Posted by: Lisa Hill | June 1, 2022

2022 ALS Gold Medal Longlist + Shortlist

Update 6/6/22 the shortlisted titles have has been announced and I’ve bolded them below.  (I’m disappointed that Locust Summer didn’t make the cut.)


I’m still a bit under the weather but I’m starting to think I’m on the mend.  And *chuckle* a bit of brain fog doesn’t stop me cutting and pasting the longlist from the ALS website.

I’ve only read two of these, and as you can see in my reviews I think highly of them.

I did start Wild Abandon, but #irony abandoned it after 100-odd pages because I’m not interested in reading about lost souls drinking and drug-taking in the US.  The fact that the ALS has longlisted it shows that you shouldn’t take any notice of my opinion about it.

David Allen-Petale, Locust Summer (Fremantle Press)
Eunice Andrada, Take Care (Giramondo)
Emily Bitto, Wild Abandon (Allen and Unwin)
Katherine Brabon, The Shut Ins (Allen and Unwin)
Andy Jackson, Human Looking (Giramondo)
John Kinsella, Pushing Back (Transit Lounge)
Omar Musa, Killernova (Penguin)
SJ Norman, Permafrost (University of Queensland Press)
Elfie Shiosaki, Homecoming (Magabala Books) (NB The giveaway has expired.)
Maria Takolander, Trigger Warning (University of Queensland Press)

PS I’m easing back into reading with Carmel Bird’s Telltale due out in July. It’s a kind of meditation on the books she read at home from her personal library during the lockdowns of 20-21, and it’s fascinating.


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  1. They’re the only two I’ve read, too. Get well soon, Lisa!

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    • Thanks, Amanda.
      I think the Giramondo titles are mostly poetry, I’ll look them up in due course to check.

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  2. Get well soon! And now I want to read ‘Telltale’. ;-)

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    • I can’t promise to have a review done soon, I’m only making slow progress. I made myself some coffee this morning and ate the last of the muffins and then settled down to read it — and promptly fell asleep again for a couple of hours! Me, world champion insomniast!

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  3. Glad you are on the mend. I have Carmel Bird’s book too and have had a peek. Looks delicious but I must read a couple of others first including finishing Ethel!!

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  4. Hi Lisa. I was diagnosed as positive over Easter and am into my 5th week off work with the long variety. The fatigue has been the worst part for me and has really only begun to dissipate in the last few days. Brain fog meant that I got through one book since Easter. Hopefully I am back at work if not next week, then the week after. I hope you are going well and recover rapidly.

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    • Goodness, five weeks, that’s terrible. I’ve been reading about Long Covid (with some trepidation now, of course) and it’s really very worrying that it’s occurring. I hope that lessening of fatigue means you are on the road to recovery again soon. All the best, Lisa

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  5. I’m sorry to hear you’ve been ill with covid, Lisa. I thought you must be enjoying a holiday break!
    Good to see you back here again!

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    • I wish!
      I have been vegetating in front of the TV, dozing my way through a German soap on SBS and now a French missing person series.
      But at least my appetite is back, and The Spouse is well enough to cook. So we’re doing ok.

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      • Is it like an episode of mild flu? I hope the vaccine worked its magic and stopped you getting too desperately ill! It sounds unpleasant though.

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        • Because of the flu vaccine (which school used to pay for us to have) it’s years since I had a real flu (as distinct from a winter cough or cold) , but it seems like more like an extreme flu in the sense that there’s no question of ‘soldiering on’. I think the brain fog is different to the flu too, but also, we have to monitor oxygen saturation levels using an oximeter 3x per day because apparently they can suddenly drop and that’s when you call an ambulance immediately. (You’ve heard those stories of people who seemed fine and then suddenly died.)
          What’s working for me is that my doc got me onto antivirals immediately i.e. within an hour of the Telehealth consultation. (Not everyone is eligible for them, there have to be certain pre-existing conditions.)

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          • I’ve had ” normal” flu three times despite vaccinations (I always manage to catch one of the strains it doesn’t cover) and it’s knocked me sideways for weeks each time. I’m glad your GP got you onto antivirals ASAP – I don’t think I’ve had the brain fog from flu but the exhaustion has lasted for weeks. I’m glad you had a good GP, they’re an endangered species!

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  6. Not read any of these 🤷🏻‍♀️

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    • Locust Summer is by a fellow WA author, Kim:)

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      • Yes, I have a copy. Too many books, not enough time (or energy)

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  7. Glad to hear you have turned the corner towards recovery. it must have been hard going with both of you struck down.

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    • Haha, two people with brain fog can be a bit difficult. Like two old folks with dementia with conversations set on repeat, and repeat again.
      Seriously, am definitely on the mend, I was well enough yesterday to replenish muffin supplies. The brain fog made me put in double the amount of blueberries, so there’s more fruit than muffin, but still…

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  8. I quite liked Wild Abandon but it definitely spent too long at the start on all that debauchery. It improved once the character left New York. But I do think a novel shouldn’t need you to ‘hang in there’ with it for that long, it either has or it doesn’t and this one cut it fine with the first quarter/third.

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    • Yes, I remember reading your review.
      And I was so disappointed because I was very impressed by her first novel The Strays and that’s why I ‘hung in there’ for 100 pages, much longer than I usually would with a novel that hasn’t engaged me (which usually gets ditched after 50 pages). I notice that one of the Writers Centres is running a session on symbolism with Bitto, and so maybe I failed to notice something that was going on, but that doesn’t alter the fact that I just wasn’t engaged in the novel at any time and that’s why I gave up on it.
      But I haven’t given up on the author!

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      • Some authors are trustworthy enough, in that, even if you aren’t keen on one book, you stick with them knowing you’ll likely enjoy their next.

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