2012 shortlist


  • Foal’s Bread by Gillian Mears (Winner)
  • All That I Am by Anna Funder
  • Autumn Laing by Alex Miller
  • Forecast: Turbulence by Janette Turner Hospital
  • Sarah Thornhill by Kate Grenville


  • Interferon Psalms by Luke Davies (Winner)
  • Armour by John Kinsella
  • Ashes in the Air by Ali Alizadeh
  • New and Selected Poems by Gig Ryan
  • Southern Barbarians by John Mateer


  • An Eye for Eternity: The Life of Manning Clark by Mark McKenna (Winner)
  • A Short History of Christianity by Geoffrey Blainey
  • Kinglake-350 by Adrian Hyland
  • Michael Kirby Paradoxes and Principles by A J Brown
  • When Horse Became Saw by Anthony Macris

Prize for Australian History

  • The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aboriginies Made Australia by Bill Gammage (Winner)
  • 1835: The Founding of Melbourne and the Conquest of Australia by James Boyce
  • Breaking the Sheep’s Back by Charles Massy
  • Indifferent Inclusion: Aboriginal people and the Australian Nation by Russell McGregor
  • Immigration Nation: The Secret History of Us by Renegade Films Australia Pty Ltd

Young adult fiction

  • When We Were Two by Robert Newton (Winner)
  • A Straight Line to My Heart by Bill Condon
  • Alaska by Sue Saliba
  • Being Here by Barry Jonsberg
  • Pan’s Whisper by Sue Lawson

Children’s fiction

  • Goodnight, Mice! written by Frances Watts and illustrated by Judy Watson (Winner)
  • Come Down, Cat! written by Sonya Hartnett and illustrated by Lucia Masciullo
  • Evangeline, The Wish Keeper’s Helper by Maggie Alderson
  • Father’s Day by Anne Brooksbank
  • The Jewel Fish of Karnak by Graeme Base