2014 Stella Prize longlist announced

The 2014 Stella Prize longlist has been announced today. Congratulations to all the authors and their publishers. On the list: Letter to George Clooney by Debra Adelaide Moving Among Strangers by Gabrielle Carey Burial Rites by Hannah Kent Night Games by Anna Krien Mullumbimby by Melissa Lucashenko The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane Boy, Lost by Kristina Olsson The Misogyny Factor by Anne Summers Madeleine by ...

As the River Runs by Stephen Scourfield

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If you are not already a little bit in love with the landscape and people of the Kimberley region of north-west Australia,chances are you will be after reading Stephen Sourfield’s As the River Runs. Scourfield is travel editor of The West Australia newspaper and has visited the Kimberley region over 100 times. Needless to say, he ...

Sustenance by Simone Lazaroo

Courtesy UWAP Set at a quiet resort in Bali, Sustenance looks at the use of food as a means of both spiritual and physical comfort when all hope is gone. A warning; hotel chef Perpetua de Mello will have you drooling over the pages so try not to ruin your book, especially if it’s from the library! On a different level, Sustenance tackles ...

The Merry-Go-Round in the Sea by Randolph Stow

Courtesy Penguin This coming-of-age novel set against the harsh backdrop of the Western Australian landscape has become a modern classic for Randolph Stow. When Stow passed away at the age of 74 in England on 29 May 2010, he had spent more than 40 years out of the country, but West Australian’s still mourned the loss of one of their own. Stow was the ...

The Woman in Black by Madeleine St John

Courtesy Text Publishing The Women in Black by Madeleine St John has been called a ‘neglected Australian classic’ that all Aussies should have read but probably haven’t. First published in Great Britain in 1993, it was re-released in 2009 by Text Publishing, Melbourne and was the first of four novels that St John wrote before passing away in England in 2006. The ...

The Children’s Writer by Gary Crew

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Courtesy Forth Estate Famous Australian writer Gary Crew takes a tongue-in-cheek poke at his profession in his entertaining and ironic novel The Children's Writer. Crew is the award-winning author of a prolific number of children’s books and books for young adults - deeming him more than eligible to give us an insider’s look at the world of writing in all its guts and ...

Lovesong by Alex Miller

Courtesy Allen & Unwin Deservedly shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards 2010, Lovesong by Alex Miller is a beautiful book celebrating the complexities of love. Miller wrote the book in two years for no other reason than his own pleasure and describes the final result as being more complicated that he first set out for it to be. There are stories ...

The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas

The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas has been reported as one of the most divisive and confronting Booker-longlisted novels in recent years. While it has already won a host of awards and received critical acclaim, this controversial and thought-provoking novel that places a magnifying glass over multicultural Australian society has made readers sweat their way through many uncomfortable scenes with mixed ...

Remember Me by Liz Byrski

Courtesy Fremantle Press For anyone who has ever been in love then had their heart broken, Australian author Liz Byrski’s memoir of love found and love lost will strike a chord. Remember Me At the age of 17, reknown author Liz Byrski (then Liz Beard) is living at home in Sussex and working in London when she meets and falls instantly in ...

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

This award-winning coming-of-age novel was written by Australian Craig Silvey out of his passion for the southern gothic fiction of Twain, Lee and Capote. In an interview with his publisher Allen & Unwin, Silvey summarises his novel as “coming-of-age, regional mystery novel, stuffed inside a nervous little love story, garnished with family drama and adolescent escapism ...

Dog Boy by Eva Hornung

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Courtesy Text Publishing Dog Boy by Eva Hornung was the winner of the 2010 Prime Minister’s Literary Award in the fiction category, and deservedly so. This extraordinary tale is about a four-year-old boy named Romochka who is abandoned by his uncle in the midst of a freezing Moscow winter and is left to fend for himself on the streets. He joins a ...