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Morris-Marr’s ‘Fallen’ wins 2020 Walkley Book Award

Investigative journalist, writer and broadcaster Lucie Morris-Marr has won the 2020 Walkley Book Award for Fallen: The inside story of the secret trial and conviction of Cardinal George Pell (A&U).

The judges said, ‘This compelling analysis of the trial of George Pell stood out for the sheer quality of the writing, the momentum of the story and new insights on how power operates in Australia. Morris-Marr adeptly builds context around a complex trial that grabbed global attention with a clear dissection of the legal process, media machinations and the legacy for a besieged Catholic Church, while weaving in her personal and often harrowing experience. Her tenacity and insight has produced a brilliant and eye-opening book.’

Fallen was shortlisted alongside We Can’t Say We Didn’t Know (Sophie McNeill, ABC Books) and The Altar Boys (Suzanne Smith, ABC Books).

The Walkley Book Award recognises excellence in Australian nonfiction and long-form journalism. Last year’s winner was Leigh Sales for Any Ordinary Day (Penguin).

To see the full list of Walkley Award winners, see the website



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