So before the winners are announced I thought it worth recapping which titles have been short-listed.
General Fiction Book of the Year 2013
Secrets of the Tides by Hannah Richell (Hachette Australia)
Jack of Diamonds by Bryce Courtenay (Penguin Group Australia)
Nine Days by Toni Jordan (The Text Publishing Company)
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton (Allen & Unwin)
The Mother’s Group by Fiona Higgins (Allen & Unwin)
The Amber Amulet by Craig Silvey (Allen & Unwin)
Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2013
Question of Travel by Michelle De Kretser (Allen & Unwin)
Floundering by Romy Ash (The Text Publishing Company)
The Light between Oceans by M.L. Stedman (Random House Australia)
Lola Bensky by Lily Brett (Penguin Group Australia)
The Daughters of Mars by Tom Keneally (Random House Australia)
The Mountain by Drusilla Modjeska (Random House Australia)
A listing of the many other Australian Book Industry Awards categories and the names of those short-listed in each can be found HERE.
Unfortunately I have only had the opportunity to read one of these titles so far, The Amber Amulet by Craig Silvey. While it is good, I do not think it’s up to the quality of this much loved author’s previous works. While I haven’t read their latest titles I am a fan of the work of Toni Jordan and Kate Morton also.