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Western Australian Premier's Book Awards - 2008 Shortlist

Western Australian Premier's Book Awards - 2008 Shortlist

12 August 2010

The short list for the 2008 and 2009 Western Australian Premier’s book awards have been announced by Culture and the Arts Minister John Day.

Mr Day said record entries had been submitted following the announcement earlier this year of the widening of the eligibility criteria and increased prize money.

“There were 404 entries in the 2009 awards, compared to 300 for those in 2008,” he said.

“I am pleased to see so many entries, which reflects a healthy literary sector in Australia.

“The Premier’s Book Awards have a long and proud history and the prize money rose this year from $72,500 to $110,000, along with increased funding for judging, promotion and administration costs.”

Due to the high number of entries, the judging panels were increased from four to six members.

To be eligible, the work must have been published or produced in either the years 2008 or 2009.  Authors must be citizens or permanent residents of Australia or the work must have Australia as its primary focus.

The award winners will be announced by the Premier at a special ceremony on Wednesday, September 1.

Media contact:  Jaimee Motion - 9213 6600 or 0437 057 130

Western Australian Premier's Book Awards - 2008 Shortlist

Non Fiction

Graham FREUDENBERG Churchill and Australia
Publisher: Pan MacMillan

Chloe HOOPER The Tall Man
Publisher: Penguin Group (Australia)

Evelyn JUERS House of Exile
Publisher: Giramondo Publishing

Don WATSON American Journeys
Publisher: Random House Australia (KNOPF)



Helen GARNER The Spare Room
Publisher: Text Publishing

Kate GRENVILLE The Lieutenant
Publisher: Text Publishing

Nam LE The Boat
Publisher: Penguin Group (Australia)

Julia LEIGH Disquiet
Publisher: Penguin Group (Australia)

Tim WINTON Breath
Publisher: Penguin Group (Australia)

Richard FLANAGAN Wanting
Publisher: Random House Australia (KNOPF)



Bronwyn LEA The Other Way Out
Publisher: Giramondo Publishing

Louise OXLEY Buoyancy
Publisher: Five Islands Press

John KINSELLA Shades of the Sublime and Beautiful
Publisher: Fremantle Press

Tracy RYAN Scar Revision
Publisher: Fremantle Press


Children’s Books

Glenda MILLARD & Stephen KING Applesauce and the Christmas Miracle Publisher: HarperCollins
Publishers Australia

Kylie DUNSTAN Collecting Colour
Publisher: Hachette Australia

Bob GRAHAM How to Heal a Broken Wing
Publisher: Walker Books Australia

Tohby RIDDLE Nobody Owns the Moon
Publisher: Penguin Group (Australia)

Glenda MILLARD Perry Angel’s Suitcase
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Australia

Mark GREENWOOD & Frane LESSAC Simpson and his Donkey
Publisher: Walker Books Australia


Young Adults

Adrian STIRLING Broken Glass
Publisher: Penguin Group (Australia)

Melina MARCHETTA Finnikin of the Rock
Publisher: Penguin Group (Australia)

Norman JORGENSEN Jack’s Island
Publisher: Fremantle Press

Shaun TAN Tales from Outer Suburbia
Publisher: Allen & Unwin

Alison GOODMAN The Two Pearls of Wisdom Publisher: HarperCollins
Publishers Australia



Hellie TURNER Bone Dry
Publisher: Prickly Pear Publications

Louis NOWRA & Beck COLE First Australians Episode 6 The Cultivation of Whiteness
Publisher: HLA Management

Tony MCNAMARA The Great
Publisher: HLA Management

Damien MILLAR The Modern International Dead
Publisher: Currency Press


WA History

Brian DIBBLE Doing Life: A biography of Elizabeth Jolley
Publisher: UWA Publishing

Geoffrey BOLTON Land of vision and Mirage: A History of WA since 1826 Publisher: UWA Publishing

Maureen HELEN Other People's Country
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers (Australia)

Mary Anne JEBB Mowanjum: Fifty Years Community History
Publisher: Mowanjum Aboriginal Community


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