2009 shortlist


  • The Boat by Nam Le (Winner)
  • Everything I Knew by Peter Goldsworthy
  • One Foot Wrong by Sofie Laguna
  • People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
  • The Good Parents by Joan London 
  • The Pages by Murray Bail
  • Wanting by Richard Flanagan


  • Drawing the Global Colour Line by Marilyn Lake and Henry Reynolds (Winner)
  • House of Exile: The Life and Times of Heinrich Mann and Nelly Kroeger-Mann by Evelyn Juers (Winner)
  • American Journeys by Don Watson
  • Doing Life: A Biography of Elizabeth Jolley by Brian Dibble
  • Gough Whitlam: A Moment in History by Jenny Hocking 
  • The Henson Case by David Marr
  • The Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm Island by Chloe Hooper
  • Van Diemen's Land by James Boyce