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Shortlist for Australia’s only humour writing prize

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Six of the most ‘absurd, disrespectful and very funny’ books published in the last two years have been shortlisted for Australia’s only humour writing prize, the State Library of NSW announced today.

The shortlisted books for the 2017 Russell Prize for Humour Writing, selected from 48 entries, are:

  • Going Out Backwards: A Grafton Everest Adventure, Ross Fitzgerald and Ian McFadyen (Hybrid Publishers)
  • True Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia - Volume 2, David Hunt (Black Inc.)
  • A Toaster on Mars, Darrell Pitt (Text Publishing)
  • Error Australis, Ben Pobjie (Affirm Press)
  • Quicksand, Steve Toltz (Penguin Random House Australia)
  • The Anti-Cool Girl, Rosie Waterland (HarperCollins Publishers) 

The $10,000 biennial prize is awarded to the best book of humour writing by an Australian author published in the previous two years and aims to celebrate, recognise and encourage the humour writing genre.

The prize has been made possible by the generous bequest of the late Peter Wentworth Russell, a farmer, businessman and passionate reader.

The winner will be announced at the State Library of NSW on 8 June 2017.

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