The 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlists have been announced.
From children’s books that excel in the art of storytelling through to revealing works of non-fiction and history, the 29 books on the 2013 shortlists represent the breadth and depth of the Australian story and imagination.
Now in their sixth year, the Awards shortlists recognise the best in Australian fiction, poetry, non-fiction, history, young adult and children’s fiction published in 2012.
The 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlists are:
Fiction Floundering by Romy Ash The Chemistry of Tears by Peter Carey Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser Lost Voices by Christopher Koch Mateship with Birds by Carrie Tiffany
Poetry Burning Rice by Eileen Chong The Sunlit Zone by Lisa Jacobson Jam Tree Gully: Poems by John Kinsella Liquid Nitrogen by Jennifer Maiden Crimson Crop by Peter Rose
Non-fiction Bradman’s War by Malcolm Knox Uncommon Soldier by Chris Masters Plein Airs and Graces by Adrian Mitchell The Australian Moment by George Megalogenis Bold Palates by Barbara Santich
Prize for Australian History The Sex Lives of Australians: A History by Frank Bongiorno Sandakan by Paul Ham Gough Whitlam by Jenny Hocking Farewell, dear people by Ross McMullin The Censor’s Library by Nicole Moore
Young adult fiction Everything left unsaid by Jessica Davidson The Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett Grace Beside Me by Sue McPherson Fog a Dox by Bruce Pascoe Friday Brown by Vikki Wakefield
Children’s fiction Red by Libby Gleeson Today We Have No Plans by Jane Godwin and illustrated by Anna Walker What’s the Matter, Aunty May? by Peter Friend and illustrated by Andrew Joyner The Beginner’s Guide to Revenge by Marianne Musgrove