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Victorian Premier's Literary Awards



Damascus [Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2020 - Prize For Fiction]
TsiolkasChristos, 1965-

"'They kill us, they crucify us, they throw us to beasts in the arena, they sew our lips together and watch us starve. They bugger children in front of fathers and violate men before the eyes of their wives. The temple priests flay us openly in the streets and the Judeans stone us. 


Sea people : in search of the ancient navigators of the Pacific

Sea people : in search of the ancient navigators of the Pacific [Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2020 - Prize For Non Fiction]
Thompson, Christina

For more than a millennium, Polynesians have occupied the remotest islands in the Pacific Ocean, a vast triangle stretching from Hawaii to New Zealand to Easter Island. Until the arrival of European explorers they were the only people to have ever lived there. 


How it feels to float

How it feels to float [Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2020 - Prize For Young Adults]

Biz knows how to float. She has her people, her posse, her mom and the twins. She has Grace. And she has her dad, who tells her about the little kid she was, who loves her so hard, and who shouldn't be here but is. So Biz doesn't tell anyone anything. 


The girls : a memoir of family, grief and sexuality

The girls : a memoir of family, grief and sexuality [Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2020 - People's Choice]

In 2005, Chloe Higgins was seventeen years old. She and her mother, Rhonda, stayed home so that she could revise for her exams while her two younger sisters Carlie and Lisa went skiing with their father.

Women's Prize For Fiction



Dominicana [Women's Prize For Fiction - Shortlist 2020]
Cruz, Angie

Fifteen-year-old Ana Canción never dreamed of moving to America, the way the girls she grew up with in the Dominican countryside did. But when Juan Ruiz proposes and promises to take her to New York City, she has to say yes.


Girl, woman, other

Girl, woman, other [Women's Prize For Fiction - Shortlist 2020]
Evaristo, Bernardine, 1959-

Welcome to Newcastle, 1905. Ten-year-old Grace is an orphan dreaming of the mysterious African father she will never meet. Cornwall, 1953. Winsome is a young bride, recently arrived from Barbados, realising the man she married might be a fool. London, 1980.


The mirror & the light

The mirror & the light [Women's Prize For Fiction - Shortlist 2020]
Mantel, Hilary, 1952-Wolf Hall trilogy ; 3

If you cannot speak truth at a beheading, when can you speak it?' England, May 1536. Anne Boleyn is dead, decapitated in the space of a heartbeat by a hired French executioner. As her remains are bundled into oblivion, Thomas Cromwell breakfasts with the victors. 



Hamnet [Women's Prize For Fiction - Winner 2020]
O'Farrell, Maggie, 1972-

Warwickshire in the 1580s. Agnes is a woman as feared as she is sought after for her unusual gifts. She settles with her husband in Henley Street, Stratford, and has three children: a daughter, Susanna, and then twins, Hamnet and Judith. The boy, Hamnet, dies in 1596, aged eleven.


Weather : a novel

Weather : a novel [Women's Prize For Fiction - Shortlist 2020]
OffillJenny, 1968-

"Lizzie Benson slid into her job as a librarian without a traditional degree. But this gives her a vantage point from which to practice her other calling: she is a fake shrink. For years, she has tended to her God-haunted mother and her recovering addict brother.

Stella Prize


See what you made me do : power, control and domestic abuse

See what you made me do : power, control and domestic abuse [Stella Prize Winner 2020]
Hill, Jess

Women are abused or killed by their partners at astonishing rates- in Australia, almost 17 per cent of women over the age of fifteen - one in six - have been abused by an intimate partner. 

Vogel Prize

A treacherous country

A treacherous country [Vogel Prize Winner 2020]
Kruimink, K. M.

There is a woman, somewhere, here, in Van Diemen's Land, unless she had died or otherwise departed, called Maryanne Maginn. Gabriel Fox, the young son of an old English house, arrives in a land both ancient and new.

Miles Franklin Prize

The white girl

The white girl [Miles Franklin Literary Award 2020 - Longlist]
Birch, Tony, 1957-

This novel explores the lengths we will go to in order to save the people we love. Odette Brown has lived her whole life on the fringes of a small country town.


