It's that time of year again when our favourite books are categorised, judged and pitted against each other for first place. In Australia we have... The Stella Longlist • Letter to George Clooney - Debra Adelaide • Moving Among Strangers - Gabrielle Carey
• Burial Rites - Hannah Kent * • Night Games - Anna Krien * • Mullumbimby - Melissa Lucashenko * • The Night Guest - Fiona McFarlane * • Boy, Lost - Kristina Olsson * • The Misogyny Factor - Anne Summers • Madeleine - Helen Trinca • The Swan Book - Alexis Wright * • The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka - Clare Wright * WINNER!! • All the Birds, Singing - Evie Wyld
The Stella has now been whittled down to 6 (those highlighted in red with an *) with the winner to be announced on the 29th April.
The Miles Franklin Longlist was announced this week with some familiar names....
The shortlist will be announced on the 15th May and the overall winner on the 26th June. The NSW Premier's Shortlist was also published. It's a HUGE list and covers lots of different categories like poetry, non-fiction, new writing, scriptwriting, playwriting and multicultural writing. Today I will simply share the fiction and children's shortlists and if you would like to see the rest, please click here.
For this year's winners click here. And in the UK, the formerly known as Orange but now known as Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction have published their long and shortlists with the winner to be announced on 4th June.
I'm beginning to think I'm the only person in Australia who hasn't got around to reading Burial Rites yet. I've flicked through it and it looks promising, but it's hard to get excited about a book that already has so much excitement surrounding it!