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The 3M Talking Book of the Year Award was presented by the Royal Blind Society. The award highlighted the importance of quality talking books to vision impaired and blind people.

Winners (also see subcategories)v435

1996 winner y separately published work icon Highways to a War Christopher Koch , New York (City) : Viking , 1995 Z456830 1995 single work novel (taught in 1 units)

'When Mike Langford, a war photographer with a reputation for unusual risk-taking, disappears inside Cambodia, he becomes a mythic figure in the minds of his friends. The search for him which is at the heart of this novel explores the personal highways that led him to war, and to his ultimate fate.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1995 winner y separately published work icon The Riders Tim Winton , Chippendale : Pan Macmillan Australia , 1994 Z295967 1994 single work novel (taught in 3 units)

Fred Scully is in another country, a 'desert Irishman' far from home. After two long years of travelling through Europe, he decided to move his family from Australia to western Ireland. Scully arrived weeks ahead of his family to renovate the old farmhouse they'd bought in the shadow of a castle in County Offally, and which he's renovated by hand. Now, at the gate of Shannon's international airport, he anxiously awaits the arrival of his pregnant wife and seven-year-old daughter, envisioning a new life ahead, a fresh start. He has waited for and worried about this for months. He is a man who does not like being alone. The plane lands, the glass doors to the terminal slide open and his daughter emerges. Alone. There is no note, no word of explanation from his wife, only the mute silence of his stunned child. In an instant, Scully's life goes down in flames. This is a story of a marriage in our time. So begins a love-crazed odyssey across Europe, to the underside of the male psyche, in search of a woman vanished.

(Adapted from Trove)

1994 winner y separately published work icon Fishing in the Styx Ruth Park , Ringwood : Viking , 1993 Z378816 1993 single work autobiography
1993 winner y separately published work icon Lovers' Knots : A Hundred-Year Novel Marion Halligan , Port Melbourne : Heinemann Australia , 1992 Z314607 1992 single work novel
1991 winner y separately published work icon Poppy Drusilla Modjeska , Ringwood : McPhee Gribble , 1990 Z791794 1990 single work novel (taught in 2 units) Drusilla Modjeska sets out to collect the evidence of her mother's life. When the facts refuse to give up their secrets, she follows the threads of history and memory into imagination. There she teases out the story of Poppy, who married at twenty and had an apparently happy life until, suddenly one day in 1959, she was taken away to a sanatorium. (Source: Libraries Australia)
1990 winner y separately published work icon The Road from Coorain Jill Ker Conway , Richmond London : Heinemann , 1989 Z361991 1989 single work autobiography

'One women's journey from a childhood in Australia's outback to adulthood as a successful American career woman. The Road From Coorain is about Everywoman, for it is about childhood loneliness, anguished parent-child relationships, dawning sensibility, discovering a vocation, and finding one's own sense of self.' (Source: Bunch of Grape Bookstore website)

1989 winner y separately published work icon My Father's Moon Elizabeth Jolley , Ringwood : Viking , 1989 Z206273 1989 single work novel (taught in 1 units) 'Vera is young, awkward and naive. As a schoolgirl, she has her sheltered idealism, her Quaker boarding-school education, and the warm, enveloping sense of security of her parents. As a student nurse during the war, her transition into womanhood is rapid, painful and disastrous. And as an unmarried mother she flees from the nagging tension of her home and the hospital gossip to Fairfields, a place of poetry, music and of people with interesting lives and ideas. Quickly she learns it is otherwise. Yet, for Vera, there is always the moon — her companion, comforter, and the unbreakable link with her father...' (Publisher's blurb, 2008 Penguin publication.)
1988 winner y separately published work icon Oscar and Lucinda Peter Carey , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1988 Z359704 1988 single work novel (taught in 7 units)

'Oscar Hopkins is an Oxford seminarian with a passion for gambling. Lucinda Leplastrier is a Sydney heiress with a fascination for glass. The year is 1864. When they meet on the boat to Australia their lives will be forever changed ...'

(Source: Publisher's website)

1986 winner y separately published work icon Lilian's Story Kate Grenville , Sydney : Allen and Unwin , 1985 Z1039066 1985 single work novel (taught in 5 units)

Madness, cruelty and sexuality permeate the house where she grew up, but Lilian's sights are set on education, love and - finally - her own transcendent forms of independence. Lilian Singer, who starts life at the beginning of the twentieth century as the daughter of a prosperous middle-class Australian family and ends it as a cheerfully eccentric bag-lady living on the streets, quoting Shakespeare for a living.

1985 winner y separately published work icon The Boy Adeodatus : The Portrait of a Lucky Young Bastard Bernard Smith , Ringwood : Allen Lane , 1984 Z130461 1984 single work autobiography
1984 winner y separately published work icon Amirah: An Un-Australian Childhood Amirah Inglis , Melbourne : Heinemann , 1983 Z430737 1983 single work autobiography
1983 winner y separately published work icon Schindler's Ark Thomas Keneally , London Sydney : Hodder and Stoughton , 1982 Z866693 1982 single work novel Based on a true incident, this is the story of Oscar Schindler, a German industrialist who saved over one thousand Jews from the Nazis. Keneally's account is taken from the testimonies of dozens of Holocaust survivors. (Source: Trove)