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Shortlist announced for Australia's most prestigious business literature prize

Monday, 1 March 2016

Books about Frank Lowy, the publishing industry, foreign investment in Australia, Qantas and Gunns Limited are all contenders for Australia’s richest and most prestigious award for business writing, the State Library of NSW announced today.

The following authors and titles have been shortlisted for the $30,000 2015 Ashurst Business Literature Prize:

  • Quentin Beresford – The Rise and Fall of Gunns Ltd (NewSouth Publishing)
  • Stuart Kells – Penguin and the Lane Brothers: The Untold Story of a Publishing Revolution (Black Inc.)
  • Jill Margo – Frank Lowy: A Second Life (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Matt O’Sullivan – Mayday: How Warring Egos Forced Qantas Off Course (Penguin)
  • David Uren – Takeover: Foreign Investment and the Australian Psyche (Black Inc.)

The shortlist was selected by an independent judging panel comprising the former ASIC Chairman and Deputy Chancellor of the University of Sydney and Chairman of the NSW Law Reform Commission Alan Cameron AO; leading business journalist, author and Board member of The Ethics Centre, Narelle Hooper; and Richard Fisher AM, General Counsel and Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Sydney.

Chair of the judging panel, Alan Cameron, commented: 'The judges were gratified by the large number of entries, but especially by their high quality. Numerous entries could have been longlisted. The task of settling even a shortlist of five was as difficult as it has ever been in the 13 year history of the prize.'

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