Room for a stranger

Room for a stranger [Miles Franklin Literary Award 2020 - Longlist]

Since her sister died, Meg has been on her own. She doesn't mind, not really--not with Atticus, her African grey parrot, to keep her company--but after her house is broken into by a knife-wielding intruder, she decides it might be good to have some company after all.



Islands [Miles Franklin Literary Award 2020 - Longlist]

"There was a house on a hill in the city and it was full of us, our family, but then it began to empty. We fell out. We made a mess. We draped ourselves in blame and disappointment and lurched around, bumping into each other. Some of us wailed and shouted; some of us barely made a sound. 


No one

No one [Miles Franklin Literary Award 2020 - Longlist]
HughesJohn, 1961-

In the ghost hours of a Monday morning a man feels a dull thud against the side of his car near the entrance to Redfern Station. He doesn't stop immediately.


Act of grace

Act of grace [Miles Franklin Literary Award 2020 - Longlist]

Iraqi aspiring pianist Nasim falls from favour with Saddam Hussein and his psychopathic son, triggering a perilous search for safety. In Australia, decades later, Gerry is in fear of his tyrannical father, Toohey, who has returned from the Iraq War bearing the physical and psychological scars ...


A season on Earth

A season on Earth  [Miles Franklin Literary Award 2020 - Longlist]
MurnaneGerald, 1939-

In 1976 William Heinemann published Gerald Murnane’s second novel, A Lifetime on Clouds. In the book’s originally published two parts, the protagonist Adrian Sherd, a student at a Catholic high school in Melbourne, escapes his dreary, outer-suburban life through a set of imagined erotic adventures.


The returns : a novel

The returns : a novel  [Miles Franklin Literary Award 2020 - Longlist]
SalomPhilip, 1950-

Elizabeth posts a 'room for rent' notice in Trevor's bookshop and is caught off-guard when Trevor answers the ad himself. She expected a young student not a middle-aged bookseller whose marriage has fallen apart. 


Exploded view

Exploded view [Miles Franklin Literary Award 2020 - Longlist]
TiffanyCarrie, 1965-

A dangerous man moves in with a mother and her two adolescent children. The man runs an unlicensed mechanic's workshop at the back of their property. The girl resists the man with silence, and finally with sabotage.


The yield

The yield  [Miles Franklin Literary Award 2020 - Winner]
WinchTara June

Theyield in English is the reaping, the things that man can take from the land. In the language of the Wiradjuri yield is the things you give to, the movement, the space between things: baayanha. Knowing that he will soon die, Albert 'Poppy' Gondiwindi takes pen to paper.


The weekend [electronic resource]

The weekend [Miles Franklin Literary Award 2020 - Longlist]
WoodCharlotte, 1965-

People went on about death bringing friends together, but it wasn't true. The graveyard, the stony dirt - that's what it was like now . . . Despite the three women knowing each other better than their own siblings, Sylvie's death had opened up strange caverns of distance between them. 

Readings Young Adult Prize

Ghost bird

Ghost bird [Readings Young Adult Book Prize 2020 - Winner]

An intriguing and gripping Young Adult novel by the winner of the David Unaipon award. 'Remember daughter, the world is a lot bigger than anyone knows. There are things that science may never explain. Maybe some things that shouldn't be explained.' 

Pulitzer Prize

The nickel boys

The nickel boys [Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2020 - Winner]
WhiteheadColson, 1969-

As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart: He is as good as anyone. Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother, Elwood is about to enrol in the local black college.


Sontag : her life and work

Sontag : her life and work [Pulitzer Prize for Biography 2020 - Winner]

"Benjamin Moser's Sontag, a biography of Susan Sontag, is a portrait of the iconoclastic and prolific essayist, novelist, and critic andher role in the history of American intellectualism" --


Undying: A Meditation On Modern Illness [paperback]

Undying: A Meditation On Modern Illness [Pulitzer Prize for Non Fiction 2020 - Co-Winner]



The end of the myth : from the frontier to the border wall in the mind of America

The end of the myth : from the frontier to the border wall in the mind of America [Pulitzer Prize for Non Fiction 2020 - Co-Winner]
Grandin, Greg, 1962-

"Ever since this nation's founding, the idea of an open and ever-expanding frontier has been central to American identity. Symbolizing a future of endless promise, the frontier made possible the United States' belief in itself as an exceptional nation.

