Rutland, Lipski and Toltz shortlisted

October 19, 2016 by J-Wire Staff
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Suzanne Rutland, Sam Lipski and Steve Tolz have been shortlisted for the 2016 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Minister for the Arts Mitch Fifield have announced 30 books by Australian authors.

Sam Lipski and Suzanne Rutland   Photo: Alex Huber [Moments]

Sam Lipski and Suzanne Rutland Photo: Alex Huber [Moments]

Suzanne Rutland and Sam Lipski co-authored “Let My People Go: The untold story of Australia and the Soviet Jews 1959-89″ shortlisted for the Prize for Australian History and Steve Toltz has been shortlisted in the fiction category for his book “Quicksand”.

This year’s shortlist features both emerging writers and established award-winning authors. The list features stories and poetry, books about history and key characters in Australian life, and stories that promise to engage young readers.

The Awards celebrate the immense contribution Australian writers, poets, illustrators and historians make to our cultural landscape. They enlighten, enthral and entertain us with their distinctive storytelling.

Now in their ninth year, the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards recognise the best of Australian writing in fiction, non-fiction, Australian history, young adult fiction, children’s fiction and poetry.

The shortlisted books were selected by expert judging panels from 425 entries. Up to $100,000 is awarded in each category, with $80,000 for each winning entry and $5,000 each for each shortlisted entry. All prizes are tax-free.

The 2016 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlists are:


  • Forever Young, Steven Carroll (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • The Life of Houses, Lisa Gorton (Giramondo)
  • The World Repair Video Game, David Ireland AM (Island Magazine Inc.)
  • Quicksand, Steve Toltz (Penguin)
  • The Natural Way of Things, Charlotte Wood (Allen & Unwin)


  • Net Needle, Robert Adamson (Black Inc)
  • Cocky’s Joy, Michael Farrell (Giramondo)
  • The Hazards, Sarah Holland-Batt (University of Queensland Press)
  • Waiting for the Past, Les Murray AO (Black Inc.)
  • The Ladder, Simon West (Puncher & Wattmann)

Prize for Australian History

  • The Story of Australia’s People. The Rise and Fall of Ancient Australia,Geoffrey Blainey AC (Penguin)
  • Let My People Go: The untold story of Australia and the Soviet Jews 1959-89, Sam Lipski and Suzanne D Rutland (Hybrid Publishers)
  • Red Professor: The Cold War Life of Fred Rose,Peter Monteath and Valerie Munt (Wakefield Press)
  • Ned Kelly: A Lawless Life, Doug Morrissey (Connor Court Publishing)
  • The War with Germany: Volume III—The Centenary History of Australia and the Great War, Robert Stevenson (Oxford University Press)


  • Tom Roberts and the Art of Portraiture, Julie Cotter (Thames & Hudson)
  • On Stalin’s Team: The Years of Living Dangerously in Soviet Politics, Sheila Fitzpatrick (Melbourne University Press)
  • Thea Astley: Inventing her own Weather,Karen Lamb (University of Queensland Press)
  • Second Half First, Drusilla Modjeska (Penguin Random House Australia)
  • Island Home, Tim Winton(Penguin)

Children’s Fiction

  • Adelaide’s Secret World,Elise Hurst (Allen & Unwin)
  • Sister Heart, Sally Morgan (Fremantle Press)
  • Perfect, Danny Parker and Freya Blackwood (Hardie Grant Egmont)
  • The Greatest Gatsby: A visual book of grammar, Tohby Riddle (Penguin Random House Australia)
  • Mr Huff, Anna Walker (Penguin Random House Australia)

Young Adult Fiction

  • Becoming Kirrali Lewis,Jane Harrison (Magabala Books)
  • Illuminae: The Illuminae Files_01,Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)
  • A Single Stone,Meg McKinlay (Walker Books Australia)
  • In Between Days,Vikki Wakefield (Text Publishing)
  • Green Valentine,Lili Wilkinson (Allen & Unwin)



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