A Stella Shortlist

The inaugural Stella prize longlist has been whittled down from 12 to six steller books by Australian women writers.

The Burial

The Burial

Courtney Collins

The Burial is a brilliant debut novel inspired by the life of real-life bushranger Jessie Hickman. Set in Australia at the turn of the twentieth centry 22 year old Jessie has been sentenced for horse rustling and apprenticed out to Fitzgerald ‘Fitz’ Henry. Fitz blackmails Jessie and uses her for her convicted skills. Soon Jessie finds herself with Jack Brown, an Aboriginal stockman on a job – a job that doesn’t go to plan. Soon Jessie is fleeing for her life.

Questions of Travel  Questions of TravelMichelle de KretserQuestions of Travel tells the story of two very different lives. There’s Laura returning to Sydney to write travel guides after travelling the world, and  Ravi who dreams of travelling the world until he is driven from his home in Sri Lanka by devastating events. Supported by a myriad of strong characters Questions of Travel is both a funny and moving novel.
The Sunlit Zone

The Sunlit Zone



Lisa Jacobson

The Sunlit Zone – that place in the water that’s warmer than other parts. A metaphor for our travels through life and the processes by which we love and lose.

Like a House on Fire

Like a House on Fire

Cate Kennedy

Like a House on Fire is a collection of short stories where Kennedy takes ordinary lives and dissects their ironies, injustices and pleasures. In ‘Laminex and Mirrors’, a young woman working as a cleaner in a hospital helps an elderly patient defy doctor’s orders. In ‘Cross-Country’, a jilted lover manages to misinterpret her ex’s new life. And in ‘Ashes’, a son accompanies his mother on a journey to scatter his father’s remains, while lifelong resentments simmer in the background.

 Sea Hearts

Sea Hearts



Margo Lanagan

On remote Rollrock Island, the sea-witch Misskaella discovers she can draw a girl from the heart of a seal. So, for a price, any man might buy himself a bride; an irresistibly enchanting sea-wife. But what cost will be borne by the people of Rollrock – the men, the women, the children – once Misskaella sets her heart on doing such a thing?Sea Hearts is an extraordinary tale of desire and revenge, of loyalty, heartache and human weakness, and of the unforeseen consequences of all-consuming love.

Mateship With Birds

Mateship with Birds

Carrie Tiffany

A lonely farmer trains his binoculars on a family of kookaburras that roost in a tree near his house. Harry observes the kookaburras through a year of feast, famine, birth, death, war, romance and song. As Harry watches the birds, his next door neighbour has her own set of binoculars trained on him. Betty has escaped to the country with her two fatherless children. Betty is pleased that her son, Michael, wants to spend time with the gentle farmer next door. But when Harry decides to teach Michael about the opposite sex, perilous boundaries are crossed.

The winner of the 2013 Stella Prize will be announced at an event in Melbourne on the 16th April – details of the event can be found on the award website.

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