Posted by: Lisa Hill | August 23, 2022

2022 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction shortlist

The shortlist for the 2022 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction has been announced.  Links go to Readings bookstore.  The nominees are:

Cold Enough for Snow by Jessica Au, see my review

Hovering by Rhett Davis, the pick of the bunch IMO, see my review

Losing Face by George Haddad, abandoned

Love and Virtue by Diana Reid

Loveland by Robert Lukins, see my review

Sunbathing by Isobel Beech


Read more about these titles at the Readings website.


  1. Love and virtue sounds really interesting!


    • Do you think you might review it? It’s not on my wishlist, but I’d like to have a link to a review of it.

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      • I think Kate might have reviewed this one 🤷🏻‍♀️


  2. I’ve read two of these but own another two. I feel quite all over this list, lol!


  3. Why did you abandon ‘Losing Face’?


    • Hi Paul, I read up to page 50, but I’m not interested in reading about drug addicts (or any other kind of addict) and I didn’t understand the slang. Have you read it? What did you think?


      • No, I haven’t read it. I’m not keen on fiction about addicts either, so I probably won’t!


        • There’s a lot of it about ATM. I’m often startled by the amount of smoking in contemporary novels… I mean, less than 12% of Australians smoke, and perhaps we can assume that most of those are older Australians who began long ago when less was known about how stupid it is to smoke, or who come from countries that haven’t had the education programs that we’ve had. Yes, there they are in so many novels, puffing away as if it’s normal, when it’s not.


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