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2017 National Biography Award shortlist announced

Monday, 3 July 2017

Six compelling personal stories have been shortlisted for the $25,000 National Biography Award 2017, the State Library of NSW announced today (Monday 3 July).

The shortlisted works are:

  • The Unknown Judith Wright (UWA Publishing), Georgina Arnott
  • Mick: A life of Randolph Stow (UWA Publishing), Suzanne Falkiner
  • Position Doubtful: mapping landscapes and memories (Scribe), Kim Mahood
  • Evatt: A Life (NewSouth Publishing), John Murphy
  • The Long Goodbye (Hardie Grant Books), P.J. Parker
  • Before Rupert: Keith Murdoch and the Birth of a Dynasty (UQP), Tom D.C. Roberts

“Our 21st century curiosity yearns ever more insistently for the humanity of the lived life,” said Dr Peter Cochrane, chair of the judging panel. “The best modern biography and memoir satisfies that curiosity by pursuing both the revealed self and the concealed self in the subject’s private writings, hopes, dreams, even prayers."

“Every one of the extraordinary books shortlisted this year is exemplary in this way,” Mr Cochrane said.

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