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Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award 2019 longlist announced

The longlist for the 2019 Mark and Evette Moran Literary Award, known as ‘the Nib’, has been announced.

The longlisted titles are:

  • An Unconventional Wife: The life of Julia Sorrell Arnold (Mary Hoban, Scribe)
  • Imperfect: How our bodies shape the people we become (Lee Kofman, Affirm)
  • Reasonable Doubt: Spies, Police and the Croatian Six (Hamish McDonald, Doosra Media)
  • A Spanner in the works: The extraordinary story of Alice Anderson and Australia’s first all-girl garage (Loretta Smith, Hachette)
  • Honeysuckle Creek: The Story of Tom Reid, a little dish and Neil Armstrong’s first step (Andrew Tink, NewSouth)
  • No Friend but the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison (Behrouz Boochani, Picador)
  • City of Trees: Essays on life, death and the need for a forest (Sophie Cunningham, Text)
  • The World was Whole (Fiona Wright, Giramondo)
  • Her Mother’s Daughter: A memoir (Nadia Wheatley, Text)
  • The Arsonist (Chloe Hooper, Hamish Hamilton)
  • Troll Hunting (Ginger Gorman, Hardie Grant)
  • What Will Be Worn: A McWhirters story (Melissa Fagan, Transit Lounge)
  • King of the Air: The turbulent life of Charles Kingsford Smith (Ann Blainey, Black Inc.)
  • Dr Space Junk vs The Universe: Archaeology and the future (Alice Gorman, NewSouth)
  • Steve Smith’s Men (Geoff Lemon, Hardie Grant)
  • Books that saved my life: Reading for wisdom, solace and pleasure (Michael McGirr, Text)
  • Exploded View (Carrie Tiffany, Text).

The shortlist will be announced on 31 August, with the winners announced on 14 November at a breakfast 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 award, established by the Waverley Library in 2002, recognises the role of research in fiction and nonfiction.

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




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