2004 in Australian literature

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The year 2004 in Australian literature involves some significant new books, drama, poetry and events.

For an overview of world literature see 2004 in literature.

See also: 2003 in Australian literature, 2004 in Australia, 2005 in Australian literature.

Events[edit]

  • John Hay, Peter Porter, Elizabeth Webby, W. H. Wilde, and Barbara Ker Wilson are all recognised in the 2004 Australia Day Honours.[1]
  • Peter Craven is sacked as editor of Quarterly Essay and the annual The Best Australian... anthologies after a dispute with Black Inc. publisher Morry Schwartz.[1]
  • Kenneth Dutton, Nick Enright, Morag Fraser, David Myers, and Brenda Niall are recognised in the Queen's Birthday honours list.[2]
  • Independent book publishers Text (Australia) and Canongate (UK) form a joint venture. The Text Media Group, purchased by John Fairfax earlier this year, sells Text Publishing to the joint venture partners.[2]
  • Sydney Morning Herald Literary Editor, Malcolm Knox exposes Norma Khouri and her 'factual' account of honour killings in Jordan as a fabrication.[3]
  • Mark Rubbo, David Marr and Kerryn Goldsworthy resign as Miles Franklin Award judges in protest at changes to the charter governing the award's administration.[4]

Major publications[edit]

Literary fiction[edit]

Children's and Young Adult fiction[edit]

Crime[edit]

Romance[edit]

  • Ophelia's Fan - Christine Balint
  • Spinning Around - Catherine Jinks
  • The Ideal Bride - Stephanie Laurens
  • The Stockmen - Rachael Treasure
  • Outback Sunset - Lynne Wilding

Science Fiction and Fantasy[edit]

Drama[edit]

Poetry[edit]

Non-fiction[edit]

  • Wrong About Japan: A Father's Journey with His Son - Peter Carey
  • Car Wars: How the Car Won Our Hearts and Conquered Our Cities - Graeme Davison with Sheryl Yelland
  • In the Shadow of Swords: on the Trail of Terrorism from Afghanistan to Australia - Sally Neighbour

Biographies[edit]

  • Henry Handel Richardson: A Life - Michael Ackland
  • Adam's Ark - Phillip Adams
  • Plenty: Digressions on Food - Gay Bilson
  • Charmian and George: The Marriage of George Johnston and Charmian Clift - Max Brown
  • Keep the Bastards Honest - Don Chipp
  • Latham and Abbott - Michael Duffy
  • The Girl from Botany Bay: The True Story of Mary Broad and Her Extraordinary Escape - Carolly Erikson
  • Steve Waugh - Peter FitzSimmons
  • Country - Tim Flannery
  • The Idea of Home: Autobiographical Essays - John Hughes
  • I Am What I Am: My Life and Curious Times - John Marsden
  • A Life by Design: The Art and Lives of Florence Broadhurst - Siobhan O'Brien
  • Hazel's Journey: A Personal Experience of Alzheimer's - Sue Pieters-Hawke and Hazel Flynn
  • Sometimes I Forgot to Laugh - Peter Roebuck
  • Bud: A Life - Charles Tingwell
  • Hard Road: The Life and Times of Stevie Wright - Stevie Wright and Glenn Goldsmith

Awards and honours[edit]

Lifetime achievement[edit]

Award Author
Patrick White Award Nancy Phelan

Fiction[edit]

International[edit]

Award Category Author Title Publisher
Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best Novel, SE Asia and South Pacific region Michelle de Kretser The Hamilton Case Knopf
Best First Novel, SE Asia and South Pacific region Nada Awar Jarrar Somewhere, Home Heineman

National[edit]

Award Category Author Title Publisher
The Age Book of the Year Fiction Andrew McGahan The White Earth Allen & Unwin
The Australian/Vogel Literary Award Julienne van Loon Road Story Allen & Unwin
Colin Roderick Award Alan Wearne The Lovemakers ABC Books
Tim Winton The Turning Picador
Miles Franklin Award Shirley Hazzard The Great Fire Farrar Straus and Giroux
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Fiction Brian Castro Shanghai Dancing Giramondo Publishing
Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Fiction J. M. Coetzee Elizabeth Costello Secker & Warburg
Victorian Premier's Literary Award Fiction Annamarie Jagose Slow Water Vintage Books
Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Fiction Brett D'Arcy The Mindless Ferocity of Sharks Vintage Books

Children and Young Adult[edit]

National[edit]

