Posted by: Lisa Hill | November 12, 2018

2018 Voss Literary Prize shortlist

The 2018 Voss Prize shortlist has been announced, and I’m pleased to see that I’ve read four of the nominated books:)

Small publishers have done well: Text Publishing has two titles on the shortlist, and Giramondo has one.  The other publishers are Allen & Unwin and Harper Collins.

Links are to the publisher’s website and to my reviews.

Here they are:

Felicity Castagna, No More Boats, see my review

Eva Hornung, The Last Garden, see my review

Sofie Laguna, The Choke, see Sue’s review at Whispering Gums

Catherine McKinnon, Storyland, see my review

Bram Presser, The Book of Dirt,  see my review

Pip Smith, Half Wild, see Theresa’s review at Theresa Smith Writes (I’ve got this one on reserve at the library) See my review.

Congratulations to all the authors, editors and publishers!


  1. And I’ve only read two – but that’s probably good for me!

    Thanks for the link.


    • LOL If there’s an award for memoir, it would be the other way round!


      • Perhaps, though I’ve only read three this year, and one was a hybrid (Nadia Wheatley’s). Last year more likely, they were coming thick and fast!


        • I don’t know what I’ve read most of this year… but EOY is sneaking up fast and before you know it, we’ll be doing the year in review …

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  2. I’ve read two, The Choke and Half Wild. I’ve kind of got my fingers crossed for Pip Smith. Such a clever novel!


    • Aaagh, *smacks forehead* I forgot that you’d reviewed it… I’ve added the link now.

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      • I just clicked back to your post on the longlist for this award. There’s not much difference between the long and the short, they only dropped four books. Hardly seems worth the difference!


  3. I love the title ‘The Last Garden’. The cover of the book too – it is so beautiful! Adding it to my TBR. Interesting shortlist! Thanks so much for sharing, Lisa!


    • That is a most interesting book, Vishy, and the cover, while striking, is a bit misleading – it’s not about a horse!


      • Interesting to know that, Lisa. I thought there will be some horses in the book too :) I will look for this book and try to read it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


        • Oh, yes, there is indeed a horse, but it’s much more than that. It’s about a boy who lives in a religious community is bereaved in shocking circumstances and how he does- and doesn’t get the kind of support that a person would need.


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