shortlisted for the man booker prize 2017
LINCOLN IN THE BARDO – GEORGE SAUNDERS
Deploying a theatrical, kaleidoscopic panoply of voices – living and dead, historical and fictional –poses a timeless question: how do we live and love when we know that everything we hold dear must end?
4 3 2 1 – PAUL AUSTER
Each version of Ferguson's story rushes across the fractured terrain of mid-twentieth century America, in this sweeping story of birthright and possibility, of love and the fullness of life itself.
AUTUMN – ALI SMITH
Ali Smith's new novel is a meditation on a world filling up with borders, on what richness and worth are, on what harvest means. This first in a quartet of novels casts an eye over our own time, asking who we are, where we are, right now.
HISTORY OF WOLVES – EMILY FRIDLUND
If she tells the truth, she will lose the normal family life she is beginning to enjoy; and if she doesn't, a life is at stake. Superbly-paced and beautifully written, a debut novel about the lengths a person will go to find the life they desire.
ELMET – FIONA MOZLEY
Brutal and beautiful in equal measure, Elmet is a compelling portrayal of a family living on the fringes of contemporary society, as well as a gripping exploration of the disturbing actions people are capable of when pushed to their limits.
EXIT WEST – MOHSIN HAMID
An extraordinary, sweeping journey, reaching far across the globe and deep into the human heart. In a world of upheaval and fear, how can we hold onto our humanity? What happens when a door is opened?
EXTINCTIONS – JOSEPHINE WILSON
Humorous, poignant and galvanising by turns, Extinctions is a novel about all kinds of extinction – natural, racial, national and personal – and what we can do to prevent them.
ARCHIPELAGO OF SOULS – GREGORY DAY
A novel exploring the difficult realities of nationhood, war, morality and love. Compelling and beautifully realised, it is about the creation of identity, the enigmas of memory and the power of the written word to heal the deepest wounds.
THE MUSEUM OF MODERN LOVE – HEATHER ROSE
A mesmerising literary novel about a lost man in search of connection - a meditation on love, art and commitment, set against the backdrop of one of the greatest art events in modern history, Marina Abramovic's The Artist is Present.
shortlisted for the tasmanian premier's prize
INTO THE HEART OF TASMANIA – REBE TAYLOR
One man’s ambition to rewrite the history of human culture inspires an exploration of the controversy stirred by Tasmanian Aboriginal history. It brings to life how Australian and British national identities have been fashioned by shame and triumph over the supposed destruction of an entire race.
LOSING STREAK – JAMES BOYCE
A jaw-dropping account of how one company came to own every poker machine in the state of Tasmania – and the cost to democracy, the public purse and problem gamblers and their families.
PHYSICK – PETE HAY
Pete Hay is a poet, essayist, environmentalist, and academic, having taught geography, politics and philosophy at the University of Tasmania. This is is a poetry collection representing '10 years of thought and scribble'.