2009 in Australian literature

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The year 2009 in Australian literature involves some significant new books, drama, poetry and events.

For an overview of world literature see 2009 in literature.

See also: 2008 in Australian literature, 2009 in Australia, 2010 in Australian literature.


  • HarperCollins takes over ABC Books – the publishing arm of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.[1]
  • Caro Llewellyn, resigns as director of the new Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas (now called the Wheeler Centre) in Melbourne before taking up the role.[2] Chrissy Sharp, the Australian general manager of Sadler's Wells Theatre in London, is appointed to take her place.[3]
  • The Australia-Asia Literary Award, based in Western Australia, is suspended.[4]

Major publications[edit]

Literary fiction[edit]

Children's and Young Adult fiction[edit]

Crime and Mystery[edit]


Science Fiction and Fantasy[edit]



Awards and honours[edit]



Award Region Category Author Title Publisher
Commonwealth Writers' Prize SE Asia and South Pacific Best Novel Christos Tsiolkas The Slap Allen & Unwin


Award Category Author Title Publisher
Barbara Jefferis Award Helen Garner The Spare Room Text Publishing
The Age Book of the Year Fiction Steven Amsterdam Things We Didn't See Coming Sleepers Publishing
ALS Gold Medal Christos Tsiolkas The Slap Allen & Unwin
The Australian/Vogel Literary Award Lisa Lang Utopian Man
Kristel Thornell Night Street
Miles Franklin Award Fiction Tim Winton Breath Random House
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Fiction Joan London The Good Parents Hamish Hamilton
Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Fiction Richard Flanagan Wanting Random House
Victorian Premier's Literary Award Fiction Christos Tsiolkas The Slap Allen & Unwin

Science Fiction[edit]

Award Category Author Title Publisher
Shadows Award Lee Battersby "The Claws of Native Ghosts" The Beast Within, ed. Matt Hults


Award Category Author Title Publisher
National Biography Award Ann Blainey I Am Melba Black Inc.


See also[edit]


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