Posted by: Lisa Hill | July 12, 2016

2016 WA Premier’s Book Awards shortlists

THE WA Premier’s Book Awards have been announced.  You can see the categories and prize money at the State Library of WA website:


Allinson, Miles Fever of Animals Scribe Publications (2015), see my review
Bradley, James Clade Penguin Books (2015)
Harrower, Elizabeth In Certain Circles Text Publishing (2014), see my review and a Sensational Snippet
Harrower, Elizabeth A Few Days in the Country and Other Stories Text Publishing (2015)
Jones, Gail A Guide to Berlin Vintage Books (2015), see Combined Reviews
Kinsella, John Crow’s Breath Transit Lounge (2015)
London, Joan The Golden Age Vintage Books (2014), see my review and a Sensational Snippet
Midalia, Susan Feet to the Stars and Other Stories UWA Publishing (2015)
Ryan, Tracy Claustrophobia Transit Lounge (2014), see my review


Atkinson, Alan The Europeans in Australia: Volume 3 – Nation UNSW Press (2014)
Bungey, Darleen John Olsen: An Artist’s Life ABC Books, an imprint of HarperCollins (2014)
Garner, Helen This House of Grief Text Publishing (2014)
Niall, Brenda Mannix Text Publishing (2015), see my review
Sayer, Mandy The Poet’s Wife Allen and Unwin (2014)
Starke, Ruth and Hannaford, Robert My Gallipoli Working Title Press (2015)
Ward, Biff In My Mother’s Hands Allen and Unwin (2014)


Dougan, Lucy The Guardians Giramondo (2015), see Tony’s review at Messenger’s Booker
Holland-Batt, Sarah The Hazards University of Queensland Press (2015), see Tony’s review at Messenger’s Booker
Kissane, Andy Radiance Puncher & Wattmann (2014), see Tony’s review at Messenger’s Booker
Maiden, Jennifer The Fox Petition Giramondo (2015), see Tony’s review at Messenger’s Booker
Malouf, David Earth Hour University of Queensland Press (2014), see Tony’s review at Messenger’s Booker

WA History

Bolton, Geoffrey Paul Hasluck: A life UWA Publishing (2014)
Erickson, Dorothy Inspired by Light & Land: designers and makers in WA Western Australian Museum (2015)
Morgan, Ruth A. Running Out? Water in Western Australia UWA Publishing (2015)
Newstead, Adrian The Dealer is the Devil: an insider’s history of the Aboriginal Art trade Brandl & Schlesinger (2014)
Taylor, John J. Between Duty and Design: the architect soldier UWA Publishing (2014)

Young Adults

Croggon, Alison The River and the Book Walker Books (2015)
Groth, Darren Are You Seeing Me? Random House (2014)
Hayes, Nicole One True Thing Random House (2015)
Lawson, Sue Freedom Ride Black Dog Books, an imprint of Walker Books (2015)
Lomer, Kathryn Talk Under Water University of Queensland Press (2015)
Zorn, Claire The Protected University of Queensland Press (2014)

WA Emerging Writers

Davis, Brooke Lost and Found Hachette Australia (2014), see Karenlee Thompson’s review
Glickman, Ray Reality Fremantle Press (2014)
Maling, Caitlin Conversations I’ve never had Fremantle Press (2015)
Shah, Sami I, Migrant Allen and Unwin (2014)


Decent, Campion Unholy Ghosts Australian Script Centre (2014)
Lui, Nakkiah Kill the Messenger Belvoir (2015)
Miller, Suzie Dust Stage Play Black Swan Theatre Company (2014)
Murray-Smith, Joanna The Divorce Currency Press (2015)
Philpot, Lachlan The Trouble with Harry Oberon Books (2014)
Sewell, Stephen Embedded The Yellow Agency (2015)

Digital Narrative

Breeze, Mez A [[Non]] Guardian Age
Crisp, Ben Stasis: 7-118
Dena, Christy Magister Ludi
Powell, Dimity The Chapel of Unlove
Reiter, David P. Timelord Dreaming

Children’s Books

Balla, Trace Rivertime Allen and Unwin (2014)
Barnard, Simon A-Z of convicts in Van Dieman’s Land Text Publishing (2014)
Caisley, Raewyn and Blair, Karen Hello From Nowhere Viking (2014)
Graham, Bob How the sun got to Coco’s house Walker Books (2015)
Kwaymullina, Ezekiel and Morgan, Sally We all sleep Fremantle Press (2015)
Lester, Alison and Honey, Elizabeth Our Island Viking (2014)
McKinlay, Meg A single stone Walker Books (2015)
Metzenthen, David and Camilleri, Michael One minute’s silence Allen and Unwin (2014)
Millard, Glenda The Duck and the Darklings Allen and Unwin (2014)
Pignataro, Anna Being Agatha The Five Mile Press (2015)

PS Things are a little busy on the domestic front chez moi, so readers, if you have reviewed any of these books, please add the URL in comments below and I’ll add them.


  1. The only one from the fiction list I’ve read is Gail Jones – and I couldnt finish it….


  2. Yes, it’s a book that polarises readers…can I ask, how did you come across it? I’m interested in how the publicity machine works overseas for some writers and not others…


  3. Really interesting list. Thanks for posting Lisa.

    Loved seeing Ruth Starke there under ‘non-fiction’.

    But, I’m intrigued by the digital texts. Must find out more about this AND make the time to read Sue Lawson’s ‘Freedom ride’.


    • Yes, me too, I think this is the first time I’ve seen this type of award…


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