The Stella Prize Chief Judge, author and academic Brenda Walker, has summed up the shortlist for the 2016 shortlist as “finely composed and compassionate literary investigations of the fate of individuals interacting with the natural world and with social authority; with protection and self-protection in complicated environments; with the hard-won joy of living”. They are:
- Six Bedrooms by Tegan Bennett Daylight (Random House)
- Hope Farm by Peggy Frew (Scribe)
- A Few Days in the Country by Elizabeth Harrower, pictured centre, (Text)
- The World Without Us by Mireille Juchau (Bloomsbury)
- The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood, pictured right, (Allen & Unwin)
- Small Acts of Disappearance: Essays on Hunger by Fiona Wright, pictured left, (Giramondo).
The winner of the Stella Prize, one of Australia’s most prestigious literary awards, will be announced on Tuesday April 17th. It is open to fiction and non-fiction books written by a woman. All the shortlisted authors receive a prize of $2000 with the eventual winner taking home $50,000.
The books included on the long list were:
- The Women’s Pages by Debra Adelaide (Pan Macmillan)
- The Other Side of the World by Stephanie Bishop (Hachette)
- Panthers and the Museum of Fire by Jen Craig (Spineless Wonders).
- A Guide to Berlin by Gail Jones (Random House)
- A Short History of Richard Kline by Amanda Lohrey (Black Inc.)
- Anchor Point by Alice Robinson (Affirm Press).
The inaugural Stella Prize in 2013 was won by Carrie Tiffany for Mateship With Birds. Other former winners include Clare Wright for The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka (2014)and Emily Bitto for The Strays (2015).