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Four writers named 2017 ‘SMH’ Best Young Australian Novelists

Jennifer Down, Rajith Savanadasa, Julie Koh and Josephine Rowe have been named Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelists for 2017.

The awards, which recognise emerging writing talent, are open to writers aged 35 years or younger when their books are first published.

This year’s awards were judged by SMH arts and books writer Linda Morris, author Michelle de Kretser and deputy director of the University of Western Sydney’s Writing and Society Research Centre Matt McGuire.

Writing in the SMH, Morris said ‘there runs a common thread of home, be its construction as a place of retreat and safety or as a source of trauma, oppression or persecution’, in the work of the four authors. Read more about their work here.

Photo credit: Linda Morris


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