Friday 11 April 2014

Longlists and Shortlists.

It's that time of year again when our favourite books are categorised, judged and pitted against each other for first place.

In Australia we have...

The Stella Longlist

• Letter to George Clooney - Debra Adelaide

• Moving Among Strangers - Gabrielle Carey

• Burial Rites - Hannah Kent *

• Night Games - Anna Krien *

• Mullumbimby - Melissa Lucashenko *

• The Night Guest - Fiona McFarlane *

Boy, Lost - Kristina Olsson *

The Misogyny Factor - Anne Summers

• Madeleine - Helen Trinca

• The Swan Book - Alexis Wright *

• The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka - Clare Wright * WINNER!!

• All the Birds, Singing - Evie Wyld

The Stella has now been whittled down to 6 (those highlighted in red with an *) with the winner to be announced on the 29th April.

The Miles Franklin Longlist was announced this week with some familiar names....

The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt - Tracy Farr
Mullumbimby - Melissa Lucashenko
The Night Guest - Fiona McFarlane
Belomor - Nicolas Rothwell
Game - Trevor Shearston
My Beautiful Enemy - Cory Taylor
The Swan Book - Alexis Wright
All the Birds, Singing - Evie Wyld

The shortlist will be announced on the 15th May and the overall winner on the 26th June.

The NSW Premier's Shortlist was also published.

It's a HUGE list and covers lots of different categories like poetry, non-fiction, new writing, scriptwriting, playwriting and multicultural writing. Today I will simply share the fiction and children's shortlists and if you would like to see the rest, please click here.


The Secret Lives of Men, Georgia Blain

The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan

The Railwayman's Wife, Ashley Hay

Questions of Travel, Michelle de Kretser

Game, Trevor Shearston

The Swan Book, Alexis Wright


A Very Unusual Pursuit, Catherine Jinks

Refuge, Jackie French

Stay Well Soon, Penny Tangey

The Girl Who Brought Mischief, Katrina Nannestad

The Big Dry, Tony Davis

Jandamarra, Mark Greenwood and Terry Denton


Wildlife, Fiona Wood

My Life as an Alphabet, Barry Jonsberg

Sultan's Eyes, Kelly Gardiner

The Incredible Here and Now, Felicity Castagna

Black Spring, Alison Croggon

Zac and Mia, AJ Betts

For this year's winners click here.

And in the UK, the formerly known as Orange but now known as Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction have published their long and shortlists with the winner to be announced on 4th June.

*Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Americanah

Margaret Atwood - MaddAddam

Suzanne Berne – The Dogs of Littlefield

Fatima Bhutto - The Shadow of the Crescent Moon

Claire Cameron – The Bear

Lea Carpenter - Eleven Days

M.J. Carter - The Strangler Vine

Eleanor Catton - The Luminaries

Deborah Kay Davies - Reasons She Goes to the Woods

Elizabeth Gilbert - The Signature of All Things

*Hannah Kent - Burial Rites

Rachel Kushner - The Flamethrowers

*Jhumpa Lahiri - The Lowland

*Audrey Magee - The Undertaking

*Eimear McBride - A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing

Charlotte Mendelson - Almost English

Anna Quindlen - Still Life with Bread Crumbs

Elizabeth Strout - The Burgess Boys

*Donna Tartt - The Goldfinch

Evie Wyld - All The Birds, Singing

I'm beginning to think I'm the only person in Australia who hasn't got around to reading Burial Rites yet. I've flicked through it and it looks promising, but it's hard to get excited about a book that already has so much excitement surrounding it!

Richard Flanagan's Narrow Road to the Long North has already won the Australian Indie Book Award this year.

The International Dublin Literary Awards (IDLA) also have a big shortlist this year with the winner

announced on the 12th June...
The Detour by Gerbrand Bakker, (Dutch) translated by David Colmer.
Questions of Travel by Michelle De Kretser (Sri Lankan / Australian)
Absolution by Patrick Flanery (American) (First novel)
A Death in the Family by Karl Ove Knausgaard (Norwegian) Translated by Don Bartlett.
Three Strong Women by Marie NDiaye (French) Translated by John Fletcher.
Traveller of the Century by Andrés Neuman (Argentinian) Translated from the original Spanish by Nick Caistor and Lorenza Garcia.
The Light of Amsterdam by David Park (Northern Irish)
The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan (Irish) (First novel)
The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng (Malaysian)
The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Colombian) Translated from the original Spanish by Anne McLean.

The Australian/Vogel shortlist also comes out this weekend with the winner to be announced on the 22nd April.

Books highlighted in purple/green are linked back to my reviews on this blog.

Which ones have you already read and loved (or not, as the case may be)?


  1. Anonymous12/4/14

    What a great 'reference" blogpost! There are many books I want to investigate!

  2. The lists have certainly been coming thick and fast recently. I think it must be you and me who hasn't read Burial Rites Brona! I do have it sitting by the bed- I should get to reading it.


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