2005 in Australian literature

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The year 2005 in Australian literature involves some significant new books, drama, poetry and events.

For an overview of world literature see 2005 in literature.

See also: 2004 in Australian literature, 2005 in Australia, 2006 in Australian literature.

Events[edit]

  • Morag Fraser is appointed as a judge of the Miles Franklin Award, following the resignation of 3 judges in late 2004[1]
  • Murray Bail is accused of plagiarism over several passages in his novel Eucalyptus. Bail later accepts the breach and intends adding an acknowledgment in future editions[2]
  • the Victorian town of Shepparton unveils a statue of Joseph Furphy, author of Such is Life[3]
  • Collins Booksellers, Australia's third largest national bookseller, goes into voluntary administration[4]

Major publications[edit]

Literary fiction[edit]

Children's and Young Adult fiction[edit]

Crime[edit]

Romance[edit]

  • The Father Factor - Lilian Darcy
  • Bride by Accident - Marion Lennox

Science fiction and fantasy[edit]

Drama[edit]

  • Human Resources - Chris Aronsten
  • A Single Act - Jane Brodie
  • Asylum - Catherine Lazaroo

Poetry[edit]

  • The Past Completes Me: Selected Poems 1973-2003 - Alan Gould
  • The New Arcadia - John Kinsella
  • Friendly Fire - Jennifer Maiden
  • Latecomers - Jaya Savige

Non-fiction[edit]

  • Mussolini's Italy: Life Under the Dictatorship 1915-1945 - R.J.B. Bosworth
  • Aboriginal Victorians: A History Since 1800 - Richard Broome
  • Margaret Michaelis: Love, Loss and Photography - Helen Ennis
  • The Black Dress: Mary MacKillop's Early Years - Pamela Freeman
  • A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia - Tom Keneally
  • Botany Bay: Where Histories Meet - Maria Nugent

Biographies[edit]

  • We'll Always Have Paris: Sex and Love in the City of Light - John Baxter
  • My Spin on Cricket - Richie Benaud
  • Absurdistan: A Bumpy Ride Through Some of the World's Scariest, Weirdest Places - Eric Campbell
  • Morris West: Literary Maverick - Maryanne Convoy
  • The Beginner's Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize: A Life in Science - Peter C. Doherty
  • A Figure of Speech: A Political Memoir - Graham Freudenberg
  • Albert Tucker - Gavin Fry
  • Billy Hughes: Prime Minister and Controversial Founding Father of the Australian Labor Party - Aneurin Hughes
  • The Magician's Son - Sandy McCutcheon
  • A Man's Got to Have a Hobby: Long Summers with My Dad - William McInnes
  • Judy Cassab: A Portrait - Brenda Niall
  • Jeffrey Smart - Barry Pearce
  • East of Time - Jacob G. Rosenberg
  • Velocity - Mandy Sayer
  • Hoi Polloi - Craig Sherborne
  • Out of My Comfort Zone - Steve Waugh
  • Dirt Cheap: Life at the Wrong End of the Job Market - Elizabeth Wynhausen

Awards and honours[edit]

Lifetime achievement[edit]

Award Author
Patrick White Award Fay Zwicky

Fiction[edit]

International[edit]

Award Category Author Title Publisher
Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best Novel Andrew McGahan The White Earth Allen and Unwin
Best First Novel Larissa Behrendt Home University of Queensland Press

National[edit]

Award Category Author Title Publisher
The Age Book of the Year Fiction Gail Jones Sixty Lights Harvill Press
ALS Gold Medal Gail Jones Sixty Lights Harvill Press
The Australian/Vogel Literary Award Andrew O'Connor Tuvalu Allen and Unwin
Colin Roderick Award Peter Temple The Broken Shore Text Publishing
Miles Franklin Award Andrew McGahan The White Earth Allen and Unwin
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Fiction Tim Winton The Turning Picador
Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Fiction Tim Winton The Turning Picador
Victorian Premier's Literary Award Fiction Sonya Hartnett Surrender Walker Books
Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Fiction Gail Jones Sixty Lights Harvill Press

Children and Young Adult[edit]

National[edit]

