... "an exhilarating read'' that blends traditional storytelling and song with contemporary rock music and hip-hop.The award for best first novel for the region went to Australian Glenda Guest for Siddon Rock.
These are the regional shortlists in their entirety :
Best Book shortlist:
- Summertime by J.M Coetzee (Australia)
- A Good Land by Nada Awar Jarrar (Australia)
- The Adventures of Vela by Albert Wendt (Samoa)
- Singularity by Charlotte Grimshaw (New Zealand)
- The People's Train by Thomas Keneally (Australia)
- Parrot and Oliver in America by Peter Carey (Australia)
Best First Book shortlist :
- The Ice Age by Kirsten Reed (Australia)
- After the Fire, a Still Small Voice by Evie Wyld (Australia)
- Look Who's Morphing by Tom Cho (Australia)
- Document Z by Andrew Croome (Australia)
- Come Inside by Glenys Osborne (Australia)
- Siddon Rock by Glenda Guest (Australia)
The regional shortlists for the Commonwealth Writers prize were announced a few days back, and you can see them in their entirety here.
We may not have had a Malaysian on the shortlist, but we did have one on the panel of judges. Congrats too the Kee Thuan Chye!
The overall winner will be announced next month.