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National Biography Award 2023 shortlist announced

The diaries of Helen Garner, Chloe Hooper’s memoir, a portrait of a poet and remarkable true stories by three debut writers have been shortlisted for the 2023 National Biography Award, Australia’s richest prize for biographical and memoir writing, the State Library of NSW announced today.

The shortlisted works, selected from 94 entries, are:

  • Unknown: A Refugee’s Story by Akuch Kuol Anyieth (Text Publishing)
  • The Ghost Tattoo: Discovering the hidden truth of my father’s Holocaust by Tony Bernard (Allen & Unwin)
  • How to End a Story: Diaries 1995–1998 by Helen Garner (Text Publishing)
  • Bedtime Story by Chloe Hooper (Scribner Australia, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Australia)
  • Missing by Tom Patterson (Allen & Unwin)
  • My Tongue Is My Own: A Life of Gwen Harwood by Ann-Marie Priest (La Trobe University Press/Black Inc.)

The winners will be announced in August 2023.

The award is supported by the State Library of NSW Foundation, the Holman Family and Sarah Crouch and has been a fixture on Australia’s literary calendar thanks to the generosity of Dr Geoffrey Cains, the late Michael Crouch AC, and the Nelson Meers Foundation.

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