The longlist for the 2014 Stella Prize was announced in Australia earlier today. The award, which is worth $50,000 to the winner, celebrates Australian women’s writing in all its many guises.
The longlist looks truly impressive and diverse. It features a wonderful mix of fiction and non-fiction, including a handful of novels, a collection of short stories and a memoir, among others.
I've only read one longlisted title (Fiona McFarlane's The Night Guest, which I highly recommend) but have a couple of others on my ever-increasing TBR.
The list in full is:
- Letter to George Clooney by Debra Adelaide (Picador)
- Moving Among Strangers by Gabrielle Carey (UQP)
- Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (Picador)
- Night Games by Anna Krien (Black Inc)
- Mullumbimby by Melissa Lucashenko (UQP)
- The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane (Penguin)
- Boy, Lost by Kristina Olsson (UQP)
- The Misogyny Factor by Anne Summers (NewSouth)
- Madeleine by Helen Trinca (Text Publishing)
- The Swan Book by Alexis Wright (Giramondo)
- The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka by Clare Wright (Text Publishing)
- All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld (Random House)
The shortlist will be announced on 20 March and the winner named on 29 April.
You can find out more at the Stella Prize website.
What do you think of this list? Have you read any books on it? And please feel free to share links of any reviews you might have written in the comments below.