Award Category Author Title Publisher
Children's Book of the Year Award Older Readers Michael Gerard Bauer The Running Man Omnibus Books
Younger Readers Sonya Hartnett The Silver Donkey Viking Books
Picture Book Alison Lester Are We There Yet? A Journey Around Australia Viking Books
Early Childhood Mem Fox, illus. Judy Horacek Where is the Green Sheep? Viking Books
Davitt Award Young Adult Joanna Baker Devastation Road Lothian
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Children's Sherryl Clark Farm Kid Puffin Books
Young People's Steven Herrick By the River Allen and Unwin
Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Children's Prue Mason Camel Rider Puffin Books
Young Adult Joanne Horniman Secret Scribbled Notebooks Allen and Unwin
Victorian Premier's Literary Award Young Adult Fiction Scott Westerfeld So Yesterday Penguin Books
Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Writing for Young Adults Anthony Eaton Fireshadow University of Queensland Press
Children's Joanne Crawford and Grace Fielding A Home for Bilby Magabala Books

Crime and Mystery[edit]

National[edit]

Award Category Author Title Publisher
Davitt Award Novel Kathryn Fox Malicious Intent Macmillan
Ned Kelly Award Novel Michael Robotham Lost Time Warner Book Group
First novel Malcolm Knox A Private Man Vintage Books

Science Fiction[edit]

Award Category Author Title Publisher
Aurealis Award Novel K. A. Bedford Eclipse Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy
Short Story Trent Jamieson "Slow and Ache" Aurealis
Ditmar Award Novel Sean Williams The Crooked Letter Voyager
Novella/Novelette Paul Haines "The Last Days of Kali Yuga" NFG Magazine
Short Story Margo Lanagan "Singing My Sister Down" Black Juice
Collected Work Margo Lanagan Black Juice Allen & Unwin
Australian Shadows Award Lee Battersby "Father Muerte and the Flesh" Aurealis

Non-Fiction[edit]

Award Category Author Title Publisher
The Age Book of the Year Non-fiction Gay Bilson Plenty: Digressions on Food Lantern
National Biography Award Robert Hillman The Boy in the Green Suit Scribe Publications
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Non-fiction John Hughes The Idea of Home: Autobiographical Essays Giramondo Publishing
New South Wales Premier's History Awards Australian History Eileen Chanin and Steven Miller Degenerates and Perverts: the 1939 Exhibition of French and British Contemporary Art Melbourne University Publishing
Community and Regional History Joe Hajdu Samurai in the Surf: the Arrival of the Japanese on the
Gold Coast in the 1980s
Pandanus Books
General History Sally Neighbour In the Shadow of Swords: on the Trail of Terrorism from Afghanistan to Australia HarperCollins
Young People's Allan Baillie My Story: Riding with Thunderbolt, the Diary of Ben Cross Scholastic Press
Nita Kibble Literary Award Gay Bilson Plenty: Digressions on Food Lantern
Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Non-fiction Geoffrey Bardon and James Bardon Papunya - A Place Made After the Story Miegunyah Press
History Shane White and Graham White The Sounds of Slavery: Discovering African
History Through Songs, Sermons and Speech
Beacon Press
Victorian Premier's Literary Award Non-fiction Robert Dessaix Twilight of Love: Travels with Turgenev Picador

Poetry[edit]

Award Author Title Publisher
The Age Book of the Year Dipti Saravanamuttu The Colosseum Five Islands Press
Grace Leven Prize for Poetry Noel Rowe Next to Nothing Vagabond Press
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Samuel Wagan Watson Smoke Encrypted Whispers University of Queensland Press
Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Sarah Day The Ship Brandl and Schlesinger
Victorian Premier's Literary Award M. T. C. Cronin <More Or Less Than> 1-100 Shearsman Books
Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Miriam Wei Wei Lo Against Certain Capture Five Islands Press

Deaths[edit]

  • 11 April - John Brosnan, sf and cinema writer (born 1947)
  • 10 May - Percy Trezise, children's writer (born 1923)
  • 30 May - Michael Thwaites, poet (born 1915)
  • 29 August - Margaret Scott, poet and novelist (born 1934)
  • 8 September - Donald Horne, social and political commentator (born 1921)
  • 14 October - Barney Roberts, poet and short story writer (born 1920)
  • 1 November - Jenny Boult, poet (born 1951)
  • 24 December - Bill Scott, poet and children's writer (born 1922)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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