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Shortlist announced for Australia’s richest biography prize

Compelling biographies of trailblazers and survivors have been shortlisted alongside raw-edged memoirs for the 2021 National Biography Award.

Selected from 101 entries, the shortlisted works are: 

  • The Lotus Eaters by Emily Clements (Hardie Grant Books)
  • One Bright Moon by Andrew Kwong (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Max by Alex Miller (Allen & Unwin)
  • Truganini: Journey through the apocalypse by Cassandra Pybus (Allen & Unwin)
  • Tell Me Why by Archie Roach (Simon & Schuster Australia)
  • Penny Wong: Passion and Principle by Margaret Simons (Black Inc. Books)

“The strong showing of debut works made for a difficult task of narrowing them down to the most worthy contenders for inclusion in the shortlist, which is why we have requested to mention these further titles as ‘highly commended’,” said Senior Judge Ms Falkiner.

  • The Shelf Life of Zora Cross by Cathy Perkins (Monash University Publishing)
  • Into the Suburbs: A Migrant’s Story by Christopher Raja (University of Queensland Press)
  • Lowitja by Stuart Rintoul (Allen & Unwin)

The winner will be announced on 26 August 2021.

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