Posted by: Lisa Hill | September 19, 2022

2021 ACT Book of the Year Award shortlist

The ACT Book of the Year Award shortlist has been announced. I’m delighted to see that one of my favourite books of 2021 has been nominated.

From their website: 

Six books have been shortlisted for the 2021 ACT Book of the Year, which recognises quality contemporary literary works by ACT-based authors.

A total of 21 eligible books were nominated for the 2021 award representing a diverse range of genres including fiction, non-fiction, history, biography, short stories, children’s books and poetry.

The winner of the ACT Book of the Year will be announced on 29 September 2022.

The nominees are:

  • Oil Under Troubled Water, Australia’s Timor Sea Intrigue by Bernard Collaery.
  • Utterly by Dr PS Cottier
  • Spinoza’s Overcoat, Travels with Writers and Poets, by Subhash Jaireth, see my review.
  • Nigh by Dr Penelope Layland
  • The Trials of Portnoy by Dr Patrick Mullins
  • Doggerland by Moya Pacey

There are brief summaries of the books at the Canberra Times.

ACT Book of the Year award shortlist


  1. I have not (yet) read any of these.


    • I’ve only read the one. The one about East Timor interests me most, but I’ve read so much about it elsewhere,. I don’t feel I need the detail of a whole book about it.

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