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GUEST BLOG: Caroline Baum on judging the Stella Prize

Judging a literary prize is the one thing that no algorithm, no matter how sophisticated, can do. It is an intensely human and subjective endeavour. Now that the winner of this year’s Stella prize has been announced, I can say with complete honesty that this was the hardest prize I have ever judged: partly because of the sheer volume of books that we five judges had to read, in a relatively tight time frame, and partly because the quality of the books made it such a difficult process. 569 more words

Literary Prizes

2015 Stella Prize Winner announced!

 Drum roll please…..and the winner is The Strays by Emily Bitto! 

The 2015 Stella Prize was awarded in Melbourne tonight with the winner receiving $50,000, and each of the shortlisted authors received $2000, courtesy of the Nelson Meers Foundation. 497 more words

Newsflash: Winner of the 2015 Stella Prize is...

Emily Bitto, for her debut novel The Strays.

Well.  That goes straight to the TBR pile then.

Bitto collects $50,000 for her win – congratulations! 68 more words


The Strays - Review

This review originally appeared on The Newtown Review of BooksSince then, The Strays has gone on to win the 2015 Stella Prize. 778 more words


Suburban Outworkers: Laurinda

Laurinda by Alice Pung

Laurinda is an exclusive school for girls and it is dominated by three perfect specimens who go by the name of the Cabinet. 299 more words

Australian Fiction

Sofie Laguna's The Eye of the Sheep is a painful picture of not fitting in

I admit I approached Sofie Laguna’s The Eye of the Sheep with some trepidation. The synopsis indicated some dangerous potential pitfalls. The book, which is shortlisted for the… 263 more words