Tis the season for book awards. Love them or hate them, it’s hard to avoid them. Every time I open my emails at the moment, another book award is being announced (or not, in the case of this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature, but that’s another story!)
Trying to read as many of the nominated books each year is an occupational hazard for booksellers. We love to champion our favourites and marvel when the judges agree with us (& curse them when they don’t!)
Today the Miles Franklin longlist was announced:
- Peter Carey: The Long Way Home (Staff favourite – Philip)
- Felicity Castagna: No More Boats
- Michelle de Kretser: The Life to Come (Staff favourite – Libby)
- Lia Hills: The Crying Place
- Eva Hornung: The Last Garden
- Wayne Macauley: Some Tests
- Catherine McKinnon: Storyland
- Gerald Murnane: Border Districts
- Jane Rawson: From the Wreck
- Michael Sala: The Restorer
- Kim Scott: Taboo
And the winner of the Man Booker International Prize was awarded to Polish author Olga Tokarczuk and her translator, Jennifer Croft for Flights. Not a staff favourite yet, but on several of our TBR wishlists.
Closer to home, Alexis Wright recently won The Stella Prize for Tracker, Jessica Townsend was awarded Book of the Year by the Independent Booksellers with her debut children’s book, Nevermoor (staff favourite – Bronwyn), Emily O’Grady received the Australian/Vogel unpublished manuscript award for The Yellow House (now in store) and Taboo by Kim Scott won the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Book of the Year while Bram Presser won an impressive three awards on the same night – the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction , the UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing and the People’s Choice Award – for The Book of Dirt.
The Women’s Prize announced their shortlist last month:
- The Idiot by Elif Batuman
- The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar
- Sight by Jessie Greengrass
- When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife by Meena Kandasamy
- Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (staff favourite – Bronwyn & Libby)
- Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
as did the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction:
- Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
- Sugar Money by Jane Harris (staff favourite – Bronwyn)
- Grace by Paul Lynch
- The Wardrobe Mistress by Patrick McGrath
- Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves by Rachel Malik (staff favourite – Libby)
- The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers
The Crime Writers Association Dagger awards announced their various longlists during the week, with the Gold Dagger nominees including Australian author Emma Viskic for her Ned Kelly award winning novel, Resurrection Bay.
Finally, the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction was awarded to Andrew Sean Greer for Less.
Have you read any of these award winning books yet?