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The Western Australian Premier's Book Awards

The Western Australian Premier's Book Awards

Shortlists for the 2014 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards were recently revealed and we are delighted to announce that the following Allen & Unwin books have been recognized:

Fiction category:
Coal Creek by Alex Miller

Non-fiction category:
Broken Nation by Joan Beaumont

Writing for Young Adults:
My Life as an Alphabet by Barry Jonsberg

Winners will be announced on 22 September. Readers can also vote for their favourite shortlisted titles.

See the full shortlists

Vote in the People's Choice awards

 


Spotlight:

We Were Liars

by E. Lockhart

The story of one family, one summer, and one act that may never be forgiven. 'Thrilling, beautiful and blisteringly smart...utterly unforgettable.' JOHN GREEN

Spotlight:

Banjo

by Paul Terry

A timely re-examination of the life of Australia's best-loved poet and storyteller - the man whose works captured the essence of the Australian spirit.

Spotlight:

The Sun is God

by Adrian McKinty

Based on real events, a story of murder set on the island of Kabakon in the South Pacific, against a backdrop of the Boer War.

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Spotlight:

Back of Beyond

by Freda Marnie Nicholls

Hugh Tindall is an ordinary man who has lived through extraordinary times in outback Queensland. From a poor man's selection on the Diamantina in 1928 to owning six large stations with his family, from shearing his first 100 sheep a day at the age of sixteen to organising sheds in the long running 1956 shearer's strike, Hugh's story is part of a turbulent time in the outback, whose history he is passionate about. Told in his own voice, it is an honest account of life in isolated western and central Queensland, where the tough survived or died.

Spotlight:

Harry's Last Stand

by Harry Leslie Smith

In November 2013 91-year old Yorkshireman RAF veteran and ex-carpet salesman Harry Leslie Smith's Guardian article - 'This year, I will wear a poppy for the last time' - was shared almost 60,000 times on Facebook and started a huge debate.

'The sepia tone of November' he argued 'has become blood-soaked with paper poppies festooning the lapels of our politicians, newsreaders and business leaders ... I will no longer allow my obligation as a veteran to remember those who died in the great wars to be co-opted by current or former politicians to justify our folly in Iraq, our morally dubious war on terror and our elimination of one's right to privacy.'

Harry's Last Stand brings his unique perspective to bear on national health service cutbacks, political corruption, food poverty, the lack of dignity in old age - and much more.

As someone who lived through the depression of the 1930s, the terror of the Second World War and the post-1945 consensus, Harry here presents a lyrical, searing modern invective that shows what the past can teach us, and how the future is ours for the taking.

Spotlight:

Tampa

by Alissa Nutting

Celeste Price is an eighth-grade English teacher in suburban Tampa. She is attractive. She drives a red Corvette. Her husband, Ford, is rich, square-jawed and devoted to her. But Celeste has a secret. She has a singular sexual obsession - fourteen-year-old boys. It is a craving she pursues with sociopathic meticulousness and forethought. Within weeks of her first term at a new school, Celeste has lured the charmingly modest Jack Patrick into her web - car rides after dark, rendezvous at Jack's house while his single father works the late shift, and body-slamming encounters in Celeste's empty classroom between periods. It is bliss.

Celeste must constantly confront the forces threatening their affair - the perpetual risk of exposure, Jack's father's own attraction to her, and the ticking clock as Jack leaves innocent boyhood behind. But the insatiable Celeste is remorseless. She deceives everyone, is close to no one and cares little for anything but her pleasure.

With crackling, stampeding, rampantly sexualized prose, Tampa is a grand, satirical, serio-comic examination of desire and a scorching literary debut.

Spotlight:

Through the Woods

by Emily Carroll

'It came from the woods. Most strange things do.'

Five mysterious, spine-tingling stories follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss.

These chilling tales spring from the macabre imagination of acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll.

Come take a walk in the woods and see what awaits you there...

Spotlight:

The War of the Four Isles: The Ship Kings 3

by Andrew McGahan

'The ancient mapmaker had inscribed a warning within the great empty shadow on his chart, words that echoed down to Dow from half a thousand years before.

Here be whales in great number.

And here be monsters of the deep that riseth to feast upon them.'


Nearly three years have passed since Dow Amber escaped the ruin of the Twelfth Kingdom. In that time, war has raged across the Four Isles, but Dow himself has been hidden away by his Twin Islands hosts, relegated to a backwater of the war in the company of the beguiling Cassandra.

But when word reaches Dow that Ignella of the Cave has been imprisoned on the infamous Ship Kings dungeon-isle of Banishment, he can be patient no longer. He sets forth on an epic voyage that will take him halfway around the world -- defying storm and monster, betrayal and despair -- to the heart of the greatest battle of the age, and to the discovery at last of his true purpose upon the high seas.

The War of the Four Isles is the third volume in Andrew McGahan's momentous Ship Kings series.

Spotlight:

One Minute's Silence

by David Metzenthen, illustrated by Michael Camilleri

In one minute of silence you can imagine sprinting up the beach in Gallipoli in 1915 with the fierce fighting Diggers, but can you imagine standing beside the brave battling Turks as they defended their homeland from the cliffs above...

In the silence that follows a war long gone, you can see what the soldiers saw, you can feel what the soldiers felt. And if you try, you might be able to imagine the enemy, and see that he is not so different from you...

In One Minute's Silence, you are the story, and the story is yours - to imagine, remember and honour the brothers in arms on both sides of the conflict, heroes who shed their blood and lost their lives.

