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Subcategory of Queensland Premier's Literary Awards
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2011 winner y separately published work icon The Beloved Annah Faulkner , 2011 Sydney : Picador , 2012 Z1801046 2011 single work novel

'"It came one morning with the milk, and it seemed - at first - almost as innocent..."

'When Roberta "Bertie" Lightfoot is struck down with polio, her world collapses. But Mama doesn't tolerate self-pity, and Bertie is nobody if not her mother's daughter - until she sets her heart on becoming an artist. Through drawing, the gifted and perceptive Bertie gives form and voice to the reality of the people and the world around her. While her father is happy enough to indulge Bertie's driving passion, her mother will not let art get in the way of the future she wishes for her only daughter.

'In 1955 the family moves to post-colonial Port Moresby, a sometimes violent frontier town, where Bertie, determined to be the master of her own life canvas, rebels against her mother's strict control. In this tropical landscape, Bertie thrives amid the lush pallette of colours and abundance, secretly learning the techniques of drawing and painting under the tutelage of her mother's arch rival.

'But Roberta is not the only one deceiving her family. As secrets come to light, the domestic varnish starts to crack, and jealousy and passion threaten to forever mar the relationship between mother and daughter.

'Tender and witty, The Beloved is a moving debut novel which paints a vivid portrait of both the beauty and the burden of unconditional love.' (From the publisher's website.)

2010 winner y separately published work icon RPM Noel Mengel , 2010 (Manuscript version)x402136 Z1721743 2010 single work novel

'RPM is a coming-of-age novel set in the early 1980s in a Queensland country town. For a group of young people on the cusp of adulthood, music is their bond and their escape. Narrated by Neil, who is working in the local court house, the novel follows his tentative early forays with girls, his attempts at musical greatness with his band and his dreams of leaving the "peanut town" behind. Along with a lively cast of characters such as JD the DJ, Stephen the Mod, Peaches, Jools One and Jools Two, Neil is drawn to returning London-based musician Ray Peter Manning and his record store, RPM. This is a fictional portrait about small-town life, its challenges and youth on the edge of adulthood.'

Source: Queensland Premier's Literary Awards website,
Sighted: 01/09/2010

2008 winner y separately published work icon Omega Park Amy Barker , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2009 Z1523154 2009 single work novel 'Amy Barker presents a confronting tale of heartbreak and redemption. Omega Park is a housing commission estate on the fringes of Queensland's Gold Coast. Dingo Patterson and Jacob Box are growing up and trying to survive. Surrounded by broken families, crime and desperation, they are young men with dreams of a different life. When a car chase ends in tragedy for one of the boys, relations with police and within the community reach crisis point. Amy Barker tells a sobering tale of modern warfare in the suburbs with confidence and assurance. This striking debut novel explores how life on society's margins can mean the end of the road for some, and offer the possibility of escape for others.' (Publisher's Blurb)
2007 winner y separately published work icon Fiveways Life in the Bus Lane Ian Commins , 2007 St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2008 Z1520783 2007 single work novel 'Set in Brisbane, this ambitious debut novel tells the story of five very different men and women who share a bus route but who are on very different journeys. Featuring an immigrant cellist grieving the loss of his daughter; a young banker who finds that having a rich father isn't always enough; a single mother caring for two difficult sons; an accountant struggling to come to terms with his unfulfilled ambition; and a runaway drug addict, Fiveways is a fascinating snapshot of some of the people who inhabit a modern city.' (Provided by the publisher). Awarded to the manuscript under the title 'Life in the Bus Lane'.
2006 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
2005 winner y separately published work icon The Long Road of the Junkmailer Patrick Holland , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2006 Z1286121 2006 single work novel 'A lonely junkmailer, his bag full of real estate leaflets, wanders the streets of a sleeping subtropical city. With adventure in his heart, his search for letterboxes takes on epic proportions throughout the night as dream and reality collide. Accompanied by a host of bizarre companions - a girl who has forgotten how to cry, a Polish-Aboriginal clairvoyant, a mysterious ringmaster, and a tribe of watchful white tigers - the junkmailer is led on a quixotic journey through the night-time streets of a city desperately in need of redemption. Why the city needs to be saved is another question entirely.' (Publisher's blurb)
2005 winner y separately published work icon The Comfort of Figs Simon Cleary , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2008 Z1488679 2008 single work novel '1939 As a burgeoning city emerges from its landscape, so too does a bridge that will transform it from a sleepy country town. Three young men work on the construction of this iconic steel bridge. Labouring high above the river in dangerous conditions, close bonds develop between them. But one slip can - and does - alter their lives forever. A generation later, Robbie, a young landscaper, grapples with his difficult relationship with his father whose past is inextricably linked with the famous cantilevered bridge. Robbie is also battling to save his future with his girlfriend Freya, after a violent assault by a stranger sends her spiralling into herself. The Comfort of Figs is the engrossing story of the birth of a city and the burden of a family secret. Its legacy is two monuments - one of nature and one of engineering - both of them unforgettable.' Source: (Sighted 09/04/2008).
2004 winner y separately published work icon An Accidental Terrorist Steven Lang , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2005 Z1204901 2005 single work novel thriller

'When Kelvin returns to his childhood home on the southern coast of New South Wales, he discovers the town is a haven for people like him who are on the run from their pasts. He meets Jessica, a lawyer who has escaped the city, and Carl, an enigmatic American farmer. Both are pursuing new lives and causes inspired by the extraordinary landscape around them. But Kelvin begins to see the darker side of the environmental debate when he becomes drawn into a community of anti-logging activists. As his relationship with Jessica intensifies and implodes, it provokes Kelvin to make a decision with devastating consequences for all of them. No-one is quite who they seem as, deep in these southern forests, the story builds to a dramatic climax.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2003 winner y separately published work icon The Kingdom Where Nobody Dies Kimberley Starr , 2003 St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2004 Z1072142 2003 single work novel crime mystery

'Twenty years after the first boy vanished along the Brisbane River, psychologist Madeleine Jeffries is called home to help untangle a chain of similar disappearances. To do so she must confront secrets and guilt from her own past.

'The Kingdom Where Nobody Dies is an exploration of grief, responsibility and repercussions, and the way childhood actions can echo throughout our lives.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2002 winner y separately published work icon The Lambing Flat Nerida Newton , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2003 Z983616 2003 single work novel
2002 winner y separately published work icon Mama Kuma : One Woman, Two Cultures Deborah Carlyon , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2002 Z973392 2002 single work biography

Kuma Kelage, daughter of a Chimbu chieftain from a quiet mountain village in the New Guinea Highlands, defied tradition and married a white Australian. With her daughter Ba, she travelled beyond the boundaries of her homeland, journeying through two cultures. Her story is told by her granddaughter, Deborah Carlyon.