The 2021 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards Shortlists

We are delighted to announce that the following titles have been shortlisted for the 2021 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards!

Fiction:
- A Treacherous Country by K.M. Kruimink

Non-fiction:
- Flight Lines by Andrew Darby
- Truganini by Cassandra Pybus

Australian History:
- The Convict Valley by Mark Dunn
- People of the River by Grace Karskens

Children’s literature:
- The January Stars by Kate Constable
- The Stolen Prince of Cloudburst by Jaclyn Moriarty

The winners will be announced later this year.

The rest of the shortlists an more information can be found here.

 

The Stolen Prince of Cloudburst

by Jaclyn Moriarty

This CBCA Honour Book is a magical tale of mystery and adventure that proves that sometimes even ordinary middle children can be heroes, from the bestselling author of The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone and the award-winning The Slightly Alarming Tale of the Whispering Wars.

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The January Stars

by Kate Constable

This thoroughly enjoyable novel about two sisters determined to help their grandfather will delight middle fiction readers of all ages. From the author of the bestselling and much-loved novels Crow Country & Cicada Summer.

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People of the River

by Grace Karskens

A landmark history of Australia's first successful settler farming area, which was on the Hawkesbury-Nepean River. Award-winning historian Grace Karskens uncovers the everyday lives of ordinary people in the early colony, both Aboriginal and British.

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The Convict Valley

by Mark Dunn

The story of the second British penal settlement in Australia, where a notoriously brutal convict regime became the template for penal stations in other states. Mark Dunn explores relations between the white settlers and the local Aboriginal landholders, and uncovers a long forgotten massacre.

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Truganini

by Cassandra Pybus

The haunting story of an extraordinary Aboriginal woman.

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Flight Lines

by Andrew Darby

Andrew Darby follows the extraordinary migratory shorebirds from Australia's southern ocean to the Arctic and back. On these travels he explores the power of science to reveal the mysteries of these birds, and to heal both their endangered world - and unexpectedly - himself.

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A Treacherous Country

by K.M. Kruimink

The winner of the prestigious literary award that has launched over a hundred authors - The Australian/Vogel's Literary award.

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