We’re absolutely thrilled to find we’ve got three of the six books up for this prize, with our two 2014 Miles Franklin longlisters – Ashley Hay’s The Railwayman’s Wife and Trevor Shearston’s Game joined by last year’s Miles Franklin and Prime Minister’s Literary Award winner, Michelle de Kretser’s Questions of Travel. These three are joined by The Secret Lives of Men by Georgia Blain, The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan and The Swan Book by Alexis Wright. Here’s some of the highlights of the judge’s comments:
Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature
On the Children’s shortlist we are delighted to see the Indigenous title by Mark Greenwood and Terry Denton Jandamarra recognised again, along with Catherine Jinks’ A Very Unusual Pursuit. Both these titles are also on the CBCA awards shortlist, so a good week for Catherine, Mark and Terry! Judges comments below:
Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature
Already a multiple award winner, of particular note the Gold Inky Award (voted for by young readers) as well as the 2013 Children’s Peace Literature Awards and 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, it is delightful to see Barry Jonsberg’s My Life As an Alphabet continues to pick up accolades!
It is another shortlisted for the CBCA awards, interestingly in the younger readers category alongside the two books mentioned above!
And while all this is happening for Barry, the rave reader reviews are already starting to flow in for his next book Pandora Jones: Admission, which comes out next month – check out the chilling trailer.