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Waverley Library Award 2017 shortlist announced

The shortlists for the 2017 Waverley Library Award for Literature, known as ‘the Nib’, and the Military History Prize, have been announced.

The shortlisted titles for the Waverley Library Award for Literature are:

  • Anaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness (Kate Cole-Adams, Text)
  • Ghost Empire (Richard Fidler, HarperCollins)
  • Those Wild Rabbits: How They Shaped Australia (Bruce Munday, Wakefield Press)
  • The Phoenix Years: Art, Resistance and the Making of Modern China (Madeleine O’Dea, A&U)
  • The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art (Sebastian Smee, Text)
  • Brett Whiteley: Art, Life and the Other Thing (Ashleigh Wilson, Text)

The winner, to be announced on 23 November, will receive a cash prize of $20,000 and each of the shortlisted authors will receive the Alex Buzo Shortlist Prize of $1000.

The winner of the People’s Choice Award will receive a further $1000. Voting for the People’s Choice Award is now open on the Waverley Council website.

The shortlist for the Military History Prize, worth $3000, has also been announced. The shortlisted titles are:

  • Jewish Anzacs: Jews in the Australian Military (Mark Dapin, NewSouth)
  • The Secret Code-Breakers of Central Bureau: How Australia’s Signals-Intelligence Network Helped Win the Pacific War (David Dufty, Scribe)
  • Passchendaele: Requiem for Doomed Youth (Paul Ham, Penguin)
  • Valiant for Truth: The Life of Chester Wilmot, War Correspondent (Peter Brune & Neil McDonald, NewSouth)

The Waverley Library Award was established in 2002 to recognise the role of research in fiction and nonfiction. The Military History Prize was initiated in 2015, with the support of the Bondi Junction, North Bondi, and Rose Bay RSL sub-branches, to recognise a work that ‘illustrates the service and sacrifice of Australian service men and women, families or the broader home front, during or in relation to any threat of war’.

For more information about the award, visit the Waverley Library website here.


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