NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2016 shortlists

The shortlisted titles in each of the categories are listed below.

Christina Stead Prize for Fiction

Ghost River (Tony Birch, UQP)

Locust Girl: A Lovesong (Merlinda Bobis, Spinifex Press)

Clade (James Bradley, Hamish Hamilton)

The Life of Houses (Lisa Gorton, Giramondo)

A Guide to Berlin (Gail Jones, Vintage)

The World without Us (Mireille Juchau, Bloomsbury)

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Stella Prize 2016 Longlist

The Women’s Pages (Debra Adelaide, Picador)

The Other Side of the World (Stephanie Bishop, Hachette)

Panthers and the Museum of Fire (Jen Craig, Spineless Wonders)

Six Bedrooms (Tegan Bennett Daylight, Vintage)

Hope Farm (Peggy Frew, Scribe)

A Few Days in the Country: And Other Stories (Elizabeth Harrower, Text)

A Guide to Berlin (Gail Jones, Vintage)

The World Without Us (Mireille Juchau, Bloomsbury)

A Short History of Richard Kline (Amanda Lohrey, Black Inc.)

Anchor Point (Alice Robinson, Affirm Press)

The Natural Way of Things (Charlotte Wood, A&U)

Small Acts of Disappearance: Essays on Hunger (Fiona Wright, Giramondo).



Amnesia by Peter Carey




It was a spring evening in Washington DC; a chilly autumn morning in Melbourne; it was exactly 22.00 Greenwich Mean Time when a worm entered the computerised control systems of hundreds of Australian prisons and released the locks in many places of incarceration, some of which the hacker could not have known existed. Because Australian prison security was, in the year 2010, mostly designed and sold by American corporations the worm immediately infected 117 US federal correctional facilities, 1,700 prisons, and over 3,000 county jails. Wherever it went, it travelled underground, in darkness, like a bushfire burning in the roots of trees. Reaching its destinations it announced itself: THE CORPORATION IS UNDER OUR CONTROL. THE ANGEL DECLARES YOU FREE.’ Has a young Australian woman declared cyber war on the United States? Or was her Angel Worm intended only to open the prison doors of those unfortunates detained by Australia’s harsh immigration policies? Did America suffer collateral damage? Is she innocent? Can she be saved?



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