Congratulations to Rohan Wilson and Justine Larbalestier whose books have been shortlisted for the 2015 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards! Rohan Wilson's To Name Those Lost is up for the Fiction prize, while Justine Larbalestier's Razorhurst has been nominated in the Young Adult category.
The judges commented of To Name Those Lost that 'The writing is compelling and vivid, the use of language superb, and Wilson skillfully weaves the narrative through fiction and history to its awful conclusion.' Of Razorhurst, they note that 'This structurally complex novel moves at a pace that allows no room for uncertainty, and Larbalestier never falters. She deftly paints a moment from Australian history rarely, if ever, seen in young adult fiction, and the result is clever, original and extremely well executed.'
Readers can vote for their favourite nominee in the Reader's Choice award here. Winners will be named in early 2015.
The Victorian Premier's Literary Awards were inaugurated by the Victorian Government in 1985 to honour literary achievement by Australian writers. The Awards are administered by the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas on behalf of the Premier of Victoria.