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2019 National Biography Award shortlist announced

Wednesday 26 June 2019

Powerful memoirs by debut authors and compelling personal stories of incredible women have been shortlisted for the 2019 National Biography Award, the richest prize in Australia for biography and memoir writing. 

The shortlisted works are:NBA shortlisted books

  • Do Oysters Get Bored? A Curious Life by Rozanna Lilley (UWA Publishing)
  • Miss Ex-Yugoslavia by Sofija Stefanovic (Penguin Random House Australia)
  • No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison by Behrouz Boochani, translated by Omid Tofighian (Picador Australia)
  • One Hundred Years of Dirt by Rick Morton (Melbourne University Press)
  • The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay & Disaster by Sarah Krasnostein (Text Publishing)
  • The Wasp and the Orchid: The Remarkable Life of Australian Naturalist Edith
  • Coleman by Danielle Clode (Picador Australia)

The National Biography Award has a total prize pool of $42,000. The overall winner will receive $25,000. The inaugural $5,000 Michael Crouch AC Award will be awarded to the best debut biography or memoir in honour of the late Library benefactor and former award supporter. In addition, each shortlisted author will receive $2,000.

The 2019 award attracted 81 entries which were assessed by the judging panel: Margy Burn, Dr Georgina Arnott and Professor Iain McCalman AO.

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