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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."
For more information visit http://blog.sl.nsw.gov.au/media/
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.
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
Best First Fiction
The Pericles Commission Gary Corby
Mosquito Creek Robert Engwerda
The Old School PM Newton
Line of Sight David Whish-Wilson
The Ghost Of Waterloo Robin Adair
The Maya Codex Adrian d'Hage
Diggers Rest Hotel Geoff McGeachin
Love and Summer by William Trevor
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 Midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett
The Life of a Teenage Body-Snatcher by Doug MacLeod
The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta
The Red Wind by Isobelle Carmody
It's Bedtime, William! by Deborah Niland
The Deep End, by Ursula Dubosarsky, illustrated by Mitch Vane
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 http://cbca.org.au/Shortlist_2011.htm