Allen & Unwin is delighted to announce that Joan Beaumont has won this year's Asher Literary Award for her book Broken Nation. The Asher Literary Award is awarded biennially to a female author whose work has an antiwar theme.
Beaumont was announced as the winner of the $12,000 award at an event in Sydney on 8 December, hosted by the Australian Society of Authors (ASA). Broken Nation has been shortlisted for numerous other prizes and was a joint winner of the Prime Minister's Literary Award for History, as well as winning the NSW Premier's Australian History Prize.
The judging panel, Tegan Bennett Daylight, Tony Birch and Charlotte Wood, said 'Broken Nation combines authority with a richly human approach - telling the story of Australian participation in and response to the Great War in prose that is measured but full of meaning and energy. Beaumont's ability to move between the intimacy of battle and grief and the grand historical narrative of Australian soldiers at war is masterful. Bringing together the scale and ambition of this scholarship with the elegance, immediacy and emotional power of her writing is no small achievement but Beaumont makes it seem effortless.'