2015 Prime Minister's Literary Awards shortlists

The Prime Minister and Minister for the Arts have announced the 2015 Prime Minister's Literary Awards shortlists, and we are delighted to reveal that the following Allen & Unwin titles have been nominated:

To Name Those Lost by Rohan Wilson

Prize for Australian History
Descent into Hell by Peter Brune
The Spy Catchers: The Official History of ASIO Vol 1 by David Horner

Children's Fiction
One Minute's Silence by David Metzenthen and illustrated by Michael Camilleri

The Awards recognise exceptional literary achievement by Australian writers in fiction, non‐fiction, young adult fiction, children's fiction, poetry and Australian history.

"This is a first‐rate selection of literary and historical works, representing the depth and diversity of contemporary Australian creativity," the Prime Minister said.

"The shortlists were selected on the recommendations of three expert judging panels, who commended the 30 shortlisted books on their exploration of the Australian experience, artistic endeavour, and scholarly insight."

The Prime Minister's Literary Awards provide prizes of $80,000 in each of the six categories for winning titles and $5,000 each for the shortlisted.

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To Name Those Lost

by Rohan Wilson

From the bestselling author of The Roving Party, comes a moving father and son story set amidst the beauty and the violence of the poor and preyed upon of our colonial past.

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One Minute's Silence

by David Metzenthen, illustrated by Michael Camilleri

A moving and powerful story about the meaning of Remembrance Day, drawing on the ANZAC and Turkish battle at Gallipoli

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Descent into Hell

by Peter Brune

The definitive story of the Australian campaign in Southeast Asia during World War II from one of Australia's leading military writers.

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The Spy Catchers

by David Horner

With unprecedented access to their hitherto sealed records, this is the first volume of a remarkable official history of ASIO - a revealing and authoritative account of the early years of Australia's national security intelligence service.

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