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Hachette Australia is delighted to congratulate our shortlisted authors in the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards




The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards were inaugurated by the Victorian Government in 1985 to honour literary achievement by Australian writers. The awards are administered by the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas on behalf of the Premier of Victoria.   

The winners of the 2017 awards will be announced at a ceremony in Melbourne on 31st January. We wish Maxine, Zana, Ben and Deng all the best of luck!

For a full list of all shortlisted authors and books go to:

  • The Hate Race - Maxine Beneba Clarke

    From one of Australia's most exciting writers, and the author of the multi-award-winning FOREIGN SOIL, comes THE HATE RACE: a powerful, funny, and at times devastating memoir about growing up black in white middle-class Australia.

  • Songs of a War Boy - Deng Thiak Adut, Ben Mckelvey

    The true story of Deng Adut - Sudanese child soldier, refugee, man of hope.

  • Carrying the World - Maxine Beneba Clarke

    A haunting visit to the International Museum of Slavery, in Liverpool England. A feisty young black girl pushing back against authority. The joy and despair of single parenthood. A love-hate relationship with words. This collection brings the best of a decade-long international poetry career to the page.

  • The Bone Sparrow - Zana Fraillon

    Subhi's imagination is as big as the ocean and wide as the sky, but his world is much smaller: he's spent his whole life in an immigration detention centre. THE BONE SPARROW is a powerful, heartbreaking, sometimes funny and ultimately uplifting hymn to freedom and love.

Robert Watkins

Robert Watkins

Publisher of Non Fiction and Literary Fiction at Hachette Australia. Obsessed with books, bowties and beautiful things. Has too many shoes and decorative pins. Can often be found meditating in a yoga studio or lounging around with an ice cold glass of rosé. Reads widely but prefers contemporary narratives with an edgy punch to them.

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