Posted by: Lisa Hill | September 28, 2022

2022 Historical Novel Prize shortlist

The Historical Novel Prize shortlist for 2022 has been announced.

With thanks to Sally Wood, a publicist who makes it easy to share this information, here is the Press Release:

The Shortlist for the 2022 ARA Historical Novel Prize – Adult Category is:

  • Horse by Geraldine Brooks (Hachette Australia)
  • Corporal Hitler’s Pistol by Tom Keneally (Penguin Random House), see my review
  • Cold Coast by Robyn Mundy (Ultimo Press), see my review

The Shortlist for the 2022 ARA Historical Novel Prize – Children and Young Adult (CYA) Category is:

  • Katipo Joe: Wolf’s Lair by Brian Falkner (Scholastic New Zealand)
  • Rabbit, Soldier, Angel, Thief by Katrina Nannestad (HarperCollins Publishers Australia)
  • The Wearing of the Green by Claire Saxby (Walker Books)

The ARA Historical Novel Prize is worth a total of $100,000 in prize monies. The Prize will award $50,000 to the Adult category winner, with an additional $5,000 to be awarded to each of the remaining two shortlisted authors. In the Children and Young Adult (CYA) category, the winner will receive $30,000, while the two shortlisted authors will receive $5,000 each.

The Winners of the 2022 ARA Historical Novel Prize will be announced on Thursday 20 October 2022.

Congratulations to all the authors, editors and publishers!


  1. I’ve read all three in the adult shortlist. My favourite is ‘Cold Coast’.


    • Good choice! (Says she who’s only read two.)


  2. What does ARA stand for, Lisa?


    • LOL Teresa, I had to look it up. The website says “The ARA Historical Novel Prize has been made possible by the generosity of our Foundation Partner, ARA Group. The ARA Historical Novel Prize has been made possible through the generous patronage of ARA Group. The ARA Group, and its Founder, Executive Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Edward Federman, are committed to supporting the arts and literature.” ARA seems to be an infrastructure sort of corporation…


  3. So Cold coast would be your pick too Lisa? Seems so from your reviews of the two books.


    • Well, I haven’t read Horse… and someone who has (Brona?) thought it was good, but yes, I was captivated by Cold Coast.

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      • It wasn’t me, but our customers have enjoyed it.

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        • I feel kindof ambivalent about it. I read everything that Brooks wrote including her last one, but the Old Testament fictionalisation of David just didn’t work for me. And now a book about a famous American racehorse, when we have our very own famous racehorse… it just makes me wonder when this author who still likes us to think of her as Australian, will ever use her considerable talents to write something for us?


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