Sorry everyone - been up to the wazoo fighting back the flood waters (next up is a locust plague - go on / make your comparisons!) - anyway Ned Kelly's announced last night:
Kathy Marks, Pitcairn: Paradise Lost, Harper Collins
Best First Fiction
Mark Dapin, King of the Cross, Macmillan
Garry Disher, Wyatt, Text
SD Harvey Short Story
Lucy Sussex The Fountain of Justice (Came 2nd I understand - sorry not up to date with the winner yet).
Zane Lovitt, Leaving the Fountainhead
Robert Goodman, The Travertine Fountain
Lifetime Achievement Award
Very pleased to see Wyatt the winner - fantastic book.
Pitcairn Island, remote and wild, home to descendants of the Bounty, a South Pacific Shangri-la, shrouded in myth...
But also, as the world would discover, a place of sinister secrets.
In 2000, police descended on the British colony to investigate disturbing reports of rape. What they discovered was a shocking trail of child abuse dating back generations. Scarcely a man was untainted by the allegations, and barely a girl had escaped, yet most residents feigned ignorance or claimed it was their ′way of life′.
The ensuing trials would tear the tiny community of just 47 people apart, pitting neighbour against neighbour and reopening long-festering wounds.
One of only six journalists to gain access to the island, Kathy Marks lived on Pitcairn during the trials and then followed the legal and human saga to its conclusion in 2007. In this riveting account, she uncovers a society gone badly astray, leaving lives shattered and codes broken: a paradise truly lost.
King of the Cross is a dazzling novel that explores the criminal world of Jacob Mendoza: legendary Godfather of Kings Cross and for more than four decades, Australia's most powerful and notorious crime figure. Now in his eighties, Mendoza believes it's time to record his epic life story - although finding a competent writer is never easy. As Mendoza unfolds his seductive story of thugs and drugs, murders and mysteries, bikers, bent cops and girls, girls, girls, it emerges that he's not the only one with a past. And the memoir takes shape, other more terrifying criminals are circling the kingdom that Mendoza built.
Wyatt's been away; now he's back. The job's a jewel heist, quick and simple. Stake out the international courier, one Alain Le Page. Hold up the goods in transit. Get away clean. Wyatt prefers to work alone but this one belongs to Eddie Oberin - his very smart ex-wife Lydia has inside information. Wyatt has the planning genius and attention to detail. So what could possibly go wrong? Plenty, if Le Page has anything to do with it. But when you cross Wyatt, you don't walk away.