Posted by: Lisa Hill | November 18, 2020

2020 Barbara Jefferis Award winner: Lucy Treloar

I am so pleased to share the news that Lucy Treloar has won the 2020 Barbara Jefferis award for her superb novel Wolfe Island.

There are many things to love about this novel, but what I really like is the representation of its central character Kitty Hawke as a powerful, independent older woman in control of her own destiny.  This is, I suspect, the reason why the novel won an award for “the best novel written by an Australian author that depicts women and girls in a positive way or otherwise empowers the status of women and girls in society”.

The book has been nominated for numerous awards, and now, at last, it’s a winner.

Read my review here.

You can buy a copy from Fishpond Wolfe Island or your favourite indie bookseller.



  1. That is terrific! I really enjoyed ‘Wolfe Island’ as well.


  2. Absolutely thrilled with this news! Well-deserved.


    • Yes, especially since she’s been nominated for so many other awards… I really am thrilled for her.
      And I loved Salt Creek too.

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  3. It’s always wonderful when a book we love gets the recognition of a prize! :D


  4. The only one I haven’t read from the shortlist won. I think it’s telling me something!


  5. I have almost picked this book up a couple of times but hesitated. Next time!


    • You may need to reserve it now:)


  6. I remember you were enthusiastic about this book and I added it to my wishlist as a result. Still hoping it will materialise in our library system —


    • Fingers crossed for you that it does…It should, because even though it’s written by an Australian author, it is a universal story in a universal setting.


  7. It seems I can get it as an audio book only. Sigh. I keep running into this issue with Australian authors……availability via our library system is so poor


  8. It’s the same here with New Zealand books. My closest library doesn’t have much, but ne farther away has a good range and often the most recent releases.
    It might be worth you finding out if your library network has a system of specialising in particular types of books. They can’t all afford to have everything, so, for example, when it comes to books in other languages the different branches keep collections in different languages. One branch is heavy on the classics, another has a lot of American fiction or graphic novels. They’re all networked so you can order what you want online and it will be at your own branch the next day.


  9. I’m pleased about this winner. A worthy recipient!


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