Award Category Author Title Publisher
Children's Book of the Year Award Older Readers Melina Marchetta Saving Francesca Viking Books
Younger Readers Carole Wilkinson Dragon Keeper Black Dog Books
Picture Book Joan Grant, illus. Neil Curtis Cat and Fish Lothian
Early Childhood Pamela Allen Grandpa and Thomas Viking Books
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Children's Kierin Meehan Night Singing Puffin Books
Young People's David Metzenthen Boys of Blood and Bone Penguin Books
Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Children's Carole Wilkinson Dragonkeeper Black Dog Books
Young Adult Martine Murray How to Make a Bird Allen & Unwin
Victorian Premier's Literary Award Young Adult Fiction Margo Lanagan Black Juice Allen & Unwin
Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Writing for Young Adults Colin Bowles Nights in the Sun Penguin Books
Children's Mark Greenwood The Legend of Lasseter's Reef Cygnet

Crime and Mystery[edit]

National[edit]

Award Category Author Title Publisher
Davitt Award Novel Janette Turner Hospital Due Preparations for the Plague HarperCollins
Ned Kelly Award Novel Jon Cleary Degrees of Connection HarperCollins
First novel Jane R. Goodall The Walker Hodder Headline
Wayne Grogan Junkie Pilgrim Brandl and Schlesinger

Science Fiction[edit]

Award Category Author Title Publisher
Aurealis Award Sf Novel Jonathan Blum and Kate Orman Fallen Gods Telos Publishing
Sf Short Story Brendan Duffy "Louder Echo" Agog! Terrific Tales
Fantasy Novel Garth Nix Abhorsen Allen and Unwin
Fantasy Short Story Lucy Sussex "La Sentinelle" Southern Blood: New Australian Tales of the Supernatural
Horror Novel Victor Kelleher Born of the Sea Viking Books
Horror Short Story Simon Brown "Love is a Stone" Gathering the Bones
Young Adult Novel Garth Nix Abhorsen Allen and Unwin
Carole Wilkinson Dragonkeeper Black Dog Books
Ditmar Award Novel K. J. Bishop The Etched City Prime Books
Novella/Novelette Lucy Sussex "La Sentinelle" Southern Blood: New Australian Tales of the Supernatural
Short Story Trudi Canavan "Room for Improvement" Forever Shores
Collected Work Cat Sparks ed. Agog! Terrific Tales Agog! Press
Peter McNamara and Margaret Winch eds. Forever Shores Wakefield Press

Non-Fiction[edit]

Award Category Author Title Publisher
The Age Book of the Year Non-Fiction Peter Robb A Death in Brazil Duffy and Snellgrove
National Biography Award Barry Hill Broken Song: T.G.H. Strehlow and Aboriginal Possession Knopf
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Non-Fiction Inga Clendinnen Dancing with Strangers Text Publishing
New South Wales Premier's History Awards Australian History Stuart Macintyre and Anna Clark The History Wars Melbourne University Press
Community and Regional History Patricia Crawford and Ian Crawford Contested Country: A History of the Northcliffe Area University of Western Australia Press
General History Edward Duyker Citizen Labillardiere: A Naturalist's Life in Revolution and Exploration (1755–1834) Melbourne University Press
Young People's David Hollinsworth They Took the Children Working Title Press
Nita Kibble Literary Award Fiona Capp That Oceanic Feeling Allen and Unwin
Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Non-fiction Peter Robb A Death in Brazil Duffy and Snellgrove
History Inga Clendinnen Dancing with Strangers Text Publishing
Victorian Premier's Literary Award Non-fiction Graeme Davison Car Wars: How the Car Won Our Hearts and Conquered Our Cities Allen and Unwin

Poetry[edit]

Award Author Title Publisher
The Age Book of the Year Dipti Saravanamuttu The Colosseum Five Islands Press
ALS Gold Medal Laurie Duggan Mangroves University of Queensland Press
Grace Leven Prize for Poetry Luke Davies Totem Allen & Unwin
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Pam Brown Dear Deliria: New & Selected Poems Salt Publishing
Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Judith Beveridge Wolf Notes Giramondo Publishing
Victorian Premier's Literary Award Judith Beveridge Wolf Notes Giramondo Publishing
Western Australian Premier's Book Awards John Kinsella Peripheral Light Fremantle Arts Centre Press

Deaths[edit]

  • 3 January - Barbara Jefferis, novelist and dramatist (born 1917)
  • 8 January - Norman Talbot, poet (born 1936)
  • 17 February - Bruce Beaver, poet (born 1928)
  • 11 April - Wilbur G. Howcroft, writer for children (born 1917)
  • 7 July - Elisabeth MacIntyre, writer for children (born 1916)
  • 17 August - Thea Astley, novelist (born 1925)
  • 8 November - Peter Mathers, novelist and short story writer (born 1931)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Austlit Gateway News March/April 2004
  2. ^ a b The Austlit Gateway News July/August 2004
  3. ^ The Austlit Gateway News September/October 2004
  4. ^ "Book prize controversy". The Age (Melbourne). 23 December 2004. Archived from the original on 16 May 2009. Retrieved 21 April 2009. 

Note: all references relating to awards can, or should be, found on the relevant award's page.