Dr Lamb’s biography, which explores the professional and personal worlds of Australian writer Thea Astley, has been critically acclaimed and short-listed for six national literary awards since it was published in 2015.
“This is such an important award, and it is an absolute thrill to win it. I have seen throughout the awards cycle last year and this year just how high the quality of non-fiction writing in Australia is, and that pleases me too,” Dr Lamb said.
Head of the National School of Arts Associate Professor Michael Ondaatje said the recognition was wonderful news for Dr Lamb and for ACU.
“Dr Lamb has written a first-rate biography of a key literary figure, and I congratulate her on a fine achievement. The humanities are ‘core business’ for us, so it is very pleasing to see one of our literature academics recognized with such a prestigious award," he said.