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2011 National Biography Award - Winner
16 May 2011

Grand Obsessions wins The National Biography Award

Alasdair McGregor has won the 2011 National Biography Award for his critically acclaimed book, Grand Obsessions: The Life and Work of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin.

The National Biography Award was established in 1996 to encourage the highest standards of writing biography and autobiography and to promote public interest in these genres. The award is administered and presented by the NSW State Library on behalf of the award’s benefactors, Geoffrey Cains and Michael Crouch AO. Australia’s richest prize for biographical writing and memoir, the winner receives $20,000 in prize money.

“In a notable year for Australian biography and memoir, Grand Obsessions is as much a book about architecture as it is about two extraordinarily talented people in our history,” said Noelle Nelson, Acting NSW State Librarian & Chief Executive.

On accepting the award, Alasdair McGregor said: "I couldn't think of two more interesting, demanding and endlessly fascinating characters about whom to write."

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2011 International Book Awards - winner
12 May 2011

Fiction: Historical Fiction

Fields of Gold by Fiona McIntosh

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2011 REAL Awards - shortlisted
11 May 2011

The shortlist for this year's Reading & Enjoying Australian Literature (REAL) Awards, which acts as the shortlist for children's choice book award shortlists in the ACT (COOL Awards), NSW (KOALA Awards), NT (KROC Awards) and VIC (YABBAs), has been announced.

Picture storybooks:

Enigma by Graeme Base

The Terrible Plop by Ursula Dubosarsky and Andrew Joyner

Fiction for older readers:

Specky Magee and the Best of Oz by Felice Arena and Garry Lyon

Thai-Riffic! by Oliver Phommovanh

Fiction for years 7-9:

Dancing in the Dark by Robyn Bavati

The Stone Key by Isobelle Carmody

Now by Morris Gleitzman

Girl Underground by Morris Gleitzman

RBY Awards 2011 - shortlisted
10 May 2011

Romantic Elements

At Home with the Templetons by Monica McInerney

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The 2011 Ned Kelly Awards - Nominated
05 May 2011

Best First Fiction

The Pericles Commission  Gary Corby

Mosquito Creek  Robert Engwerda

The Old School  PM Newton

Line of Sight  David Whish-Wilson

Best Fiction

The Ghost Of Waterloo Robin Adair

The Maya Codex Adrian d'Hage

Diggers Rest Hotel Geoff McGeachin

2011 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award - shortlisted
21 Apr 2011
2011 Orange Prize for Fiction - shortlisted
18 Apr 2011

Great House by Nicole Krauss

The winner will be announced June 8.

BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non Fiction - longlisted
18 Apr 2011

Bomber County by Daniel Swift

Caravaggio by Andrew Graham Dixon

Reprobates by John Stubbs

A shortlist of six will be announced on 14 June.

The winner will be announced on 6 July at an event at the Royal Institute of British Architects, London.

The Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards 2011 - shortlisted
12 Apr 2011

Older Readers

The Midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett

The Life of a Teenage Body-Snatcher by Doug MacLeod

The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta

Younger Readers

The Red Wind by Isobelle Carmody

Early Childhood

It's Bedtime, William! by Deborah Niland

The Deep End, by Ursula Dubosarsky, illustrated by Mitch Vane

Picture Books

My Uncle's Donkey by Tohby Riddle

Eve Pownall Award for Information Book

The Return of the Word Spy by Ursula Dubosarsky, illustrated by Tohby Riddle

Wicked Warriors & Evil Emperors: the True Story of the Fight for Ancient China by Allison Lloyd, illustrated by Terry Denton

For the full list of nominees in all categories, and for more information about the awards, see


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27 Jan 2016
Quentin Blake to illustrate rediscovered Beatrix Potter Tale
  Beatrix Potter’s THE TALE OF KITTY-IN-BOOTS was recently rediscovered by Penguin Random House Children’s, over 100 years after it was originally writtenLondon – 26 January 2016In September 2016, Frederick Warne & Co., Beatrix Potter’s original publisher and an imprint of Penguin Random House Children’s, will publish a brand-new tale by one of the world’s best-loved children’s authors, Beatrix Potter.

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