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Shortlist announced for National Biography Award 2018

The State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW) has announced the shortlist for the 2018 National Biography Award, worth $25,000.

The shortlisted works are:

  • Songs of a War Boy (Deng Thiak Adut with Ben Mckelvey, Hachette)
  • Paul Keating: The Big-Picture Leader (Troy Bramston, Scribe)
  • A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work (Bernadette Brennan, Text)
  • The Enigmatic Mr Deakin (Judith Brett, Text)
  • Writing for Raksmey: A Story of Cambodia (Joan Healy, Monash University Publishing)
  • The Boy Behind the Curtain (Tim Winton, Penguin).

The shortlist was chosen from 81 entries. The winner, who will receive $25,000, will be announced on Monday, 6 August. Each shortlisted author will receive $1000.

Senior judge Richard White said the six shortlisted books demonstrate that ‘Australia’s long tradition of evocative memoir and illuminating biography is alive and well’.

For more information about the award, and to read the judges’ comments on each shortlisted book, visit the SLNSW website.



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