Australian Book Industry Awards

The whole fish cookbook : new ways to cook, eat and think

The whole fish cookbook : new ways to cookeat and think [ABIA Illustrated Book of the Year 2020 - Winner]

We all want to eat more fish, but who wants to bother spending the time, effort and money cooking that same old salmon fillet on repeat when you could be trying something new and utterly delicious?

YA Book Prize Winner

Meat market

Meat market [YA Book Prize (UK) 2020 - Winner]
Dawson, Juno
Jana Novak's history sounds like a classic model cliché: tall and gangly, she's uncomfortable with her androgynous looks until she's unexpectedly scouted and catapulted to superstardom. But the fashion industry is as grimy as it is glamorous. And there are unexpected predators at every turn.



Dylan Thomas Prize

Lot : stories

Lot : stories [Dylan Thomas Prize 2020 - Winner]
Washington, Bryan, 1993-
"In the city of Houston - a sprawling, diverse microcosm of America - the son of a black mother and a Latino father is coming of age. He's working at his family's restaurant, weathering his brother's blows, resenting his older sister's absence. And discovering he likes boys.


Walter Scott Prize

The narrow land

The narrow land [Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2020 - Winner]
HickeyChristine Dwyer

1950: late summer season on Cape Cod. Michael, a ten-year-old boy, is spending the summer with Richie and his glamorous but troubled mother. Left to their own devices, the boys meet a couple - the artists Jo and Edward Hopper - and an unlikely friendship is forged.


Windham Campbell Prize


Axiomatic [Windham Campbell for Non Fiction 2020 - Winner]
Tumarkin, Maria

This boundary-shifting fusion of thinking, storytelling, and meditation takes as its starting point five axioms.

Booker Prize

The New Wilderness [hardback]

The New Wilderness [Booker Prize 2020 - Longlist]

Helen Phillips meets Miranda July in this daring and imaginative debut novel that explores a moving mother-daughter relationship in a world ravaged by climate change and overpopulation, a suspenseful second book from the author of the acclaimed story collection, Man V. Nature.


This mournable body

This mournable body [Booker Prize 2020 - Longlist]
Dangarembga, TsitsiNervous conditions ; 3

"Anxious about her prospects after leaving a stagnant job, Tambudzai finds herself living in a run-down youth hostel in downtown Harare. For reasons that include her grim financial prospects and her age, she moves to a widow's boarding house and eventually finds work as a biology teacher. 


Burnt Sugar [hardback]

Burnt Sugar [Booker Prize 2020 - Longlist]

This is a love story and it is a story about betrayal. But not between lovers - between mother and daughter. Sharp as a blade and laced with caustic wit, Burnt Sugar unpicks the slippery, choking cord of memory and myth that binds two women together, making and unmaking them endlessly.


Who They Was [paperback]

Who They Was [Booker Prize 2020 - Longlist]

Who They Was is an electrifying autobiographical British novel: a debut that truly breaks new ground and shines a light on lives that run on parallel, but wildly different tracks.


Apeirogon : a novel

Apeirogon : a novel [Booker Prize 2020 - Longlist]
McCannColum, 1965-

Rami Elhanan and Bassam Aramin live near one another - yet they exist worlds apart. Rami is Israeli. Bassam is Palestinian. Rami's license plate is yellow. Bassam's license plate is green. It takes Rami fifteen minutes to drive to the West Bank. 


The shadow king : a novel

The shadow king : a novel [Booker Prize 2020 - Longlist]

With the threat of Mussolini's army looming, recently orphaned Hirut struggles to adapt to her new life as a maid in Kidane and his wife Aster's household. Kidane, an officer in Emperor Haile Selassie's army, rushes to mobilize his strongest men before the Italians invade.


Such a fun age

Such a fun age [Booker Prize 2020 - Longlist]
Reid, Kiley

Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living showing other women how to do the same. A mother to two small girls, she started out as a blogger and has quickly built herself into a confidence-driven brand. 


Real life

Real life [Booker Prize 2020 - Longlist]
TaylorBrandon (Brandon L. G.)

"A novel of rare emotional power that excavates the social intricacies of a late-summer weekend -- and a lifetime of buried pain. Almost everything about Wallace, an introverted African-American transplant from Alabama, is at odds with the lakeside Midwestern university town where he is working toward a biochem degree.


