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Bishop wins 2016 Ashurst Business Literature Prize

Catherine Bishop has won the 2016 Ashurst Business Literature Prize for her book Minding Her Own Business: Colonial Businesswomen in Sydney (NewSouth).

Bishop was presented with the $30,000 prize at an event in March. Her book was selected from a shortlist of four, which also included Hector (Rozzi Bazzani, Australian Scholarly Publishing), Trillion Dollar Baby: How Norway Beat the Oil Giants and Won a Lasting Fortune (Paul Cleary, Black Inc.) and Prince of Darkness: The Untold Story of Jeremiah G Hamilton, Wall Street’s First Black Millionaire (Shane White, St Martin’s Press).

Judge chair Richard Fisher said Minding Her Own Business is ‘a lively, fact-filled, refreshing rendering of women and their role in business in the early days of colonial Sydney’. ‘It certainly shatters any belief that the place of 19th century women was in the home,’ said Fisher.

The Ashurst Business Literature Prize aims to encourage literary commentary on Australian business and financial affairs, and is administered by the State Library of NSW and the law firm Ashurst. The prize was previously called the Blake Dawson Business Literature Prize, but was renamed in 2012 as a result of the rebranding and amalgamation of Blake Dawson with Ashurst law firm.

For more information about the prize, visit the State Library of NSW website here.

 

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