Posted by: Lisa Hill | April 14, 2011

2011 National Biography Award shortlist

My goodness, but it took some hunting about online to find this shortlist!

Piano LessonsI was alerted to Anna Goldsworthy’s Piano Lessons (see my review) making the shortlist because her publisher tweeted about it.  I was very pleased about this because by coincidence I had just heard Anna speak at the Lyceum Club in Melbourne and she is such a warm and engaging person, it is a delight to take pleasure in her success.

But it took some determined foraging to find the other titles.  Even when I found the NSW Library Website it took a bit of mucking about.  However once I found the page with the list of titles it was easy, and further searching led to the blogs of the literati which cover the announcement well. But clearly they forgot to tag their blog posts with 2011 National Biography Awards!

Anyway, here’s the full list:

Alan 'the Red Fox' Reid: Pressman Par Excellence Grand Obsessions: The Life and Work of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony GriffinMacquarie: From Colony to CountryMy Father's Daughter: Memories of an Australian ChildhoodPlaying with Fire: The Controversial Career of Hans J. Eysenck


  1. I congratulate you on your perseverance. (I’ve come here from the Literary Saloon blog, where M.A. Orthofer is scolding those prizes that don’t give you the titles of the competing books, although it’s longlists he’s talking about, not shortlists. The Wales Book of the Year prize is “worth prominent mention and high praise for their making publicly available (as every literary prize should !) the list of eligible books, i.e. all the titles that were considered.”)


    • Hi Deane, you know what’s really sad? No one, it seems, has any record of the shortlisted titles from the early days of the Miles Franklin…


  2. Well, that certainly looks an interesting list. How many of them will you read?


    • Hi Tom – I don’t read as much NF as I should (only 9 so far this year) and my NF TBR shelf is a bit neglected, but I’ll probably add the Macquarie one and the Burley-Griffin one to it because I’m interested in history.
      But first, I’m going to tackle a few from the TBR…


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