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NATIONAL BIOGRAPHY AWARD 2021

August 05, 2021

 National Biography Award - stack of books on table

The State Library of NSW has announced compelling biographies of trailblazers and survivors have been shortlisted alongside raw-edged memoirs by debut authors for the 2021 National Biography Award, the richest prize in Australia for biography and life stories.

Selected from 101 entries, the shortlisted works were:

  • The Lotus Eaters by Emily Clements (Hardie Grant Books)
  • One Bright Moon by Andrew Kwong (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Max by Alex Miller (Allen & Unwin)
  • Truganini: Journey through the apocalypse by Cassandra Pybus (Allen & Unwin)
  • Tell Me Why by Archie Roach (Simon & Schuster Australia)
  • Penny Wong: Passion and Principle by Margaret Simons (Black Inc. Books)


The judging panel for this year's award is comprised of Suzanne Falkiner, Rick Morton and Mandy Sayer.

Senior Judge, Suzanne Falkiner commented: "In this difficult period of confinement it was a privilege to enter the worlds of such a diverse set of writers — almost half the works were from first-time biographers from mainstream publishers which demonstrates a healthy appetite among readers for fresh and innovative life stories from all corners of Australian society."

"The strong showing of debut works made for a difficult task of narrowing them down to the most worthy contenders for inclusion in the shortlist, which is why we have requested to mention these further titles as 'highly commended'," said Ms Falkiner.

The winner was announced on 26 August 2021.



WINNER


Truganini - image Link to the book


WINNER: DEBUT


One Bright Moon - image Link to the book