The 2022 Prime Minister's Literary Awards shortlist has been announced.

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The Awards recognise and celebrate the exceptional literary talent of our writers, poets, historians and illustrators. With 545 eligible entries, judges were faced with the difficult task of selecting the very best from a diverse representation of Australian voices and stories.

The 30 shortlisted books demonstrate the major contribution literature makes in connecting Australians to our stories, our history and to our values. This selection of books will actively develop our empathy, increase our knowledge and ability to reflect on our cultural journeys past, present and future.

The Prime Minister's Literary Awards play an important role in supporting a national appreciation of Australian literature. The shortlisted entrants showcase thought provoking, moving and entertaining stories that will succeed in captivating readers.

The stories encourage readers to engage through a different lens, challenging their beliefs and developing a deeper appreciation of the power literature has in connecting Australian society and culture.

We congratulate each and every author, illustrator, poet and historian that made this year's shortlists.

Winners will be announced later this year.

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