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Winners

2010 winner y separately published work icon Siddon Rock Glenda Guest , North Sydney : Vintage Australia , 2009 Z1553911 2005 single work novel

'"When Macha Connor came home from the war she walked into town as naked as the day she was born, except for well-worn and shining boots, a dusty slouch hat, and the .303 rifle she held across her waist."

'Macha patrols Siddon Rock by night, watching over the town's inhabitants: Brigid, Granna, and all of the Aberline clan; Alistair in Meakin's Haberdashery, with his fine sense of style; Sybil, scrubbing away at the bloodstains in her father's butcher shop; Reverend Siggy, afraid of the outback landscape and the district's magical saltpans; silent Nell with her wild dogs; publican Marg, always accompanied by a cloud of blue; and the new barman, Kelpie Crush.

'It is only when refugee Catalin Morgenstern and her young son Josis arrive in town that Macha realises there is nothing she can do to keep the townspeople safe.' (From the publisher's website.)

2008 winner y separately published work icon The Anatomy of Wings Karen Foxlee , 2006 St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2007 Z1307226 2006 single work novel 'Ten-year-old Jennifer day lives in a small mining town full of secrets. trying to make sense of the sudden death of her teenage sister Beth, she looks to the adult world around her for answers.' - back cover
2007 winner y separately published work icon Tuvalu Andrew O'Connor , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2006 Z1216444 2006 single work novel humour

'A love story of sorts, Tuvalu tells the story of Noah Tuttle, who is glumly and aimlessly living a half kind of life in a cheap rundown hostel in the seamier margins of Tokyo, a place overrun with feral cats and cockroaches. He teaches mediocre English to disinterested students, sleeps with his girlfriend, Tilly, when she's around, drinks beer when he can afford it, and generally avoids other people and their expectations. Nothing much happens to him - until, that is, he meets the wealthy, captivating and completely self-absorbed Mami Kaketa, a supremely selfish creature who leaves people like so much litter in her wake, so brazen and capricious she should come with a health warning.

'A blackly funny, inconclusive and strangely beguiling story of ennui, escape, exile and dreams.' (Publisher's blurb)

2004 winner y separately published work icon Somewhere, Home Nada A. Jarrar , London : Heinemann , 2003 Z1100524 2003 single work novel A moving novel about modern Lebanon, this story intermingles the lives of three women and explores their reactions to war, loss, displacement, exile and return to the homeland. This is Nada A. Jarrar's first novel.
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