Posted by: Lisa Hill | October 10, 2019

2019 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards Shortlist

The 2019 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards Shortlist was announced last month but I didn’t get round to posting about it here, and now the announcement of the winners is upon us!

Here are the books in contention:

A Stolen Season, by Rodney Hall (my review)
The Death of Noah Glass by Gail Jones
Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko (my review)
Saudade by Suneeta Peres da Costa (my review)
Beautiful Revolutionary by Laura Elizabeth Woollett

A Certain Light: A memoir of family, loss and hope, by Cynthia Banham
Rusted off: Why Country Australia is fed up, by Gabrielle Chan
Half the Perfect World: Writers, dreamers and drifters on Hydra, 1955–1964, by Paul Genoni and Tanya Dalziell
The Arsonist: A mind on fire, by Chloe Hooper (my review)
Axiomatic, by Maria Tumarkin (see Sue’s review at Whispering Gums)

Australian history
Deep time dreaming: Uncovering ancient Australia, by Billy Griffiths
Dancing in Shadows: Histories of Nyungar performance, by Anna Haebich
The Land of Deams: How Australians won their freedom, 1788-1860, by David Kemp
The Bible in Australia: A cultural history, by Meredith Lake
You Daughters of Freedom: The Australians who won the vote and inspired the world, by Clare Wright (my review)

Sun Music by Judith Beveridge
Click Here for What We Do by Pam Brown
Newcastle Sonnets by Keri Glastonbury
Viva the Real by Jill Jones
Blakwork by Alison Whitaker

Young Adult
Between Us by Clare Atkins
The Things That Will Not Stand by Michael Gerard Bauer
Lenny’s Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee
The Art of Taxidermy by Sharon Kernot
Cicada by Shaun Tan

For Children’s Literature nominees, see the award website.

The winners will be announced on October 23rd.


  1. Are you planning to read the remaining 2 contenders in the fiction category? I tried reading an earlier work by Gail Jones but couldn’t get engaged with it so I’m wondering if her latest will be better.

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    • No, Karen, I don’t think so. I have read one of Gail Jones’ novels on the TBR and I ought to read that first. And the other one doesn’t really appeal to me, though if someone really recommended it to me (or if it won) I might give it a try.


      • They’ll probably prove expensive to buy so I thought I’d wait until someone whose opinions I trusted, could give me a view on whether they are worth getting. I think you just answered that so have saved me some cash!

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