Posted by: Lisa Hill | March 19, 2018

2018 ALS Gold Medal longlist

This is a busy day for awards nominations!

Thanks again to Tony from Messenger’s Booker, here is the longlist for the 2018 ALS Gold Medal, and I am very pleased to see that I have read nearly all of them.  Until I can get the links done, please use the search box to find my reviews:

The Last Days of Jeanne d’Arc, by Ali Alizadeh (Giramondo), see my review

Common People, by Tony Birch (Penguin) see my review

A Long Way from Home, by Peter Carey (Penguin), see my review

The Life to Come, by Michelle de Kretser (Allen & Unwin), see my review

The Agonist by Shastra Deo (UQP), see Tony’s review at Messenger’s Booker

The Last Man in Europe, by Dennis Glover (Black Inc), see my review

Gwen, by Goldie Goldbloom (Fremantle Press), see my review

The Last Garden by Eva Hornung (Text), on my TBR, see my review

The Choke, by Sofie Laguna (Sue at Whispering Gums has just reviewed this)

Hinterland, by Steven Lang (UQP), see my review

The Passage of Love, by Alex Miller, (Allen & Unwin) see my review

Border Districts, by Gerald Murnane (Giramondo), on my TBR, see my review

Congratulations to all the authors, editors and publishers!


  1. Wow, I’m impressed Lisa – though not surprised! Always interesting to see what does and doesn’t make these lists. Looks like Storyland has not grabbed anyone’s attention.


    • Yes, that’s a shame, I loved Storyland. I really did.


  2. I’m so surprised and pleased to see poetry included here. I’ve actually read two of these books myself—Jeane d’Arc and The Agonist—and I too have Border Districts at hand. More than on any Canadian prize list.


    • The ALS Gold medal is one of the few awards that can be for any kind of writing, and because it’s a society for the study of *literature* the books they nominate are always rally worthwhile (as distinct from awards judged by booksellers who are a bit inclined to nominate commercially successful titles).

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  3. […] had The Last Garden on my TBR since I bought it last year, but it’s been long-listed for the 2018 ALS Gold Medal so this seems like a good time to read […]


  4. […] the shortlist for the 2018 Gold Medal today.  Some very good books have been omitted, but it was a strong longlist so I suppose that was […]


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