Posted by: Lisa Hill | May 26, 2011

2011 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards Shortlists

There’s a couple of surprises that I haven’t read  in the Fiction shortlist, but I am pleased to see that books I’ve admired are on the list, announced today.

Fiction shortlist

That Deadman Dance Glissando - A Melodrama Notorious Traitor

I haven’t read any of the NF shortlist…

Non-fiction shortlist

  • Sydney, Delia Falconer
  • How To Make Gravy, Paul Kelly
  • The Party, Richard McGregor
  • The Hard Light of Day, Rod Moss
  • Claude Levi-Strauss: The Poet in the Laboratory, Patrick Wilcken

Or anything YA…

Young adult fiction shortlist

  • Good Oil, Laura Buzo
  • Graffiti Moon, Cath Crowley
  • The Three Loves of Persimmon, Cassandra Golds
  • About a Girl, Joanne Horniman
  • The Piper’s Son, Melina Marchetta

Shake a LegBut I would like to recommend Shake a Leg as a great little book.  I’m using it next week with my Years 3 & 4 in a unit of work called ‘Food – Where Does it Come From?’, and I what I really like about Shake a Leg is the humorous way that it shows how Aboriginal people in this country have kept some traditional ways because it suits them, and have adapted to using some modern ways – also because it suits them.  It shows Aboriginal people to be innovative, adaptable people with a generous and welcoming spirit.

Children’s fiction shortlist

More information about the shortlists is available from

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