2020 Prime Minister's Literary Awards shortlists


We are pleased to announce that the following titles have been shortlisted for the 2020 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards!

NON-FICTION

  • Songspirals by Gay’wu Group of Women


YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE

  • The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim
  • The Honeyman and the Hunter by Neil Grant
  • When the Ground is Hard by Malla Nunn


CHILDREN'S LITERATURE

  • Cheeky Dogs: To Lake Nash and Back by Dion Beasley and Johanna Bell


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.

The winners of the awards will be announced later this year, more information can be found on here.

When the Ground is Hard

by Malla Nunn

This CBCA short-listed book is a stunning and heartrending mystery set in a Swaziland boarding school about two girls of different castes who bond over a shared copy of Jane Eyre.

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Cheeky Dogs: To Lake Nash and Back

by Dion Beasley and Johanna Bell

In this exuberant illustrated memoir, action-packed images and poetic words trace Dion Beasley's fascination with cheeky dogs and his unconventional journey into the world of contemporary art.

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The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling

by Wai Chim

A novel about growing up in a migrant Asian family with a mother who is suffering from a mental illness, from the highly commended author of Freedom Swimmer.

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The Honeyman and the Hunter

by Neil Grant

Rudra is an Indian-Australian boy at a crossroads, poised to step into the world of adulthood and to discover his cultural heritage and how that might truly define him. A wonderful exploration of dual heritage, cultural identity, family and the power of storytelling.

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Songspirals

by Gay'wu Group of Women

A rare opportunity to connect with the living tradition of women's songlines, as recounted by Yolngu women from far north Australia.

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The Weekend

by Charlotte Wood

The brilliant new novel from Charlotte Wood, acclaimed author of The Natural Way of Things.

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