Posted by: Lisa Hill | April 14, 2016

2016 Kibble and Dobbie Longlists

Phew! it’s getting hard to keep up with all the awards!

This is the longlist for the Dobbie Literary Award for a first time published author ($5,000 prize)
  • Shirley Barrett: Rush Oh! Pan Macmillan Australia (see Kate’s review at Books are my Favourite and Best)
  • Anna Broinowski: The Director is the Commander, Penguin
  •  Sonja Dechian: An Astronaut’s Life, The Text Publishing Company
  • Amanda Hickie: An Ordinary Epidemic, Midnight Sun Publishing
  • Magda Szubanski: Reckoning: A Memoir, The Text Publishing Company
  • Lucy Treloar: Salt Creek, Pan Macmillan Australia (see my review)
  • Lesley and Tammy Williams: Not Just Black and White,University of Queensland Press (see my review)

And this is the longlist for the Kibble Literary Award for an established author($ 30,000 prize)

Congratulations to all the authors, editors and publishers!


  1. Astonishing to see A Guide to Berlin on the list – I couldn’t get beyond the half way mark with it

    • No, I’m not surprised. Jones is a Big Deal in the Sydney writing scene, and it would be like leaving a new novel by Tim Winton off the list. Besides, as I’ve said elsewhere, it’s a hyper-literary style of writing that some people really like.
      I think I’m going to have to get round to reading it to see what I think instead of just hovering around it!

  2. Again, thanks for the links. My, I’m surprised at how many I’ve read of the Kibble. Unheard of for me. I hope they’re the ones that make the shortlist!! Haha.

    I’ve been hearing interesting things about the Barrett in the Dobbie list, and about the Treloar. And I do want to read Gail Jones – notwithstanding your and Karen’s comments – and Modjeska’s memoir.

    • I’m pleased to see the indigenous list, there’s a few there I hadn’t heard of that I can add to my Indigenous Lit Week reading list.

      • You mean in the NSW Premier’s List? Yes. I haven’t heard of the Harkin, but have been wanting to read Ally Cobby Ackerman’s and of course Dark emu which you’ve reviewed. I tried to get my reading group to do that one – maybe the second half of the year. I’m working towards getting us to do one indigenous book a year. I’ve dropped the idea but it hasn’t been leapt on yet!

        • Yay, sign ’em all up for ILW in July!

          • That might be a step too far, but I’ll give it a go!

  3. So pleased to see Barrett on the list – I really loved Rush Oh! – one of the most original books I’ve read in years.

    • Hi Kate, Have you got a review I can link to?

      • Sorry, only just saw your request – thanks for the link to my review. As mentioned, LOVED Rush Oh!

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