The most recent Australian literary award to be granted goes to Amanda Lohrey, author of many lovely novels and short stories. Lohrey has just won the prestigious Patrick White Literary Award, ‘which acknowledges a body of work rather than a single publication.’ Her latest book is a collection of short stories, Reading Madame Bovary (2010) and I can strongly recommend Camille’s Bread, the story of a single woman bringing up her young daughter in contemporary Sydney.
Camille’s Bread won two awards in the year following its publication: the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal; it was also shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award, one of Australia’s most prestigious literary prizes. Her 2006 novel, The Philosopher’s Doll received international recognition with a listing for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
The Barr Smith Library holds all of Lohrey’s novels in our Australian Literature collection (823A).