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The Banjo Prize
Subcategory of Awards Australian Awards
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History

Inaugurated by HarperCollins Publishers Australia in 2018, the Banjo Prize is open to all Australian writers of commercial fiction, and presented to an unpublished manuscript.

Winners

2019 winner Elizabeth Flann for 'Beware of Dogs'.
2018 winner y separately published work icon Taking Tom Murray Home Tim Slee , Sydney South : HarperCollins Australia , 2019 15930369 2019 single work novel

'Bankrupt dairy farmer Tom Murray decides he'd rather sell off his herd and burn down his own house than hand them over to the bank. But something goes tragically wrong, and Tom dies in the blaze. His wife, Dawn, doesn't want him to have died for nothing and decides to hold a funeral procession for Tom as a protest, driving 350 kilometres from Yardley in country Victoria to bury him in Melbourne where he was born. To make a bigger impact she agrees with some neighbours to put his coffin on a horse and cart and take it slow - real slow.

'But on the night of their departure, someone burns down the local bank. And as the motley funeral procession passes through Victoria, there are more mysterious arson attacks. Dawn has five days to get to Melbourne before the police impound the coffin and force her to bury her husband. Five days, five more towns, and a state ready to explode in flames ...

'Told with a laconic, deadpan wit, Taking Tom Murray Home is a timely, thought-provoking, heart-warming, quintessentially Australian story like no other. It's a novel about grief, pain, anger and loss, yes, but it's also about hope - and how community, friends and love trump pain and anger, every time.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

With title 'Burn'.

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