2010 shortlist


  • Dog Boy by Eva Hornung (Winner)
  • As the Earth turns Silver by Alison Wong
  • Lovesong by Alex Miller
  • Ransom by David Malouf
  • Summertime by J. M. Coetzee
  • The Book of Emmett by Deborah Forster
  • The Lakewoman by Alan Gould


  • The Colony: A History of Early Sydney by Grace Karskens (Winner)
  • Strange Places: A Memoir of Mental Illness by Will Elliott
  • The Blue Plateau: A Landscape Memoir by Mark Tredinnick
  • The Ghost at the Wedding by Shirley Walker
  • The Life and Death of Democracy by John Keane
  • The Water Dreamers: The Remarkable History of Our Dry Continent by Michael Cathcart

Young adult fiction

  • Confessions of a Liar, Thief and Failed Sex God by Bill Condon (Winner)
  • Beatle meets Destiny by Gabrielle Williams
  • Jarvis 24 by David Metzenthen
  • Stolen by Lucy Christopher
  • Swerve by Phillip Gwynne
  • The Winds of Heaven by Judith Clarke
  • The Museum of Mary Child by Cassandra Golds

Children's fiction

  • Star Jumps by Lorraine Marwood (Winner)
  • Cicada Summer by Kate Constable
  • Harry and Hopper by Margaret Wild and illustrator Freya Blackwood
  • Just Macbeth by Andy Griffiths and illustrator Terry Denton
  • Mannie and the Long Brave Day by Martine Murray and illustrator Sally Rippin
  • Mr Chicken goes to Paris by Leigh Hobbs
  • Running with the Horses by Alison Lester
  • Tensy Farlow and the Home for Mislaid Children by Jen Storer
  • The Terrible Plop by¬†Ursula Dubosarsky