Posted by: Lisa Hill | November 23, 2015

2015 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards Shortlist

For more information about the awards, click here.






  • John Olsen: An Artist’s Life (Darleen Bungey, HarperCollins)
  • Private Bill (Barrie Cassidy, MUP)
  • This House of Grief (Helen Garner, Text)
  • Encountering the Pacific: In the Age of Enlightenment (John Gascoigne, Cambridge University Press)
  • Wild Bleak Bohemia: Marcus Clarke, Adam Lindsay Gordon and Henry Kendall (Michael Wilding, Australian Scholarly Publishing)


Australian history

  • The Europeans in Australia: Volume Three: Nation (Alan Atkinson, NewSouth)
  • Descent into Hell (Peter Brune, A&U)
  • Charles Bean (Ross Coulthart, HarperCollins)
  • Menzies at War (Anne Henderson, NewSouth)
  • The Spy Catchers: The Official History of ASIO Vol 1 (David Horner, A&U)


Young adult fiction

  • Are You Seeing Me? (Darren Groth, Woolshed Press)
  • The Astrologer’s Daughter (Rebecca Lim, Text)
  • Tigers on the Beach (Doug MacLeod, Penguin)
  • The Minnow (Diana Sweeney, Text)
  • The Protected (Claire Zorn, UQP)


Children’s fiction

  • Two Wolves (Tristan Bancks, Random House)
  • My Dad is a Bear (Nicola Connelly, illus by Annie White, New Frontier)
  • My Two Blankets (Irena Kobald, illus by Freya Blackwood, Little Hare)
  • One Minute’s Silence (David Metzenthen, illus by Michael Camilleri, A&U)
  • Withering-by-Sea (Judith Rossell, ABC Books).


  1. Im far too late to the party for Peter Carey so this might be the prod I need

    Liked by 1 person

    • #Snap! Me too… I’ve had it on the TBR for ages…


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