The Stella Prize longlist for 2021 has just been announced and it’s bulging with books I actually want to read, unlike last year when I thought it was just trying too hard to cover every kind of book imaginable.
I’m delighted to see this year’s list features a couple of books I have already read (see the pink hyperlinks below) and pretty much everything else is already in my TBR or has been previously added to my wishlist. Only a few are completely new to me (the Lim, Milligan and Moore).
This is what is on the list:
- Fathoms: the world in the whale, by Rebecca Giggs (Scribe Publications)
- Revenge: Murder in Three Parts, by S.L. Lim (Transit Lounge)
- The Animals in That Country, by Laura Jean McKay ((Scribe Publications)
- Witness, by Louise Milligan (Hachette Australia)
- Metal Fish, Falling Snow, by Cath Moore (Text Publishing)
- The Wandering, by Intan Paramaditha (Penguin Random House)
- Stone Sky Gold Mountain, by Mirandi Riwoe (University of Queensland Press)
- Blueberries, by Ellena Savage (Text Publishing)
- Song of the Crocodile, by Nardi Simpson (Hachette Australia)
- Smart Ovens for Lonely People, by Elizabeth Tan (Brio Books)
- A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing, by Jessie Tu (Allen & Unwin)
- The Bass Rock, by Evie Wyld (Penguin Random House)
Once #SouthernCrossCrime2021 is over, I will look at reading everything on the shortlist, which will be announced on 25 March. The winner will be named on 22 April.
Only books (fiction and non-fiction) published by Australian women between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020 are eligible for the $50,000 prize.
You can read the official announcement here.