Apart from the locals the list includes other books which we loved and have been recommending and, a little embarrassingly, a few which we haven’t caught up with yet. The judges will have a tough task choosing just one winner from a list which proves yet again that Australia is hugely blessed with writing talents.
The list in alphabetical order of author is: Blood – Tony Birch, The Spirit of Progress – Steven Carroll, Spirit House – Mark Dapin (local author), The Precipice – Virginia Duigan (local), All That I Am – Anna Funder , Sarah Thornhill – Kate Grenville (local), Five bells – Gail Jones, Autumn Laing – Alex Miller, Cold Light – Frank Moorhouse (local), Past The Shallows – Favel Parrett, The Street Sweeper – Elliot Perlman and Animal People – Charlotte Wood.
I’ve been a bit cheeky including Frank Moorhouse as a local. He did live in Balmain for a considerable time but more recently has been residing elsewhere. But then I didn’t include Charlotte Wood who lives close by in the inner-west!