Another shortlist, this time for something close to home; the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2013. There are several categories of prizes to be awarded. The winners will be announced on 19 May during the Sydney Writers’ Festival.
Christina Stead Prize for Fiction – prize money worth $40,000
- The Voyage by Murray Bail
- The Daughters of Mars by Thomas Keneally
- Foal’s Bread by Gillian Mears
- Cold Light by Frank Moorhouse
- Mateship with Birds by Carrie Tiffany (also nominated for the Women’s Prize for Fiction)
- Animal People by Charlotte Wood
From the shortlist above, you can have your say in the People’s Choice Award – click here to vote
Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction ($40,000 prize money)
- Exile: the Lives and Hopes of Werner Pelz by Roger Averill
- Ben Jonson : a Life by Ian Donaldson
- Dark Night : Walking with McCahon by Martin Edmond
- The Biggest Estate on Earth : How Aborigines Made Australia by Bill Gammage
- Double Entry : How the Merchants of Venice Shaped the Modern World – and How Their Invention Could Make or Break the Planet by Jane Gleeson-White
- The Office : a Hard Working History by Gideon Haigh
Keith Slessor Prize for Poetry ($30,00 prize money)
- Ruby Moonlight by Ali Cobby-Eckermann
- First Light by Kate Fagan
- Open Sesame by Michael Farrell
- The Welfare of My Enemy by Anthony Lawrence
- Ladylike by Kate Lilly
- Here, There and Elsewhere by Vivian Smith
Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature ($30,000 prize money)
- Three Summers by Judith Clarke
- The Ink Bridge by Neil Grant
- Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan
- A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty
- Into That Forest by Louis Nowra
- Unforgotten by Tohby Riddle
Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature ($30,000 prize money)
- The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon by Aaron Blabey
- Brotherband 1 : The Outcasts by John Flanagan
- Pookie Aleera is Not My Boyfriend by Steven Herrick
- A Bear and a Tree by Stephen Michael King
- The Tender Moments of Saffron Silk by Glenda Millard
- Dragonkeeper Book 4 : Blood Brothers by Carole Wilkinson
There is also a $20,000 Community Relations Commission Award, the UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing and the NSW Premier’s Translation Prize.
This British literary prize is for the novel considered by the judges to best capture the comic spirit of PG Wodehouse. This year, the prize’s 14th, the judges are Everyman’s Library publisher David Campbell, Hay Festival director Peter Florence and broadcaster and author Jim Naughtie.
“This is one of the strongest shortlists I have seen – all five novels are truly brilliantly funny,” Campbell said.
The five shortlisted novels for 2013 are:
Zoo Time by Howard Jacobson
This is the tale of Guy Ableman, a writer in torment, both over his affections for both his wife and mother-in-law, and the terminal state of literature.
Skios by Michael Frayn
Skios was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2012. It is a farce about a case of mistaken identity on the fictional Greek island of the title.
I read this book last year, I found it only mildly amusing. If it were made into a movie it would have to star Barbara Windsor, Kenneth Williams, Hattie Jacques, Sid James et al.
England’s Lane by Joseph Connolly
A “darkly humorous” tale of three couples who owned shops on a street in north London in the late 1950s and the secrets hidden behind their shop fronts.
Heartbreak Hotel by Deborah Moggach
Lightning Rods by Helen DeWitt
An “uproariously funny” tale following failing salesman Joe as he launches a plan to stamp out sexual harassment in the workplace.
The winning title will be announced in late May and will have the rather dubious honour of having a Gloucestershire Old Spot pig named after their winning title.
Previous winners that I have read include :
- A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka (what a name for a pig!)
- Solar by Ian McEwan (had me snorting out loud)
- Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday
You can read the list of winners and short listed novels here on Wikipedia.