The longlists for the 2022 ARA Historical Novel Prize, run by the Historical Novel Society Australasia, were announced last week, and I was absolutely thrilled to see several favourite writers listed.
- Horse by Geraldine Brooks (Hachette Australia)
- The Good Wife of Bath by Karen Brooks (HQ (HarperCollins Publishers Australia))
- The Winter Dress by Lauren Chater (Simon & Schuster Australia)
- Goodnight, Vivienne, Goodnight by Steven Carroll (HarperCollins Publishers Australia)
- Only Birds Above by Portland Jones (Fremantle Press) *Read my interview with Portland
- The Rat Catcher by Kim Kelly (Brio Books)
- Corporal Hitler’s Pistol by Tom Keneally (Penguin Random House)
- Cold Coast by Robyn Mundy (Ultimo Press) *Read my interview with Robyn
- The Sawdust House by David Whish-Wilson (Fremantle Press) *Read my interview with David
Children’s/Young Adult category
- The Unstoppable Flying Flanagan by Felice Arena (Penguin Random House Australia)
- Slipping the Noose by Meg Caddy (Text Publishing)
- Katipo Joe: Wolf’s Lair by Brian Falkner (Scholastic New Zealand)
- Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong (Hachette New Zealand)
- Amorangi and Millie’s Trip Through Time by Lauren Keenan (Huia Publishing)
- Augustin and the Hot Air Balloon by David Metzenthen (Ford Street Publishing)
- Rabbit, Soldier, Angel, Thief by Katrina Nannestad (HarperCollins Publishers Australia)
- The Secret Battle by Pamela Rushby (Eagle Books, an imprint of Christmas Press)
- The Wearing of the Green by Claire Saxby (Walker Books)
Thanks to Lisa at ANZ LitLovers for posting the news last week. Lisa has reviewed several of the adult titles.
The shortlists will be announced on 28 September and the winners on 20 October.