A moving and powerful reflection on the meaning of Remembrance Day.

Spotlight:

The Good Fight

by Wayne Swan

Praise for Swan?s handling of the economy

?Wayne Swan?s judgment and decisiveness, in international terms, must rank a high distinction.? - Paul Keating

?One of the most impressive economic policies I have seen, ever.? - Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel laureate

A very personal account of an extraordinary period in Australian politics.

Despite the divisions within the Labor Party as the Rudd government fell into disunity and as Julia Gillard was undermined by disloyalty from within, Wayne Swan steered the Australian economy through a time of unprecedented international economic challenges.

He tells how he nurtured an economy that was the envy of the world, standing up to an opposition and a business elite who fought fiercely against Labor's political agenda. In the face of bitter attacks by vested interests - from the miners and big polluters, to the hotels and clubs industry and, of course, sections of the media - much important nation changing legislation was wrangled through the parliament.

This is a story that can only be told from the inside. It provides unique access to the decision making of a government whose legacy of economic management and social change is still to be fully recognised.

Spotlight:

Sell Up, Pack Up and Take Off

by Stephen Wyatt and Colleen Ryan

Whether you're 40-plus and feeling burnt out, or 50-plus and approaching retirement, this is the perfect book for you. Find out how to live an exciting and comfortable but cheaper life overseas - on a long term or trial basis.

Sell Up, Pack Up and Take Off tells you about people who are living the dream in Asia and Europe, making their dollar go further - with better houses, a better social life, more luxury and more adventure.

And you can do it too. In this book you'll discover the pros and cons of the great countries you can live in at a quarter of the cost of Australia; the tricks of buying or renting a house; how to get a visa; and how to manage your health insurance, pension, super and tax.

Now that 60 is the new 40, it's time to get positive and go for it. A better life is yours for the taking.

Spotlight:

Mothers and Daughters

by Kylie Ladd

Four mothers. Four teenage daughters.

An isolated tropical paradise with no internet or mobile phone reception.

What could possibly go wrong?

There's tension, bitchiness, bullying, sex, drunken confessions, bad behaviour and breakdowns - and wait till you see what the teenagers get up to...

How can we let our daughters go to forge lives of their own when what we most want to do is hold them close and never let them go? How do we let them grow and keep them protected from the dark things in the world at the same time? And how can mothers and daughters navigate the troubled, stormy waters of adolescence without hurting themselves and each other? A clear-eyed, insightful and wildly entertaining look into the complicated, emotional world of mothers and daughters by the acclaimed author of Into My Arms, Last Summer and After the Fall.

A sure-fire hit from a writer who's been steadily building fans and critical acclaim and is ready to explode on to the bestseller lists.

'...a strong, intelligent, subtle and wise new voice...being compared with Christos Tsiolkas, Malcolm Knox and Helen Garner....' Booktopia

Spotlight:

This Picture of You

by Sarah Hopkins

'A family drama with the page-turning power of a suspense thriller, This Picture of You is a book I read in one sitting. I had other things to do, but I couldn't get away.' MALCOLM KNOX, author of The Life

Martin and Maggie, a judge and an artist, have forged a life together for thirty-seven years. They have a son who is a successful lawyer and a grandson to dote on. Life is good, comfortable, familiar.

But one day Martin leaves a family lunch and drives to a suburb miles away, to a particular house in a particular street, where an accident triggers a chain of events. No one knows why he was there - not even Martin himself - and as his mind starts unravelling, it is left to Maggie to discover what in Martin's past is troubling him, and where it is going to take them.

While Maggie pieces together the events leading up to the accident, Martin takes refuge in a single memory, a night in New York almost forty years ago - the night he and Maggie met. As Martin's mind spirals inward, the fabric that has been holding his lifetime of secrets at bay begins to fray. In his efforts to protect his family from the mistakes in his past, has Martin damned his son to the fate of repeating them?

This Picture of You is a searing story of love and betrayal, a gripping portrait of a family and the history that threatens to tear it apart at the seams.

Spotlight:

Rain Dance

by Karen Wood

'You should come to the drought-relief fundraiser,' Kaydon said to Holly. 'It's a big fancy ball, heaps of fun.' Boy, could this girl use some fun. And some rump steak.

Holly shook her head.

Kaydon gave up. Trying to make her smile was like doing a rain dance. There were clouds and rumblings, and a sprinkle here and there. But no amount of fancy footwork was going to make it happen for real.


Holly Harvey doesn't want to move to Gunnedah, far from her friends and her home near the beach. And she's a vegetarian, so living on a beef property, with cattle yards, polo ponies and pig-shooting, makes it even worse. She and Kaydon are worlds apart - until a fight breaks out at the fundraising ball.

Another addictive romance from the author of Jumping Fences.

Spotlight:

How to Save the Universe in Ten Easy Steps

by Allison Rushby

Cooper can't believe that he and Molly are related, let alone twins. They are so different! He loves junk food. She calls it empty calories. He likes to crack jokes. She was born without a sense of humour. He's busy making plans for his gross-out tenth birthday party while Molly would rather take their dog, Jack, for a healthy walk.

Their differences don't make sense. Until Molly tells him she's an alien who has been sent to protect Cooper and help him fulfil his destiny because one day he's going to save the universe. Cooper thinks Molly must be setting him up on some kind of prank TV show. Maybe she's got a sense of humour after all?

But then intergalactic bounty hunters arrive in Peregrination (population: 203) and strange things start happening to Cooper. Either he's crazy or he really is in danger. And if he is in danger, so is the universe ...

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