I wrote about this award in a Monday Musings back in 2012, but haven’t mentioned it much since. Roderick, as I explained in that post, is a somewhat controversial character in Australian literature. However, the award is worth $20,000 and encompasses a wide range of forms and genres, both fiction and nonfiction, so, I thought it might be interesting to revisit. Awards, like the Stella, which are brand like this, make interesting lists for readers.
But, just to recap … as I explained in my Monday Musings post, the award goes to “the best book published in Australia which deals with any aspect of Australian life”. A bit like the Miles Franklin – except that it can be “any” book.
It is administered by the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies (FALS) at James Cook University.
The 15 longlisted titles for 2021 are:
- Steven Conte’s The Tolstoy Estate (historical fiction, my review coming but here’s Lisa’s)
- Stephanie Convery’s After the count: The death of Davey Browne (nonfiction)
- Garry Disher’s Consolation (crime fiction, a sequel to Bitter Wash Road which I reviewed recently)
- Anna Goldsworthy’s Melting moments (fiction, my review)
- Jane Harper’s The survivors (crime fiction, Kim’s measured review)
- Daniel Keighran & Tony Park’s Courage under fire (nonfiction/memoir)
- Grantlee Kieza’s Banks (nonfiction/biography)
- Sofie Laguna’s Infinite splendours (fiction, Theresa’s and Kate’s qualified reviews)
- Tobias McCorkell’s Everything in its right place (fiction)
- Louise Milligan’s Witness (nonfiction)
- Kirli Saunders’ Bindi (children’s poetry)
- Nardi Simpson’s Song of the crocodile (fiction, to be read in July)
- Elizabeth Tan’s Smart ovens for lonely people (short stories, on my TBR, Bill’s review)
- Jessie Tu’s A lonely girl is a dangerous thing (fiction, Kim’s and my inaugural blog mentee Angharad’s reviews)
- Mark Wilson’s Eureka! A story of the goldfields (children’s picture book)
This year’s extended longlist includes nine works of fiction, four of nonfiction (including a biography and a memoir), and two children’s books. One of these is Eureka!, which, says Books + Publishing, is the first children’s picture book to be longlisted for the award.
For more information, including an excellent description of each of the longlisted books, check out the Foundation’s website.
Do any of these books interest you?