“The judges were impressed with the ambition of many of the works and heartened by the depth and breadth of vision demonstrated by this generation of writers.”
- Kathryn Heyman, senior fiction judge for the 2012 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards


Anna Funder’s (above) All That I Am is shortlisted for 2 awards. Photo by Alan Pryke via The Australian. 


The shortlist for NSW Premier’s Awards for 2012 was finally announced this week. Normally timed to coincide with the Sydney Writers’ Festival in May, the incoming premier, Barry O’Farrell ordered a review of the awards’ administration, delaying the award by six months.

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  • Reply November 9, 2012

    Sam W

    Thanks for these great recommendations Meredith! Always on the prowl for a meaty read. I have just put down Anna Funder’s first book, Stasiland…utterly compelling through to the last page. I had no idea how suprressing and cruel the GDR were, and I loved the fact Funder kept it balanced expressing views and thoughts of both the Stasi and the civilians. Told with ascerbic wit too, terrific!

  • Reply November 15, 2012


    I am reading WILD by Cheryl Strayed (yes it’s not her real name) which is excellent and strangely compelling despite the fact that it’s set on a hike on the west coast of the USA. Lots of flashbacks, drama and a messy life needing to be straightened out.

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