PM’s Literary Awards 2014 winners announced
The winners of 2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards were announced on 8 December at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne.
The winners in each category are:
Fiction (joint winners)
- A World of Other People (Steven Carroll, Fourth Estate)
- The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Richard Flanagan, Vintage)
Nonfiction (joint winners)
- Moving among Strangers (Gabrielle Carey, UQP)
- Madeleine: A Life of Madeleine St John (Helen Trinca, Text)
Australian history (joint winners)
- Broken Nation: Australians in the Great War (Joan Beaumont, A&U)
- Australia’s Secret War: How Unionists Sabotaged Our Troops in World War II (Hal G P Colebatch, Quadrant Books)
- Drag Down to Unlock or Place an Emergency Call (Melinda Smith, Pitt Street Poetry)
Young adult fiction
- The Incredible Here and Now (Felicity Castagna, Giramondo)
- Silver Buttons (Bob Graham, Walker Books).
The winners each receive $80,000 tax-free, which is halved in the instance of joint winners. The shortlisted authors each receive $5000 tax-free.
The Australian reports that the Prime Minister ‘intervened’ in the fiction award, selecting Flanagan’s novel as a joint winner after the fiction judges unanimously recommended Carroll’s novel.
Several authors announced plans to donate their prize-winnings, with Flanagan donating $40,000 to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and Bob Graham donating $10,000 to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott also announced the government’s plans to establish a new Book Council of Australia.
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