Redhead by the side of the road

Redhead by the side of the road [Booker Prize 2020 - Longlist]

Micah Mortimer isn't the most polished person you'll ever meet. His numerous sisters and in-laws regard him oddly but very fondly, but he has his ways and means of navigating the world. He measures out his days running errands for work - his TECH HERMIT sign cheerily displayed on the roof...


Shuggie Bain

Shuggie Bain [Booker Prize 2020 - Longlist]

Hugh "ShuggieBain, is a sweet and lonely boy who spends his 1980s childhood in run-down public housing in Glasgow, Scotland. Thatcher's policies have put husbands and sons out of work, and the city's notorious drugs epidemic is waiting in the wings.


Love and other thought experiments

Love and other thought experiments [Booker Prize 2020 - Longlist]

"Rachel and Eliza, a married couple planning to have a baby together with their friends Hal and Greg. The experience brings the women even closer together until one night Rachel wakes in great distress, believing that an ant has crawled into her eye - and Eliza doesn't believe her.


How much of these hills is gold

How much of these hills is gold [Booker Prize 2020 - Longlist]
ZhangC Pam

An electric debut novel set against the twilight of the American gold rush, two siblings are on the run in an unforgiving landscape-trying not just to survive but to find a home. Ba dies in the night; Ma is already gone.


The discomfort of evening

The discomfort of evening [International Booker Prize 2020 - Winner]
Rijneveld, Marieke Lucas

"Jas lives with her devout farming family in the rural Netherlands. One winter's day, her older brother joins an ice skating trip; resentful at being left alone, she makes a perverse plea to God; he never returns.


Hugo Award

A memory called Empire

A memory called Empire [Hugo Award for Science Fiction 2020 - Winner]
Martine, ArkadyTeixcalaan ; 1.

During a time of political instability in the highest echelons of the imperial court, Ambassador Mahit Dzmare arrives in the center of the multi-system Teixcalaanli Empire only to discover that her predecessor, the previous ambassador from their small but fiercely independent mining Station has died.

Caine Prize for African Writing


Nudibranch [Caine Prize for African Writing 2020 - Winner]
Okojie, Irenosen

NUDIBRANCH is Irenosen Okojie's second collection of short stories, a follow up to SPEAK GIGANTULAR. The collection focuses on offbeat characters caught up in extraordinary situations.

New South Wales Premier's History Award

Bedlam at Botany Bay

Bedlam at Botany Bay [NSW Premier's History Award for Australian History 2020 - Winner]
Dunk, James

What happened when people went mad in the fledgling colony of New South Wales? In this important new history of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, we find out through the correspondence of tireless colonial secretaries, the brazen language of lawyers and judges...

Queensland Book of The Year - People's Choice Award


A lifetime of impossible days

A lifetime of impossible days [Queensland Book of The Year People's Choice 2020 - Winner]
Bird, Tabitha

An uplifting and magical story of childhood, family and finding ways to change the inevitable . . . Meet Willa Waters, aged 8 . . . 33 . . . and 93. 


QLD Literary Award


Lucky ticket

Lucky ticket [QLD literary Award - Steele Rudd Award 2020 - Winner]

Fortunes rise and fall. One day you have a luckyticket and get a dinner so good and you eat so much that you think you'll never need to eat again. 


Olive Cotton : a life in photography

Olive Cotton : a life in photography [QLD literary Award for Non Fiction Award 2020 - Winner]
Ennis, Helen

Biography of leading Australian modernist photographer OliveCotton, covering her life through childhood, early marriage to fellow photographer Max Dupain and her successful commercial work of the 1930s to her second marriage and life in rural NSW, bringing up children and continuing to work ...



Heide [QLD literary Award - Judith Wright Calanthe Award 2020 - Winner]
Pi O, 1951-

The third volume in Pi O.'s epic trilogy, after 24 Hours and Fitzroy: The Biography, and the first to be published by a trade publisher for national distribution. Heide is an epic poem about history, painting, painters, patrons and the people who made art happen in Australia...


Stone sky gold mountain

Stone sky gold mountain [QLD literary Award for Fiction Award 2020 - Winner]
Riwoe, Mirandi

"Tragic family circumstances force siblings Ying and Lai Yue to flee their home in China to seek their fortunes in North Queensland. Life on the gold fields is hard, and they soon abandon the diggings and head to nearby Maytown. 

