The Stella Prize 2016 Longlist

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I’m not a book-prize-tart* but I have warm-fuzzies for the Stella Prize.

The 2016 Stella Prize longlist was announced half an hour ago, so this news is fresh via Twitter. Here ’tis –

1. THE WOMEN’S PAGES by Debra Adelaide
2. THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD by Stephanie Bishop
3. PANTHERS AND THE MUSEUM OF FIRE by Jen Craig
4. SIX BEDROOMS by Tegan Bennett Daylight
5. HOPE FARM by Peggy Frew
6. A FEW DAYS IN THE COUNTRY: AND OTHER STORIES by Elizabeth Harrower
7. A GUIDE TO BERLIN by Gail Jones
8. THE WORLD WITHOUT US by Mireille Juchau
9. A SHORT HISTORY OF RICHARD KLINE by Amanda Lohrey
10. ANCHOR POINT by Alice Robinson
11. THE NATURAL WAY OF THINGS by Charlotte Wood
12. SMALL ACTS OF DISAPPEARANCE: ESSAYS ON HUNGER by Fiona Wright

I’ve only read one but have another four lined up in the TBR stack. And I’m busting to read Small Acts…

It’s going to be a great reading year.

*I just made that up but it’s someone who only reads book-prize winners so that they can pontificate loudly at dinner parties.

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9 responses

  1. I’ve only read one of these as well – the same one as you by the looks of it (gosh I hope she wins). Did you see that ‘The Natural Way of Things’ has been optioned for a film?

    I’ve seen ‘A Guide to Berlin’ floating around the books newssphere (I think I just made up a word) and I wouldn’t mind reading that. The rest of them I haven’t heard of AT ALL, but are obviously worth some investigating.

    • I did see that Natural Way is set to become a film – exciting!

      There were a couple on the long list that I hadn’t heard of and a few that I’ve had my eye on (so I’m hoping they make the shortlist so that I have an excuse to buy!).

  2. I’ve read Charlotte’s book, and Mireille’s. Also The Other Side of the World and Anchor Point. All very deserving to be on the list. I have the Gail Jones, the Tegan BD, Hope Farm and the Amanda Lohrey but, as you well know, SALMAN RUSDHIE IS KILLING ME and I am unable to read any other novels even though they are sitting there, taunting me. I am determined to finish him this week and I wonder, if I read everything on my Reading India shelf early, ie before the end of the year, perhaps I can let myself off the hook? Do you have any thoughts like that or are you going to be super strict with yourself?

    • I have the Adelaide, Bishop, Daylight and Jones on my shelves already. When I set up challenge I allowed myself to buy six books, based on the Stella shortlist. It’s possible that I will have to buy six books in order to read the Stella shortlist but I’m hoping I’ll already own a couple, in which case I can use my allocation on something else later in the year (like the new Kent).
      I’m determined to stick to my plan this year and don’t think I’ll waver – I have 400 books to choose from and so many that I can’t wait to read.
      If you finish your Indian selection, surely it’s okay to stray?!

      • I like the idea of strictness to the end. If I finish my Indian shelf I buy more, based on recommendations of what I should read. Jason who comments on my blog said his parents cautioned him against think the Rusdhies and the Mistrys are representative of true Indian life, so I might ask him for some more recommendations for fiction that is more ‘real’. Am reinvigorated now that Midnight’s Children is done.

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