The Stella Prize longlist has been announced.
Below is a list of the longlisted books, along with links to reviews submitted for the AWW Challenge.
How well did we do?
- Foreign Soil by Maxine Beneba Clarke, reviewed by Sean Bookonaut, Lou Heinrich, Jason Nahrung and Jo Tamar
- The Strays by Emily Bitto, reviewed by Sonja Porter
- Only the Animals by Ceridwen Dovey, reviewed by Angie Holst and Brona
- This House of Grief by Helen Garner, reviewed by Lou Murphy, Michelle Scott Tucker, Bree, Angie Holst, Jennifer Cameron-Smith, Kate, Jonathan Shaw, Whispering Gums and Carol
- Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett, reviewed by Brenda, Bree, Kate, Carol and Elizabeth Lhuede
- The Invisible History of the Human Race by Christine Kenneally
- The Eye of the Sheep by Sophie Laguna, reviewed by Brenda and Caroline
- The Golden Age by Joan London, reviewed by Emily Paull, Brenda, Robynne Young, Janine Rizzetti and Maureen Helen
- Laurinda by Alice Pung, reviewed by Kathryn Goldie, Bree, Shelleyrae and Kate
- Nest by Inga Simpson, reviewed by Carolyn, Lisa Walker, Maree Kimberley, Brenda and The Opal Octopus
- Heat and Light by Ellen van Neerven, reviewed by Jessica White
- In My Mother’s Hands by Biff Ward, reviewed by Kylie Mason
As you can see, most of the books received at least one review, with several attracting multiple reviews. If numbers count, Helen Garner’s This House of Grief is a clear favourite with nine reviews, followed by Sonya Hartnett’s Golden Boys, Joan London’s The Golden Age and Inga Simpson’s Nest with five reviews each.
The only book not reviewed for the challenge is Christine Kenneally’s The Invisible History of the Human Race.
If you have reviewed one of these books and your review isn’t listed above, please leave a link to your review in the comments below.
Further information about the longlist can be found on The Stella Prize website here.
Now for the big question: how many of the longlisted books have you read?
I’m embarrassed to say only one, though I have two on my actual TBR. That’s still not very good is it! I think only one not yet reviewed for the challenge is better than last year isn’t it – which is a wonderful outcome.
It is a wonderful outcome – and I’m still hoping someone will put up their hands to review the Kenneally one. I’m happy to say I’ve read two (but only reviewed one). I loved Sonya Hartnett’s Golden Boys. The other, Garner’s House of Grief, has been so well reviewed I don’t think there’s much I could add. What are the books on your TBR pile?
Such an interesting list with many new books for my TBR. I’ve read two and reviewed one for the Australian Women Writers Challenge 2015: Joan London’s The Golden Age.
Fabulous that so many books have been read and reviewed for the AWWC this year.
It’s a good sign, isn’t it, Maureen? I’ll be interested to follow your reviews of the Stella Prize longlist throughout the year – assuming you will read and review!
I also read Golden Boys and This House of Grief (last year) my review links are on this post I did for the Stella’s – http://bronasbooks.blogspot.com.au/2015/02/stella-longlist-2015.html
I also have Heat & Light, The Golden Age and Laurinda on my TBR pile.
The Invisible History of the Human Race sounds fascinating, but will have to wait til I finish my current non-fiction read about the brain!
Thank you for linking up everyone’s reviews to this post – I appreciate how much time that takes – it will be great to go and visit them all over the next few days -:-)
Thanks for the link, Brona – and for your contribution. And you’re very welcome re the roundup of review links. It is good to be able to see who else is blogging/reviewing in this area. I hope you enjoy the blog hopping when you get around to it.
Hmm I’ve also reviewed Golden Boys and Nest though my name isn’t listed 🙂
Hi Shelleyrae. Thanks for pointing out the omission. I’ve gone back through this year’s page and last year’s review listings on Weebly for Literary and General Fiction (I started out with 2014 releases) and can’t find the links for your reviews. Are you sure you entered them?
So pleased to see Ceridwen Dovey’s ‘Only the Animals’ in the longlist, my review: http://bookloverbookreviews.com/2015/02/book-review-animals-ceridwen-dovey.html