We are pleased to announce that the following titles have been shortlisted for the 2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards!
"Michelle de Kretser is a perfectionist in her crafting of precise sentences, exquisite imagery and subtly shifting perspectives. Her laser-beam satire sees through pretension and ignorance, while paying respect to the lost and lonely. The Life to Come portrays Australia's multi-faceted identity with tremendous wit and insight."
"Masters' detailed book tells an important story of modern warfare. This was undoubtedly a difficult book to write but the author navigates complex material with authority and humanity to present a serious and balanced account."
"This is a literary work and one where the emotions stirred by it are likely to reverberate with the reader long after the last page has been turned."
"An honest and thought-provoking celebration of human courage and resilience; the importance of family and friendship; the need to build intercultural understandings; and the hopefulness that can foster new beginnings."
"This is a book about caring for the natural world and evokes our compassion ... The story covers a short time frame but runs through a gamut of emotions and beautifully constructs a beach holiday with a difference."
"Deeply evocative, the story can be interpreted as a metaphor for the many difficult and dangerous journeys we might need to take during a lifetime. Themes of courage and resilience are reflected alongside the need to trust and support one another and hold out hope against seemingly insurmountable odds."
The Prime Minister's Literary Awards celebrate outstanding literary talent in Australia and the valuable contribution Australian writing makes to the nation's cultural and intellectual life. Up to $100,000 is awarded in each category: $80,000 for each winner and $5,000 each for shortlisted entries.
The winners of the awards will be announced later this year, more information can be found on here.