Posted by: Lisa Hill | January 11, 2016

2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards

I’m not quite sure how I came to overlook the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards shortlist announcement last December, but better late than never!

BTW I do like the way the shortlist announcement also includes acknowledgement of Highly Commended titles.


  • Fever of Animals by Miles Allinson (Scribe Publications) – Brunswick, Vic, see my review
  • The Other Side of the World by Stephanie Bishop (Hachette) – Springwood, NSW, see my review
  • Clade by James Bradley (Penguin) – Darlington, NSW
  • Forever Young by Steven Carroll (HarperCollins) – Brunswick East, Vic, see my review
  • The World Without Us by Mireille Juchau (Bloomsbury) – Earlwood, NSW
  • The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood (Allen & Unwin) – Marrickville, NSW on my TBR

Highly commended:

  • Six Bedrooms by Tegan Bennett Daylight (Random House Australia)
  • The Mothers by Rod Jones (Text Publishing) see my review, and
  • Black Rock White City by A.S. Patrić (Transit Lounge Publishing) see my review


  • Modern Love: The Lives of John and Sunday Reed by Lesley Harding and Kendrah Morgan (MUP) – North Fitzroy, Vic, and Fitzroy, Vic
  • Thea Astley: Inventing Her Own Weather by Karen Lamb (UQP) – Dulwich Hill, NSW, see my review
  • Australia’s Second Chance by George Megalogenis (Penguin) – North Caulfield, Vic
  • Second Half First by Drusilla Modjeska (Knopf) – Birchgrove, NSW
  • Something for the Pain by Gerald Murnane (Text Publishing) – Goroke, Vic, on my TBR
  • Mannix by Brenda Niall (Text Publishing) – Deepdene, Vic, see my review

Highly commended:
Good Muslim Boy by Osamah Sami (Hardie Grant Books) and
Small Acts of Disappearance by Fiona Wright (Giramondo Publishing)


  • Mortido by Angela Betzien (Currency Press) – St Peters, NSW
  • Broken by Mary Anne Butler (Currency Press) – Rapid Creek, NT
  • SHIT by Patricia Cornelius (Melbourne Theatre Company) – Thornbury, Vic

Highly commended: I am a Miracle by Declan Greene


  • The Guardians by Lucy Dougan (Giramondo Publishing) – East Victoria Park, Vic
  • Crankhandle by Alan Loney (Cordite) – Malvern East, Vic
  • The Subject of Feeling by Peter Rose (UWA Publishing) – Melbourne, Vic

Highly commended: Happiness by Martin Harrison (UWA Publishing)


  • Sister Heart by Sally Morgan (Fremantle Press) – Bicton, WA
  • A Single Stone by Meg McKinlay (Walker Books Australia) – Hamilton Hill, WA
  • Welcome to Orphancorp by Marlee Jane Ward (Xoum Publishing) – Brunswick West, Vic

Highly commended:

  • Illuminae by Aimee Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin) and
  • Becoming Kirrali Lewis by Jane Harrison (Magabala Books)

The winners will be announced on January 28th 2016.


  1. Not. Read. One. Can’t believe that I love Aussie lit so much and I have not read one of these!


    • Oh, it’s impossible to keep up. So many new books every year, and some of the best ones get very little publicity so we don’t even know about them.


      • I’m trying to read from my shelves as much as possible (which usually accounts for about 50% of my reading) so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. I see such good books out there and I will never be able to read everything I want to read. Sometimes I find that frustrating. Anyway, onwards and upwards…

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        • Yes, and you know, it’s not such a bad problem to have!


          • I’m always surprised when I hear friends say they don’t know what to read next – that never happens to me ☺


            • No, nor me. I think we’re the lucky ones:)


  2. Read. One! And I’m with you two. I’m never at a loss for what to read next. I too find that quandary completely mystifying.


    • Which one? Can I have the link?


      • Oh, the same one you’ve read – the Astley – so nothing exciting to add to your list I’m afraid!


        • That’s a great book. Up against Mannix which makes it hard…


          • Haven’t read Mannix, but totally agree re Astley …. A wonderful contribution to our understanding of her and Australian literature.


            • It would be nice… but I haven’t read the others so it’s really not fair for me to barrack…


              • No, unfortunately … But we can be happy if something we’ve read and liked wins.


                • True, but it’s why I’m uneasy about People’s Choice awards…


                • Absolutely. You just have to take them with a grain of salt and hope that both winners and losers know that too.


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