However, I am sharing my choice of the ANZ LitLovers Australian Book of the Year because – although I read many excellent books in 2011 – nothing I read last year can dislodge this one from its place at the top of my list. It’s not just Book of the Year, it’s Book of the Decade, IMO, and it’s the best book I read from anywhere not just Australia.
The ANZ LitLovers Australian Book of the Year is That Deadman Dance by Kim Scott.
This book has won a swag of awards including the Miles Franklin Award (which I predicted back in January 2011 when I first read the book) ; the Victorian Premier’s Prize; the Western Australian Premier’s Prize for Fiction, the Commonwealth Writers Prize for SE Asia and the Pacific, the ALS Gold Medal and the 2011 Victorian Prize for Literature.
This magnificent book deserves international recognition. Spread the word!
Author: Kim Scott
Title: That Deadman Dance
Publisher: Picador 2010
ISBN: 9781405040433 (hardback)
Availability: That Deadman Dance ((hb) or That Deadman Dance (pb) (Fishpond) or here for eBooks). It’s sold out at the Book Depository but you can pre-order the next edition being published by Bloomsbury in 2012 here.