Gerald Murnane wins Prime Minister’s Literary Award for 'exquisite' novel

The Prime Minister's Literary Awards are among the most prestigious in Australia presented for exceptional works by Australian creatives. The awards recognise our talented authors, illustrators and historians greatest literature of the year.

Winners selected from six categories


Above: Winners in the Children’s and Young Adult categories.

Gerald Murnane was awarded the Fiction prize for his novel Border Districts. Judges said that Border Districts is rendered in crystalline prose and touched with an elegiac pathos, the crowning achievement of a singular literary career.

Richard McGregor won the Non-fiction prize for Asia's Reckoning. The Australian History prize was won by John Curtin’s War  by John Edwards.

Professor Lynette Russell, Chair of the Non-fiction and Australian History judging panel said that the Australian non-fiction books “reflect the diversity of Australia and tell our story in remarkable ways”.

The panel said that the Children's and Young Adult categories engage with “issues that profoundly affect humanity”. The Young Adult prize was awarded to Richard Yaxley for This is My Song. The Children’s Literature award was presented to Pea Pod Lullaby by Glenda Millard and illustrated by Stephen Michael King.


There are several A3 posters with the shortlisted titles in their categories to print and display in your library.


Above: Some of the shortlisted titles which appear on the posters

The Facebook Page

The Prime Ministers Literary Awards Facebook page has interviews and podcasts with shortlisted authors and poets. It provides even more information for the reader seriously interested in good writing.


To stay in the loop about next year’s the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards why not sign up for the PMLA updates?

Help your library members find their next great read this Christmas with a title from the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards.


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