Friday, March 11, 2016

2016 Stella Prize Shortlist

The Stella Prize is named after Stella Maria Sarah 'Miles' Franklin and was first awarded in 2013 and includes both nonfiction and fiction books by Australian women.

This years 6 books shortlisted can be found on our catalogue, let us know what you think about these titles.


Elizabeth Harrower is the author of five brilliant novels.  A Few Days in the Country brings together her stories published in Australian journals in the 1960s and 1970s, along with those from her archives - including Alice published in the New Yorker in 2015.

These pieces range from caustic satires to gentler explorations of friendship, a must read for Harrower fans.


 Set on the North Coast of NSW in the aftermath of a young girl's death from cancer, The World Without Us traces the varying aspects of grief on the remaining members of her family.  Recorded in prose that is witty and self-aware, and capable of making poetry from the most mundane aspect of the everyday. It is a book that reminds us that a single human loss can fall with terrible force on those who are left behind.
 Hope Farm is the masterful second novel from award-winning author Peggy Frew and is a devastatingly beautiful story of broken bonds of childhood, and the enduring cost of holding back the truth.  Set in the winter of 1985, thirteen year old Silver and her mother Ishtar move to the decaying Hope Farm.  At Hope, Silver finds unexpected friendship and at last a place to call home.  It is also here that she is thrust into an unrelenting adult world - and the walls begin to come tumbling down, with deadly consequences.
The Natural Way of Things is a gripping, starkly imaginative exploration of contemporary misogyny and corporate control, and what it means to hunt and be hunted.  Most of all it is about two friends, their sisterly love and courage.
Two women awaken from a drugged sleep to find themselves imprisoned in a broken-down property in the middle of nowhere.  The girls all have something in common, but what is it?  They pray for rescue, but when the food starts running out it becomes clear that the jailers have also become the jailed. The girls can only rescue themselves.
 Small Acts of Disappearance is a collection of 10 essays that describe the author's affliction with an eating disorder which begins in high school and escalates into life-threatening anorexia over the next 10 years. The essays offer perspectives on the eating disorder at different stages in Wright's life and combine research, travel writing, memoir and literary discussion of how writers like Christina Stead, Carmel Bird, Tim Winton, John Berryman and Louise Glu"ck deal with anorexia and addiction.
Six Bedrooms is a powerful collection of the dangerous, tilting terrain of becoming adult and a mesmerizing collection of moments from adolescence through adulthood.  Ten stories reveal acute portrayals of loss and risk, of sexual longing and wreckage, blunder and betrayals.  Threaded through the collection is the experience of troubled, destructive Tasha, whose life unravels in unexpected ways, and who we come to love for her defiance, wit and vulnerability.

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