Welcome to the Book Awards page. Here, we will keep you up-to-date on the award-winners and runners-up of prestigious awards recognised by the books industry.
Congratulations to Heather Rose for winning the Stella Prize with her novel 'The Museum of Modern Love'. This exceptional novel reimagines Marina Abramović’s 2010 performance of ‘The Artist is Present’. It is an unusual and remarkable achievement, a meditation on the social, spiritual and artistic importance of seeing and being seen, and listening for voices from the present and past that may or may not be easy to hear.Learn more
"The Sellout" by Paul Beatty was named as the winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.
A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game.
Congratulations to Charlotte Wood for winning the Stella Prize with her novel 'The Natural Way of Things'. The book tells the story of two women who awaken from a drugged sleep, to find themselves imprisoned in a broken-down property in the middle of nowhere. Strangers to each other, they have no idea where they are or how they came to be there with eight other girls, forced to wear strange uniforms, their heads shaved, guarded by two inept yet vicious armed jailers and a 'nurse'. The girls all have something in common, but what is it? What crime has brought them here from the city? Who is the mysterious security company responsible for this desolate place with its brutal rules, its total isolation from the contemporary world?Learn more
Congratulations to A S Patric for winning the prestigious Miles Franklin Award with his debut novel 'Black Rock White City'.
Black Rock White City is a novel about the damages of war, the limits of choice, and the hope of love. During a hot Melbourne summer Jovan’s cleaning work at a bayside hospital is disrupted by acts of graffiti and violence becoming increasingly malevolent. For Jovan the mysterious words that must be cleaned away dislodge the poetry of the past. He and his wife Suzana were forced to flee Sarajevo and the death of their children.
"A Brief History of Seven Killings" by Marlon James was named as the winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Inspired by this near-mythic event, "A Brief History of Seven Killings" takes the form of an imagined oral biography, told by ghosts, witnesses, killers, members of parliament, drug dealers, conmen, beauty queens, FBI and CIA agents, reporters, journalists, and even Keith Richards' drug dealer. Marlon James’s bold undertaking traverses strange landscapes and shady characters, as motivations are examined – and questions asked – in this compelling novel of monumental scope and ambition.Learn more
Congratulations to Emily Bitto for winning the Stella Prize with her novel 'The Strays'. Her book follows the sliding fortunes of the Trentham family and group of artists living together in 1930s Melbourne. Lily, the first-person narrator, is an only child bored of her own ordinary parents and drawn like a magnet into this glamorous circle. It is her best friend Eva, one of three Trentham daughters, who brings her here, but Bitto’s unravelling story is viewed through Lily’s child’s eye, as community and family fall apart around her. Through her tale of a small artistic community more than 80 years ago, Bitto looks closely at the demise of family and the impact of loss.Learn more
Congratulations to Sofie Laguna for winning the prestigious Miles Franklin Award with her novel 'The Eye of the Sheep'. Longlisted in 2009 for her debut adult novel, 'One Foot Wrong', Laguna took top honours this year for her story of a family struggling to cope with their young son who has learning difficulties.
Meet Jimmy Flick. He's not like other kids - he's both too fast and too slow. He sees too much, and too little. Jimmy's mother Paula is the only one who can manage him. She teaches him how to count sheep so that he can fall asleep. She holds him tight enough to stop his cells spinning. It is only Paula who can keep Jimmy out of his father's way. But when Jimmy's world falls apart, he has to navigate the unfathomable world on his own, and make things right.
From the Australian author, Richard Flanagan, a novel of the cruelty of war, tenuousness of life and the impossibility of love.
August, 1943. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma death railway, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever.
This savagely beautiful novel is a story about the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.