Posted by: Lisa Hill | December 10, 2021

2021 Voss Literary Prize winner

The winner of the 2021 Voss Literary Prize has been announced: it’s The Labyrinth by Amanda Lohrey.

The Labyrinth (Text Publishing), was also the winner of the 2121 Miles Franklin Award, and you can see my enthusiastic review here, and the judges’ report here.

There’s good reading amongst the short list too:

Robbie Arnott, The Rain Heron (Text Publishing), on my TBR

Gail Jones, Our Shadows (Text Publishing), see my review

Vivian Pham, The Coconut Children (Penguin Books), abandoned

Nardi Simpson, Song of the Crocodile (Hachette Australia), see my review

The Voss Literary Prize is an award dedicated to the memory of Vivian Robert de Vaux Voss (1930-1963), an historian and lover of literature from Emu Park in Central Queensland who studied History and Latin at the University of Sydney and modern languages at the University of Rome. His will stipulated that a literary award be established to reward the best novel from the previous year.



  1. Well deserved! Enjoyed the intertwined threads of ideas.


    • Hi Anna, congratulations on Hybrid surviving another year of the pandemic!
      I have Nina Bassat’s Take the Child and Disappear lined up for Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27th next year. It’s one of five left on my Books For Review pile, and I’m hoping to knock off the other four before the end of the, 21 days left to do it in!


  2. Looking forward to reading this in Jan for Feb book group.


    • It made me want to go walking to discover labyrinths in my own environment.


  3. Disappointed.


    • It happens… sometimes I’m more than disappointed, I’m cross.
      There are three of these I’d have been pleased to see win, one I just don’t know about because I have had it for ages but haven’t read it yet, and one that would have made me cross.
      Can I ask which one were you hoping would win?

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  4. My favourite is Nardi Simpson’s ‘Song of the Crocodile’ and I am hoping we will see more of her work.


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