The judges of the Stella Prize (Kerryn Goldsworthy (chair); Annabel Crabb; Brenda Walker; Fiona Stager; and Tony Birch) have issued their shortlist of six titles.
Awarded to celebrate Australian women’s writing, the shortlist for this year includes :
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent – a novel is based on the true story of the trial and death of the last woman to be executed in Iceland, Agnes Magnúsdóttir.
Night Games: Sex, Power and Sport by Anna Krien – explores the facts, the claims and the ramifications surrounding a court case in which a Melbourne footballer was tried for the rape of a young woman
The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane – an exploration of dementia and ageing
Boy, Lost: A Family Memoir by Kristina Olsson – Kristina Olsson’s story about her half-brother Peter, stolen by his father from his mother’s arms
The Swan Book by Alexis Wright – a “brilliantly surreal and inventive novel about imagination and the power of story” set 100 years in Australia’s future
The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka by Clare Wright – on the role of women on the Ballarat goldfields in the years leading up to the Eureka Stockade
The 2014 Stella Prize will be awarded in Sydney on Tuesday 29 April.
The winner’s prize is $50,000. The other five shortlisted authors will also receive prize money of $2000, courtesy of the Nelson Meers Foundation.