Posted by: Lisa Hill | November 25, 2014

Australian and New Zealand novels on the 2014 IMPAC longlist

There are 142 books on the IMPAC longlist but these are the Aussie and Kiwi ones, with links to the ones I’ve reviewed, and some reviewed by Kim at Reading Matters, with further links from Sue at Whispering Gums and Kevin at Kevin from Canada.    We’ve nearly got them all covered!


  1. Well done Lisa for picking up all these. In case you are interested, I’ve reviewed Barracuda (and four others, but you and Kim have got them covered!).


  2. I’ll contribute a link to my review of Barracuda: .


    • Thanks, Kevin – I saw the Orenda there on that longlist, now I really feel guilty about it languishing there on my TBR.
      Are there others from Canada?


      • Just answering my own question: here they are

        •MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood
        •The Strangers’ Gallery by Paul Bowdring
        •The Orenda by Joseph Boyden (on my TBR)
        •The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (Canada? NZ? LOL)
        •Three Souls by Janie Chang
        •For Sure by France Daigle
        •Under Budapest by Ailsa Kay
        •Anatomy of a Girl Gang by Ashley Little
        •The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud
        •A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (on my TBR)
        •Love Letters of the Angels of Death by Jennifer Quist


        • I think Claire Messud is American Lisa … I’ve read one of her novels, though not this one.

          And, LOL, I think it’s a stretch to call Catton Canadian! But, you know, we Aussies like to grab anyone we can so why not the Canadians too! In the end the important thing is the work isn’t it!


          • LOL I got the info from a Canadian website so *smile* perhaps they are harvesting authors from the globe!


            • Oh maybe they are. The novel I read was set in the USA and Wikipedia said she was born in the US. But it also says she grew up in the US, Canada and Australia! We can claim her too! Seriously though it says her mother was Canadian and her father French Algerian.


  3. Thanks for all these links, Lisa. I’ve also reviewed Barracuda but I know you’re not a fin, oops I mean fan. 😉


    • Ha ha! I didn’t realise you’d read the Tsolkias, I’ll go hunt for the link on your blog now!


  4. I’ve actually read 4 of them and loved 3. :-) The Narrow Road to the Deep North, The Rosie Project, Burial Rites and The Luminaries. I’d say Narrow Road and Luminaries are both sooo excellent but I’d hate to see any one book/author win all the awards. We’ll see. (How can Narrow Road be up against The Luminaries when they won the Booker in different years?)


    • Hi Becky
      I think there are Booker winners from different years because the nominations come from libraries and they’re not limited by a year of publication time-frame.
      But I’m happy to be corrected if I’m wrong.


  5. Wonderful list, Lisa! Richard Flanagan, Hannah Kent, Tim Winton, Eleanor Catton – it is so wonderful to see them all on that list! I didn’t know that the author of ‘The Rosie Project’, Graeme Simsion was Australian. I love the title of Melissa Lucashenko’s book – ‘Mullumbimby’ – a very Australian title. Looking forward to finding out which books make it into the shortlist. I can’t believe that the IMPAC committee put 142 books on the longlist. But the great thing about that is we get introduced to many wonderful literary works.


    • Hi Vishy, it’s an interesting list, isn’t it?
      Are there some from India included?


  6. !42 novels – That is quite a long longlist.


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