Prime Minister’s Literary Awards Shortlist 2016

The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlist for 2016 has been announced.

The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the Arts Minister Senator Mitch Fifield have announced the shortlists for the 2016 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards.

Thirty books have been recognised across the six award categories.

The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards celebrate outstanding literary talent in Australia and the valuable contribution Australian literature and history makes to the nation’s cultural and intellectual life.

Shortlisted Books & Categories


Forever Young by Steven Carroll (HarperCollins Publishers)
The Life of Houses by Lisa Gorton (Giramondo)
The World Repair Video Game by David Ireland AM (Island Magazine Inc.)
Quicksand by Steve Toltz (Penguin)
The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood (Allen & Unwin)


Net Needle by Robert Adamson (Black Inc.)
Cocky’s Joy by Michael Farrell (Giramondo)
The Hazards by Sarah Holland-Batt (University of Queensland Press)
Waiting for the Past by Les Murray AO (Black Inc.)
The Ladder by Simon West (Puncher & Wattmann)


Tom Roberts and the Art of Portraiture by Julie Cotter (Thames & Hudson)
On Stalin’s Team: the Years of Living Dangerously in Soviet Politics by Sheila Fitzpatrick (MUP)
Thea Astley: Inventing her own Weather by Karen Lamb (University of Queensland Press)
Second Half First by Drusilla Modjeska (Penguin Random House Australia)
Island Home by Tim Winton (Penguin)

Prize for Australian History

The Story of Australia’s People. The Rise and Fall of Ancient Australia by Geoffrey Blainey AO (Penguin)
Let My People Go: the Untold Story of Australia and the Soviet Jews 1959–89 by Sam Lipski and Suzanne D Rutland (Hybrid Publishers)
Red Professor: the Cold War Life of Fred Rose by Peter Monteath and Valerie Munt (Wakefield Press )
Ned Kelly: A Lawless Life by Doug Morrissey (Connor Court Publishing)
The War with Germany: Volume III—The Centenary History of Australia and the Great War by Robert Stevenson (Oxford University Press)

Young Adult fiction

Becoming Kirrali Lewis by Jane Harrison (Magabala Books)
Illuminae: The Illuminae Files _01 by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)
A Single Stone by Meg McKinlay (Walker Books Australia)
Inbetween Days by Vikki Wakefield (Text Publishing)
Green Valentine by Lili Wilkinson (Allen & Unwin)

Children’s fiction

Adelaide’s Secret World by Elise Hurst (Allen & Unwin)
Sister Heart by Sally Morgan (Fremantle Press)
Perfect by Danny Parker and illustrated by Freya Blackwood (Hardie Grant Egmont)
The Greatest Gatsby : A Visual Book of Grammar by Tohby Riddle (Penguin Random House Australia)
Mr Huff by Anna Walker (Penguin Random House Australia)