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Waverley Library Award 2018 longlist announced

The longlist for the 2018 Waverley Library Award for Literature, known as ‘the Nib’, has been announced.

The longlisted titles are:

  • Relatively Famous (Roger Averill, Transit Lounge)
  • The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay and Disaster (Sarah Krasnostein, Text)
  • The Dead Still Cry Out (Helen Lewis, Text)
  • Korea: Where the American Century Began (Michael Pembroke, Hardie Grant)
  • A Life Underwater (Charlie Veron, Viking)
  • Eggshell Skull (Bri Lee, A&U)
  • A Scandal in Bohemia (Gideon Haigh, Hamish Hamilton)
  • The Book of Dirt (Bram Presser, Text)
  • Call of the Reed Warbler (Charles Massy, UQP)
  • The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders (Stuart Kells, Text)
  • The Maddest Place on Earth (Jill Giese, Australian Scholarly Publishing)
  • Mirror Sydney (Vanessa Berry, Giramondo)
  • The Suitcase Baby (Tanya Bretherton, Hachette)
  • The Wasp and the Orchid (Danielle Clode, Picador)
  • Girls at the Piano (Virginia Lloyd, A&U)
  • Small Wrongs: How we really say sorry in love, life and law (Kate Rossmanith, Hardie Grant)
  • Australian Gypsies: Their secret history (Mandy Sayer, NewSouth)
  • The Enigmatic Mr Deakin (Judith Brett, Text)
  • Charlatan (Catherine Jinks, Vintage)
  • The Master Gardener (Andrew Lemon, Hardie Grant).

A shortlist will be announced on 17 September, ahead of the winners’ announcement on 22 November at an event hosted by author Richard Glover.

The winner will receive a cash prize of $20,000, while the authors of the shortlisted books will each receive the Alex Buzo Shortlist Prize of $1000.

The Waverley Library Award was established in 2002 to recognise the role of research in fiction and nonfiction.

Last year’s award was presented to Kate Cole-Adams for her book Anaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness (Text).

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



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