The Stella Prize 2018 Longlist

I was desperate to be at the Stella Prize 2018 longlist announcement tonight but instead I was at a school information night, surreptitiously looking at Twitter for the news. It’s here, so now I can relax (and can start reading) –

01. The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar (Wild Dingo Press)

02. A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work by Bernadette Brennan (Text Publishing)

03. Anaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness by Kate Cole-Adams (Text Publishing)

04. Terra Nullius by Claire G. Coleman (Hachette Australia)

05. The Life to Come by Michelle de Kretser (Allen & Unwin)

06. This Water: Five Tales by Beverley Farmer (Giramondo)

07. The Green Bell: A Memoir of Love, Madness and Poetry by Paula Keogh (Affirm Press)

08. An Uncertain Grace by Krissy Kneen (Text Publishing)

09. The Choke by Sofie Laguna (Allen & Unwin)

10. Martin Sharp: His Life and Times by Joyce Morgan (Allen & Unwin)

11. The Fish Girl by Mirandi Riwoe (Seizure)

12. Tracker by Alexis Wright (Giramondo)

I predicted 4.5 (the half for the Helen Garner related title!). I’ve read two, own another one and will start the rest straight away. I am absolutely SPEWING that The Trauma Cleaner didn’t make the cut. I’ll probably be carrying on a fair bit about that over the next few months…

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10 responses

  1. If you could pick only one on the list to recommend, which would it be? I don’t have time to take on the whole lot but would be very interested to dip in… 🙂

  2. You suggest The choke and The life to come, both of which are on my TBR, but I’m rather wondering about Terra nullius. I will definitely read it but, given what’s on my plate over the next month, I might leave the others until the short-list comes out.

  3. You could always start an Alternative Stella discussion (as generally happens with the Man Booker prize) – I’m sure you’re not the only one to feel at least one great book has been ignored. You don’t even have to argue that the ‘real’ list isn’t good – just that more than 12 great books by Aussie women were published last year 🙂

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