James Tait Black Memorial Prize

Ducks, Newburyport

DucksNewburyport [James Tait Black Prize For Fiction Award 2020 - Winner]
Ellmann, Lucy, 1956-

"Latticing one cherry pie after another, an Ohio housewife tries to bridge the gaps between reality and the torrent of meaningless info that is the United States of America. She worries about her children, her dead parents, African elephants, the bedroom rituals of 'happy couples'...


Wainwright Prize for UK Nature Writing

Diary of a Young Naturalist [hardback]

Diary of a Young Naturalist [hardback] [Wainwright Prize for UK Nature Writing Award 2020 - Winner]

DiaryofaYoungNaturalist chronicles the turning of 15-year-old Dara McAnulty's world. From spring and through a year in his home patch in Northern Ireland, Dara spent the seasons writing.


National Biography Award

Tiberius with a telephone : the life and stories of William McMahon

Tiberius with a telephone : the life and stories of William McMahon [National Biography Award 2020 - Winner]
Mullins, Patrick
William McMahon was a significant, if widely derided and disliked, figure in Australian politics in the second half of the twentieth century. 


Colin Roderick Award

Paper emperors : the rise of Australia's newspaper empires

Paper emperors : the rise of Australia's newspaper empires [Colin Roderick Award 2020 - Winner]

A corporate and political history of Australian newspapers spanning 140 years, this book explains how Australia's media system came to be dominated by a handful ofempires and powerful family dynasties. Many are household names, even now: Murdoch, Fairfax, Symes, Packer.

Davitt Awards

The trespassers
The trespassers [Davitt Award for Best Adult Crime Novel 2020 - Winner]

A literary murder mystery with a speculative edge, this novel explores the limits of courage, the consequences of greed, and the way unlikely strangers can become people we hold dear. 


Banking bad

Banking bad [Davitt Award for Best Non Fiction Crime Novel 2020 - Winner]

In Banking BadAdele Ferguson traces the origins of the banking scandal to the early 1990s, when buckets of money began pouring into compulsory superannuation funds, set up by Labor Treasurer Paul Keating.


The Arthur C. Clarke Award


The Old Drift

The Old Drift [Arthur C. Clarke Award for Science Fiction 2020 - Winner]
Serpell, Namwali, 1980-

On the banks of the Zambezi River, a few miles from the majestic Victoria Falls, there was once a colonial settlement called TheOldDrift. Here begins the epic story of a small African nation, told by a mysterious swarm-like chorus that calls itself man’s greatest nemesis.


Ned Kelly Award


 The wife and the widow [Paperback]

The wife and the widow [Paperback] [Ned Kelly Award for Crime Fiction 2020 - Winner]
White, Christian

"Set against the backdrop of an eerie island town in the dead of winter, The Wife and The Widow is an unsettling thriller told from two perspectives: Kate, a widow whose grief is compounded by what she learns about her dead husband's secret life; and Abby, an island local whose ...


Bowraville [Paperback]

Bowraville [Paperback] [Ned Kelly Award for Best True Crime 2020 - Winner]
Box, Dan

A true crime story cannot often be believed, at least at the beginning. In Bowraville, all three of the victims were Aboriginal. All three were killed within five months, between 1990 and 1991. The same white man was linked to each, but nobody was convicted.


Present tense [Paperback]

Present tense [Paperback] [Ned Kelly Award for Best Debut Crime Fiction 2020 - Winner]
Conyer, NatalieA Schalk Lourens mystery

Veteran cop Schalk Lourens wants a quiet life. Like the rest of the country, he's trying to put the past behind him. But the past has a way of hanging on, and when Schalk's old boss, retired police captain Piet Pieterse is murdered, Schalk must confront old demons.


The Chain [Paperback]

The Chain [Paperback] [Ned Kelly Award for Best International Crime Fiction 2020 - Winner]
McKinty, Adrian
The morning starts like any other. Rachel Klein drops her daughter, Kylie, at the bus stop and heads into her day. But then a phone call changes everything. A woman has Kylie bound and gagged in her back seat, and the only way Rachel will ever see her again is if she pays a ransom...