Today they announced the nominees for the National Biography Award. I’m pleased to see that although my focus here is on fiction, I’ve reviewed three of them:
- Reckoning, by Magda Szubanski, see Louise’s review at A Strong Belief in Wicker
- Comrade Ambassador: Whitlam’s Beijing Envoy, by Stephen FitzGerald, listen to an interview with the author at Radio National.
- Battarbee and Namatjira by Martin Edmond, see my review
- Thea Astley: Inventing Her Own Weather by Karen Lamb, see my review
- Mannix by Brenda Niall, see my review
This year’s winner will be announced on August 8. The winner will receive $25,000, and the nominees $1000.
Update 7/7/16 The Australian Literature Society (ALS) has awarded its Gold Medal to Brenda Niall, for Mannix. The ALS Gold Medal is awarded every year for an outstanding literary work in the preceding calendar year. Of interest is that (I think) this is the first time that the award has gone to a work of non-fiction. I say this because I don’t recognise any other NF words among previous winners, but that might just be because although I recognise (and have read) a great many of the award winners listed at Wikipedia, obviously I don’t know them all.
Update, later that day: No, I’m wrong…Geoffrey Blainey won the ALS medal in 1964 for The Rush That Never Ended, a History of Australian Mining, and Drusilla Modjeska won it in 2000 for Stravinsky’s Lunch.
Thanks to Adventures in Biography for the heads-up, follow this link to find out more about this award and the shortlist.