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Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2016 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2016 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards have been announced.

The shortlisted titles in each category are:


  • Forever Young (Steven Carroll, HarperCollins)
  • The Life of Houses (Lisa Gorton, Giramondo)
  • The World Repair Video Game (David Ireland, Island Magazine)
  • Quicksand (Steve Toltz, Penguin)
  • The Natural Way of Things (Charlotte Wood, A&U)


  • Tom Roberts and the Art of Portraiture (Julie Cotter, Thames & Hudson)
  • On Stalin’s Team: The Years of Living Dangerously in Soviet Politics (Sheila Fitzpatrick, MUP)
  • Thea Astley: Inventing Her Own Weather (Karen Lamb, UQP)
  • Second Half First (Drusilla Modjeska, Vintage)
  • Island Home (Tim Winton, Hamish Hamilton)


  • Net Needle (Robert Adamson, Black Inc.)
  • Cocky’s Joy (Michael Farrell, Giramondo)
  • The Hazards (Sarah Holland-Batt, UQP)
  • Waiting for the Past (Les Murray, Black Inc.)
  • The Ladder (Simon West, Puncher & Wattmann)

Australian history

  • The Story of Australia’s People: The Rise and Fall of Ancient Australia (Geoffrey Blainey, Penguin)
  • Let My People Go: The Untold Story of Australia and the Soviet Jews 1959-89 (Sam Lipski & Suzanne D Rutland, Hybrid)
  • Red Professor: The Cold War Life of Fred Rose (Peter Monteath & Valerie Munt, Wakefield Press)
  • Ned Kelly: A Lawless Life (Doug Morrissey, Connor Court)
  • The War with Germany: Volume III—The Centenary History of Australia and the Great War (Robert Stevenson, OUP)

Young adult fiction

  • Becoming Kirrali Lewis (Jane Harrison, Magabala Books)
  • Illuminae (Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff, A&U)
  • A Single Stone (Meg McKinlay, Walker Books)
  • In Between Days (Vikki Wakefield, Text)
  • Green Valentine (Lili Wilkinson, A&U)

Children’s fiction

  • Adelaide’s Secret World (Elise Hurst, A&U)
  • Sister Heart (Sally Morgan, Fremantle Press)
  • Perfect (Danny Parker & Freya Blackwood, Hardie Grant Egmont)
  • The Greatest Gatsby: A Visual Book of Grammar (Tohby Riddle, Viking)
  • Mr Huff (Anna Walker, Viking).

Judging panels selected the shortlisted titles from 425 entries. The winners in each category receive $80,000 and the shortlisted writers receive $5000. All prizes are tax-free.

No date has been set for the presentation of the awards. For more information, click here.


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