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…
• Letter to George Clooney – Debra Adelaide
• Moving Among Strangers – Gabrielle Carey
• Night Games – Anna Krien *
• Mullumbimby – Melissa Lucashenko *
• The Night Guest – Fiona McFarlane *
• 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 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.
The Secret Lives of Men, Georgia Blain
Questions of Travel, Michelle de Kretser
Game, Trevor Shearston
The Swan Book, Alexis Wright
A Very Unusual Pursuit, Catherine Jinks
Refuge, Jackie French
Stay Well Soon, Penny Tangey
The Girl Who Brought Mischief, Katrina Nannestad
The Big Dry, Tony Davis
Jandamarra, Mark Greenwood and Terry Denton
Wildlife, Fiona Wood
My Life as an Alphabet, Barry Jonsberg
Sultan’s Eyes, Kelly Gardiner
The Incredible Here and Now, Felicity Castagna
Black Spring, Alison Croggon
Zac and Mia, AJ Betts
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.
*Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Americanah
Margaret Atwood – MaddAddam
Suzanne Berne – The Dogs of Littlefield
Fatima Bhutto – The Shadow of the Crescent Moon
Claire Cameron – The Bear
Lea Carpenter – Eleven Days
M.J. Carter – The Strangler Vine
Deborah Kay Davies – Reasons She Goes to the Woods
Elizabeth Gilbert – The Signature of All Things
*Hannah Kent – Burial Rites
Rachel Kushner – The Flamethrowers
*Jhumpa Lahiri – The Lowland
*Audrey Magee – The Undertaking
*Eimear McBride – A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing
Charlotte Mendelson – Almost English
Anna Quindlen – Still Life with Bread Crumbs
Evie Wyld – All The Birds, Singing
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!
The International Dublin Literary Awards (IDLA) also have a big shortlist this year with the winner
announced on the 12th June…
The Detour by Gerbrand Bakker, (Dutch) translated by David Colmer.
Questions of Travel by Michelle De Kretser (Sri Lankan / Australian)
Absolution by Patrick Flanery (American) (First novel)
A Death in the Family by Karl Ove Knausgaard (Norwegian) Translated by Don Bartlett.
Three Strong Women by Marie NDiaye (French) Translated by John Fletcher.
Traveller of the Century by Andrés Neuman (Argentinian) Translated from the original Spanish by Nick Caistor and Lorenza Garcia.
The Light of Amsterdam by David Park (Northern Irish)
The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan (Irish) (First novel)
The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng (Malaysian)
The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Colombian) Translated from the original Spanish by Anne McLean.
The Australian/Vogel shortlist also comes out this weekend with the winner to be announced on the 22nd April.
Books highlighted in purple/green are linked back to my reviews on this blog.
Which ones have you already read and loved (or not, as the case may be)?