Awards Update

Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction 2021

 The winner of the 2021 Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction is Consolation by Garry Disher (Text).

The Ned Kelly Awards 2021 shortlist for this category was:

  • Consolation (Garry Disher, Text)
  • Gathering Dark (Candice Fox, Penguin)
  • A Testament of Character (Sulari Gentill, Pantera)
  • The Survivors (Jane Harper, Pan) *
  • The Good Turn (Dervla McTiernan, HarperCollins) *
  • Tell Me Lies (J P Pomare, Hachette) *
  • When She Was Good (Michael Robotham, Hachette) *
  • White Throat (Sarah Thornton, Text)

The books marked * have been reviewed in these pages.  To read the reviews, go to –

The Survivors by Jane Harper – Queensland Reviewers Collective

The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan – Queensland Reviewers Collective

Tell Me Lies by J.P. Pomare – Queensland Reviewers Collective

When She Was Good by Michael Robotham – Queensland Reviewers Collective

2021 National Biography Award

Cassandra Pybus has won the 2021 National Biography Award for Truganini: Journey through the apocalypse (A&U).

Pybus’s book charts the losses endured by Truganini, a Nuenonne woman from Bruny Island off Tasmania, her people and other clans in 1800s colonial Tasmania.

This year’s judges Suzanne Falkiner, Rick Morton and Mandy Sayer unanimously agreed Truganini was ‘the standout work in an impressive field’, presenting a clear-eyed view of a subject whose voice ‘has been lost in the self-serving narrative of modern Australia’.

Truganini has been reviewed in these pages.  To read the review, go to Truganini by Cassandra Pybus – Queensland Reviewers Collective

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