2017 Ashurst Business Literature Prize

Monday 9 April 2018

Books about the Tasmanian gambling industry, gender inequality in the workplace and leaving the corporate world for the not‐for‐profit sector are all contenders for Australia’s richest award for business writing, the State Library of NSW announced today.

The following works have been shortlisted for the $30,000 Ashurst Business Literature Prize 2017:


  • Losing Streak: How Tasmania was gamed by the gambling industry by James Boyce (Black Inc.)
  • Stop Fixing Women: Why building fairer workplaces is everybody's business by Catherine Fox (NewSouth)
  • Jumping Ship: From the world of corporate Australia to the heart of social investment by Michael Traill (Hardie Grant)

The shortlist was selected by an independent judging panel comprising of Richard Fisher AM, General Counsel and Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Sydney; leading business journalist, editor and author, Narelle Hooper; and Margie Seale, a Non‐Executive Director of Telstra Corporation, Bank of Queensland and Ramsay Health Care, and former CEO of Random House Australia and New Zealand.

The award was established by law firm Ashurst (formerly Blake Dawson) and the State Library of NSW in 2004 to encourage the highest possible standards of literary commentary on business and financial affairs written by an Australian author.

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