2020 National Biography Award shortlist

The State Library announced the 2020 National Biography Award shortlist at an online event last night. Compelling biographies of Australian politicians and journalists and gripping memoirs by debut authors are among the works who will vie for Australia's richest prize for biography and memoir writing.

The six shortlisted books are:

  • Beyond Words: A Year with Kenneth Cook by Jacqueline Kent (UQP)

  • Hearing Maud by Jessica White (UWA Publishing)

  • Idling in Green Places: A Life of Alec Chisholm by Russell McGregor (Australian Scholarly Publishing)

  • The Girls by Chloe Higgins (Picador Australia)

  • Things Nobody Knows But Me by Amra Pajalić (Transit Lounge)

  • Tiberius with a Telephone: The Life and Stories of William McMahon by Patrick Mullins (Scribe Publications)

See what the judges had to say about the shortlisted works here.

Read the media release here.

The winners will be announced on Friday 28 August.