Messenger’s BookerUpdate 19/10/16 I’ve added a link to Tony’s poetry review at Messenger’s Booker. He’s hoping to review them all before the winners are announced so I’ll be adding links as they occur.
Update 18/10/16: I’ve added in the publishers, who deserve credit too.
The 2016 shortlist features both well-known authors and newcomers:
Forever Young, Steven Carroll, Harper Collins, 2015, see my review
The Life of Houses, Lisa Gorton, Giramondo, 2015, see my review
The World Repair Video Game, David Ireland AM, Island Magazine, 2015, (I wanted this, but it was a limited edition and with postage as well, too expensive for my budget)
Quicksand, Steve Toltz, Hamish Hamilton/Penguin, 2015, see my review
The Natural Way of Things, Charlotte Wood, Allen & Unwin, 2015, see combined reviews
Net Needle, Robert Adamson, Black Inc, 2015
Cocky’s Joy, Michael Farrell, Giramondo, 2015
The Hazards, Sarah Holland-Batt, UQP, 2015, see Tony’s review at Messenger’s Booker
Waiting for the Past, Les Murray AO, Black Inc, 2015
The Ladder, Simon West, Puncher & Wattmann, 2015
The Story of Australia’s People. The Rise and Fall of Ancient Australia, Geoffrey Blainey AC, Viking Penguin, 2015
Let My People Go: The untold story of Australia and the Soviet Jews 1959-89, Sam Lipski and Suzanne D Rutland, Hybrid Publishers, 2015
Red Professor: The Cold War Life of Fred Rose, Peter Monteath and Valerie Munt, Wakefield Press, 2015
Ned Kelly: A Lawless Life, Doug Morrissey, Connor Court, 2015
The War with Germany: Volume III—The Centenary History of Australia and the Great War, Robert Stevenson, Oxford University Press, 2015
Tom Roberts and the Art of Portraiture, Julie Cotter, Thames & Hudson, 2015
On Stalin’s Team: The Years of Living Dangerously in Soviet Politics, Sheila Fitzpatrick, Melbourne University Press, 2015
Thea Astley: Inventing her own Weather, Karen Lamb, UQP, 2015, see my review
Second Half First, Drusilla Modjeska, Penguin, 2015
Island Home, Tim Winton, Penguin, 2015
Adelaide’s Secret World, Elise Hurst, Allen & Unwin, 2015
Sister Heart, Sally Morgan, remantle Press, 2015
Perfect, Danny Parker and Freya Blackwood, Hardie Grant Egmont, 2015
The Greatest Gatsby: A visual book of grammar, Tohby Riddle, Penguin, 2015
Mr Huff, Anna Walker, Penguin Books, 2015
Young Adult Fiction
Becoming Kirrali Lewis, Jane Harrison, Magabala Books, 2015
Illuminae: The Illuminae Files_01, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, Allen & Unwin, 2015
A Single Stone, Meg McKinlay, Walker Books, 2015
Inbetween Days, Vikki Wakefield, Text publishing, 2015
Green Valentine, Lili Wilkinson, Allen & Unwin, 2015
Congratulations to all the authors, editors and publishers!
PS You can read the media release and visit www.arts.gov.au/pmla for more information about the shortlisted books and to see the judges’ comments.
PPS Thanks for ArtsWorks for a user friendly media release!