2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlist

It’s time to celebrate Australia literature – Australian writers who write books about Australia. It’s always amazing to see Australia is not only a sports nation but a nation of diversity, imagination and creation.





2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlist –


All That I Am by Anna Funder (winner of Miles Franklin Award)

Sarah Thornhill by Kate Grenville

Foal’s Bread by Gillian Mears

Autumn Laing by Alex Miller

Forecast: Turbulence byJanetteTurnerHospital


Ashes in the Air by Ali Alizadeh

Interferon Psalms by Luke Davies

Armour by John Kinsella

Southern Barbarians by John Mateer

New and Selected Poems by Gig Ryan


A Short History of Christianity by Geoffrey Blainey

Michael Kirby Paradoxes and Principles by A J Brown

Kinglake-350 by Adrian Hyland

When Horse Became Saw by Anthony Macris

An Eye for Eternity: The Life of ManningClark by Mark McKenna

Prize for Australian History

1835: The Founding ofMelbourneand the Conquest of Australia by James Boyce

The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aboriginies Made Australia by Bill Gammage

Breaking the Sheep’s Back by Charles Massy

Indifferent Inclusion: Aboriginal people and the Australian Nation by Russell McGregor

Immigration Nation: The Secret History of Us by Renegade Films Australia Pty Ltd

Young adult fiction

A Straight Line to My Heart by Bill Condon

Being Here by Barry Jonsberg

Pan’s Whisper by Sue Lawson

When We Were Two by Robert Newton

Alaska by Sue Saliba

Children’s fiction

Evangeline, The Wish Keeper’s Helper by Maggie Alderson

The Jewel Fish of Karnak by Graeme Base

Father’s Day by Anne Brooksbank

Come Down, Cat!, written by Sonya Hartnett and illustrated by Lucia Masciullo

Goodnight, Mice!, written by Frances Watts and illustrated by Judy Watson

More details on http://www.arts.gov.au/funding/awards/pmla/2012/shortlists