brett deftly weaves together...

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Writing for Raksmey: A Story of Cambodia

Writing for Raksmey: A Story of Cambodia

Joan Healy

Joan Healy's personal, learned, eye-witness account is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand Cambodia.  

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 Read reviewThe Boy Behind The Curtain

The Boy Behind The Curtain

Tim Winton

'Being a copper's son, I've always got one eye out for trouble. I can't help it. But I don't go looking for it anymore.'In Tim Winton's fiction, chaos shapes the lives of his characters. So too Winton's own life. The...

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 Read reviewA Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work

A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work

Bernadette Brennan

Helen Garner is one of Australia's most important and most admired writers. She is revered for her fearless honesty in the pursuit of her craft. But Garner also courts controversy, not least because she refuses to be constrained...

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