Experience and enthusiasm combined as a debut Australian novelist and a five-time author shared a prestigious literary award for fiction this week.
The Natural Way of Things, about the hidden tension in one of Australia’s establishment families and The Life of Houses which centres on a group of women kept prisoner in a derelict home, were joint fiction winners of the prime minister’s literary awards.
The $80,000 prize money will be divided between authors Charlotte Wood and Lisa Gorton with some of the fund going to shortlisted authors.
Announcing the winners at the National Library of Australia on Tuesday night, the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, said winning and shortlisted authors had continued Australia’s rich literary tradition.
The winning entries were selected from a shortlist of 30 books from 425 entries across each of the three categories of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, by the prime minister and a panel of experts.
Read more at The Guardian.