The announcement of the Stella Prize Longlist is a red-letter day for the Australian Women Writers Challenge … and also for me of course. So, today, I share the list with you. The shortlist will be announced on March 10.
The judges look good to me: writer Emily Maguire, memoirist/essayist Alice Pung, author/academic Brenda Walker, literary critic/author Geordie Williamson, and bookseller/founder of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation Suzy Wilson.
- The women’s pages by Debra Adelaide (Pan Macmillan) (I’ll be reading this soon)
- The other side of the world by Stephanie Bishop (Hachette)
- Panthers and the Museum of Fire by Jen Craig (Spineless Wonders)
- Six bedrooms by Tegan Bennett Daylight (Random House)
- Hope Farm by Peggy Frew (Scribe)
- A few days in the country: And other stories by Elizabeth Harrower (Text) (on my TBR, and now higher in my priority list)
- A guide to Berlin by Gail Jones (Random House)
- The world without us by Mireille Juchau (Bloomsbury)
- A short history of Richard Kline by Amanda Lohrey (Black Inc)
- Anchor point by Alice Robinson (Affirm Press) (my review)
- The natural way of things by Charlotte Wood (Allen & Unwin)
- Small acts of disappearance: Essays on hunger by Fiona Wright (Giramondo)
As is usual for the Stella, the list include novels, short story collections (a few in fact) and non-fiction … And as is usual, I have most on my radar. I have read the first three Stella Prize winners: Carrie Tiffany’s Mateship with birds, Clare Wright’s The forgotten rebels of Eureka and Emily Bittos’s The strays. All have been excellent reads, which augurs well for my enjoyment of this year – although as we have been hearing lately past practice is no predictor of the future!
I’m sorry that this is a basic post … I am holidaying for a few days in a gorgeous Aussie country town, and am without my normal computing facilities. The iPad us not conducive to long post writing. Phew, do I hear you say?