The 2015 NSW Premier's Literary Awards

We are absolutely thrilled to report that the following titles have been shortlisted for this year's NSW Premier's Literary Awards:

Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction
In My Mother's Hands by Biff Ward

Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Literature
Rivertime by Trace Balla
The Duck and the Darklings by Glenda Millard and Stephen Michael King
Ethel Turner Prize for Young Adult's Literature
Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier
Cracked by Clare Strahan

2015 Community Relations Commission for Multicultural NSW
I, Migrant by Sami Shah

The winners will be announced at a presentation at the State Library of NSW on Monday, May 18.

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In My Mother's Hands

by Biff Ward

Poignant and moving memoir of Elizabeth Ward, known to one and all as Biff, who grew up in the 1950s in a household that tiptoed around her mother's demons and her father's fame.

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by Trace Balla

A gentle and beautiful book about slowing down and growing up, set on Australia's Glenelg River and featuring a ten-year-old boy and his uncle.

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The Duck and the Darklings

by Glenda Millard and Stephen Michael King

Peterboy wants to find something special for his grandfather, but he finds a fallen duck in need of care. This is an extraordinary and totally enchanting story of friendship, hope and joy from two very talented, award-winning picture-book makers.

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by Justine Larbalestier

Kelpie and Dymphna are accustomed to the mean streets of 1930s Sydney, but this is a day that will test their courage, their loyalty, and their ability to survive both the ill-intentions of the living and the ever-presence of the dead.

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by Clare Strahan

A wonderful debut novel that captures the essence of real, messy teenage lives: of action and consequence, of poor choices and fragile friendships, of standing up for what is right, and the attempt to make sense of a world when everything feels like it's falling apart.

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