2008 shortlist


  • The Zookeeper's War by Steven Conte (Winner)
  • Burning In by Mireille Juchau
  • El Dorado by Dorothy Porter
  • Jamaica by Malcolm Knox
  • Sorry by Gail Jones
  • The Complete Stories by David Malouf
  • The Widow and Her Hero by Tom Keneally


  • Ochre and Rust: Artefacts and Encounters on Australian Frontiers by Philip Jones (Winner)
  • A History of Queensland by Raymond Evans
  • Cultural Amnesia: Notes in the Margin of My Time by Clive James
  • My Life as a Traitor by Zarah Ghahramani and Robert Hillman
  • Napoleon: The Path to Power, 1769-1799 by Philip Dwyer
  • Shakespeare's Wife by Germaine Greer
  • Vietnam: The Australian War by Paul Ham