Prime Minister’s Literary Awards winners

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The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards are given to living authors who are Australian citizens or permanent residents. The winners in the two categories, Fiction and Non-fiction, each receive a cool $100,000.

Winner of the fiction prize this year is Nam Le for his collection of short stories, The Boat. Le has enjoyed great success with this debut collection : he also won the Dylan Thomas Prize for Young Writers, the NSW Premier’s Book of the Year, SMH Best Young Novelist and the Australian Book Industry Newcomer of the Year awards, among others.

This year the Non-fiction prize has been shared between two books, three authors : Evelyn Juers book about Heinrich Mann, brother of the famous German writer Thomas Mann, House of Exile : the life and times of Heinrich Mann and Nelly Kroeger-Mann and Marilyn Lake and Henry Reynolds book, Drawing the Global Colour Line : white men’s countries and the question of racial equallity which is about the Australian immigration experience.

I’ve got an unread copy of The boat on my bookshelf. I’m sure I bought it because I thought it was on a book group reading list but neither group does. I’ll have to give it a go now.

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  1. Heidi, I absolutely LOVE The Boat, one of my favourites of the last few years! Interested to know what you make of it, have given it as a gift to both my best friend and my dad – haven't heard back from him but my friend was not a fan… see you Sat :)Katie

  2. Heidi,702 radio book group read THE BOAT and everyone that rang in gushed about it. I decided I would leave it for a while to forget their comments and then read it.PS I wish to bring it to everyones attention that this award is for LIVING AUTHORS. With our record of killing off authors as we read their books I would like to suggest we leave Nam Le alone to contine to write.Catherine

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