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Book awards: The Age Book of the Year Award

Book awards by cover

Works (74)

A History of Australia, Vol. 3: The Beginning of an Australian Civilization 1824-1851 by Manning ClarkNon fiction, 1974
Pure Land by David FosterFiction, 1974
A kindness cup by Thea AstleyFiction, 1975
Capitalism, Socialism and the Environment by Hugh StrettonNon fiction, 1976
A late picking : poems 1965-1974 by A. D. HopeFiction, 1976
A certain grandeur : Gough Whitlam in politics by Graham FreudenbergNon fiction, 1977
The Anzacs by Patsy Adam-SmithNon fiction, 1978
The Year of Living Dangerously by Christopher J. KochFiction, 1978
1915 by Roger McDonaldFiction, 1979
Homesickness by Murray BailFiction, 1980
A Woman of the Future by David IrelandFiction, 1980
A Million Wild Acres by Eric C. RollsNon fiction, 1981
Fly Away Peter by David MaloufFiction, 1982
John Monash: A Biography by Geoffrey SerleNon fiction, 1982
A history of Tasmania. Volume I. Van Diemen's Land from the earliest times to 1855 by L. L. RobsonNon fiction, 1983
Mr. Scobie's Riddle by Elizabeth JolleyFiction, 1983
The Bellarmine Jug by Nicholas HasluckFiction, 1984
H.B. Higgins: The Rebel as Judge by John RickardNon fiction, 1984
Illywhacker by Peter CareyFiction, 1985
Mapping The Paddocks by Chester EagleNon fiction, 1985
Vietnam: A Reporter's War by Hugh LunnNon fiction, 1985
George Johnston: A biography by Garry KinnaneNon fiction, 1986
Sister Ships (King Penguin) by Joan LondonFiction, 1986
The Fatal Shore by Robert HughesNon fiction, 1987
Stories from the Warm Zone by Jessica AndersonFiction, 1987
Big-noting : the heroic theme in Australian war writing by Robin GersterNon fiction, 1988
Forty-seventeen by Frank MoorhouseFiction, 1988
Mariners are warned! : John Lort Stokes and H.M.S. Beagle in Australia 1837-1843 by Marsden HordernNon fiction, 1989
Blessed City - Letters of Glen Harwood (Imprint lives) by Gwen HarwoodNon fiction, 1990
Longleg by Glenda AdamsFiction, 1990
Double-Wolf by Brian CastroFiction, 1991
Patrick White: A Life by David MarrNon fiction, 1991
A Fence Around the Cuckoo by Ruth ParkNon fiction, 1992
Lovers Knots: A Hundred-Year Novel by Marion HalliganFiction, 1992
The Georges' Wife by Elizabeth JolleyFiction, 1993
Journeyings: The Biography of a Middle-Class Generation 1920-1990 by Janet McCalmanNon fiction, 1993
Lyrebird rising : Louise Hanson-Dyer of Oiseau-Lyre, 1884-1962 by Jim DavidsonNon fiction, 1994
The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith by Peter CareyFiction, 1994
Billy Sunday: A Novel by Rod JonesFiction, 1995
The Future Eaters: An Ecological History of the Australasian Lands and People by Tim FlanneryNon fiction, 1995
The Multiple Effects of Rainshadow by Thea AstleyFiction, 1996
Robin Boyd: A Life (Melbourne University Press Australian Lives) by Geoffrey SerleNon fiction, 1996
Jack Maggs by Peter CareyFiction, 1997
Snake cradle by Roberta SykesNon fiction, 1997
The Reds by Stuart MacintyreNon fiction, 1998
Three Dollars by Elliot PerlmanFiction, 1998
The Deep Field by James BradleyFiction, 1999
Sacred Places: War Memorials in the Australian Landscape by K. S. InglisNon fiction, 1999
Craft for a Dry Lake by Kim MahoodNon fiction, 2000
Isobel on the Way to the Corner Shop by Amy WittingFiction, 2000
The life and myth of Charmian Clift by Nadia WheatleyNon fiction, 2001
True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter CareyFiction, 2001
Gilgamesh: A Novel by Joan LondonFiction, 2002
Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: Paul Keating PM by Don WatsonNon fiction, 2002
Charles Conder: The Last Bohemian by Ann GalballyNon fiction, 2003
Of a Boy by Sonya HartnettFiction, 2003
A Death in Brazil: A Book of Omissions by Peter RobbNon fiction, 2004
The White Earth by Andrew McGahanFiction, 2004
Plenty : digressions on food by Gay BilsonNon fiction, 2005
Sixty Lights by Gail JonesFiction, 2005
Dead Europe by Christos TsiolkasFiction, 2006
Velocity: A Memoir by Mandy SayerNon fiction, 2006
Colonial Ambition by Peter CochraneNon fiction, 2007
Every Move You Make by David MaloufFiction, 2007
American Journeys by Don WatsonNon fiction, 2008
Breath by Tim WintonFiction, 2008
Down to the Crossroads by Guy RundleNon fiction, 2009
Things We Didn't See Coming by Steven AmsterdamFiction, 2009
Lovesong by Alex MillerFiction, 2010
Ten Hail Marys by Kate HowarthNon fiction, 2010
Indelible Ink by Fiona McGregorFiction, 2011
A Three-cornered Life: The Historian W.K. Hancock by Jim DavidsonNon fiction, 2011
1835: The Founding of Melbourne & the Conquest of Australia by James BoyceNon fiction, 2012
Foal's Bread by Gillian MearsFiction, 2012

Award description

The Age Book of the Year Awards are annual literary awards presented by Melbourne's The Age newspaper. The awards were first presented in 1974. Since 1998 they have been presented as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival. Initially, two awards were given, one for fiction (or imaginative writing), the other for non-fiction work, but in 1993, a poetry award in honour of Dinny O'Hearn was added. The criteria are that the works be "of outstanding literary merit and express Australian identity or character" and published in the year before the awards are made. One of the award-winners is chosen as The Age Book of the Year.


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