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Walkley Book Award 2012 longlist announced

The longlist for the 2012 Walkley Book Award has been announced.

The longlisted titles are:

  • Broadcast Wars: The Money, the Ego, the Power Behind Your Remote Control (Michael Bodey, Hachette)
  • Mine-Field: The Dark Side of Australia’s Resource Rush (Paul Cleary, Black Inc.)
  • The People Smuggler: The True Story of Ali Al Jenabi, the ‘Oskar Schindler of Asia’ (Robin de Crespigny, Viking)
  • Sins of the Father: The Untold Story Behind Schapelle Corby’s Ill-Fated Drug Run (Eamonn Duff, A&U)
  • Hiroshima Nagasaki (Paul Ham, HarperCollins)
  • Children of the Occupation: Japan’s Untold Story (Walter Hamilton, NewSouth)
  • A Tragedy in Two Acts: Marcus Einfeld & Teresa Brennan (Fiona Harari, Victory)
  • The Sweet Spot: How Australia Made its Own Luck – And Could Now Throw it all Away (Peter Hartcher, Black Inc.)
  • The Australian Moment: How We Were Made for These Times (George Megalogenis, Viking).


This year’s judges also commended The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe by John Maynard (Magabala). Anna Krien’s Quarterly Essay 45: Us and Them: On the Importance of Animals (Black Inc.) has been nominated for the Walkley Award for magazine feature writing.

The shortlist for this year’s award will be announced on 8 November. The winner will be announced at the Walkley Awards Gala Ceremony in Canberra on 30 November.

The Walkley Book Award recognises excellence in Australian nonfiction literature and long-form journalism. The longlist was announced along with all the finalists for the 2012 Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism. A complete list of the finalists in all categories can be found here.



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