Since many book bloggers are posting the Booker longlist, I don’t think I need to do so here. I don’t expect to read many of them, not so much due to a lack of interest as to the fact that I’ve a pretty full reading schedule in front of me without adding these to it! I have read and reviewed Christos Tsiolkas’s The slap, and expect to read in the next few months Peter Carey’s Parrot and Olivier in America and David Mitchell’s The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. There are a couple of others I would like to read, but time will probably defeat me.
However, I will instead announce – because it gets such little publicity – that David Malouf has won this year’s ALS Gold Medal for Literature with his novel, Ransom. As I wrote in my earlier post on this award, it does not come with a monetary prize and so tends to be overlooked by the media. Nonetheless it is an award well worthwhile watching (how’s that for some alliteration!) because its winners do tend to be among our more notable authors and books.
The other awards made by the Association for the Study of Australian Literature for the year are:
- Mary Gilmore Prize (for the best first book of poetry published in the previous two calendar years): Joanna Preston for The Summer King
- Megarey Medal (for the best biographical writing on an Australian subject by a female author): Jill Roe for Stella Miles Franklin: A Biography
- A.D. Hope Prize (for the paper judged to be the best ASAL July annual conference paper delivered by a postgraduate student): Duncan Hose
Congratulations to David Malouf – and the rest of the awardees. What a shame there hasn’t been a little more fanfare…