ACU lecturer’s book wins Prime Minister’s Literary Award

Published: Thursday 10th November 2016

ACU Senior Lecturer in Literature Dr Karen Lamb has been jointly awarded the prestigious Prime Minister’s Literary Award in the non-fiction category for her book Thea Astley: Inventing her own weather.

Dr Lamb shares the award with Sheila Fitzpatrick for her book On Stalin’s Team: the Years of Living Dangerously in Soviet Politics.

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 the National School of Arts at 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.”

Dr Lamb’s biography was one of 30 books short-listed for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards across six categories.

Now in its ninth year, the awards aim to recognize the best of Australian writing in fiction, non-fiction, Australian history, young adult fiction, children’s fiction and poetry.

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