The shortlist for the inaugural Prime Minister's Literary Awards has been announced and there are 14 in total, fiction and non-fiction.

The awards are one of Australia's richest, with the winner of each category receiving $100,000.

Mr Rudd's decision is expected to be announced next month, as he will make the final decision, after advise from a six-member judging panel.

Shortlist: Fiction

  • Burning In, by Mireille Juchau
  • El Dorado, by Dorothy Porter
  • Jamaica, by Malcolm Knox
  • Sorry, by Gail Jones
  • The Complete Stories, by David Malouf
  • The Widow and Her Hero, by Tom Keneally
  • The Zookeeper's War, by Steven Conte

Shortlist: Non-fiction

  • A History of Queensland, by Raymond Evans
  • Cultural Amnesia: Notes in the Margin of My Time, by Clive James
  • My Life as a Traitor Zarah Ghahramani with, by Robert Hillman
  • Napoleon: The Path to Power, 1769-1799, by Philip Dwyer
  • Ochre and Rust: Artefacts and Encounters on Australian Frontiers, by Philip Jones
  • Shakespeare's Wife, by Germaine Greer
  • Vietnam: The Australian War, by Paul Ham

There is a serial child killer stalking the streets of Melbourne.

The victims are killed gently, lovingly, a gold mark traced on their forehead.

This killer doesn't hate children.  This killer believes in childhood innocence at any cost.

Unflinching and morally uncompromising, El Dorado is the story of a friendship under siege, and the very long shadows that jealousy and betrayal can cast.  It is both a complex thriller and a compelling reading experience from Australia's maverick and most versatile poet.

Add new comment

This is a book review site, with no relationship whatsoever with any of the authors mentioned here.

We do not provide a method for you to contact authors for any reason and comments of this nature are automatically deleted.

This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.

Submitted by Karen on Wed, 06/08/2008 - 07:15 pm