Coetzee and Christopher among shortlistees for PM awards

<p>J M Coetzee, Lucy Christopher and Deborah Forster are among the 29 authors to have shortlisted for this year&#39;s Prime Minister&#39;s Literary Awards in Australia.</p><p>Arts Minister Peter Garrett announced the &quot;great Australian titles&quot; - in four categories comprising fiction, non-fiction, and for the first time young adult fiction and children&#39;s fiction - today (15th July) </p><p>Garrett said being shortlisted for the Prime Minister&rsquo;s Literary Awards was &quot;a great achievement for authors that will bring further public recognition of their writing&quot;.<br /><br /><br />Fiction shortlist<br /><br />Summertime, J.M. Coetzee<br />The Book of Emmett, Deborah Forster<br />The Lakewoman, Alan Gould<br />Dog Boy, Eva Hornung<br />Ransom, David Malouf<br />Lovesong, Alex Miller<br />As the Earth turns Silver, Alison Wong<br /><br />Non-Fiction shortlist<br /><br />The Water Dreamers: The Remarkable History of Our Dry Continent, Michael Cathcart<br />Strange Places: A Memoir of Mental Illness, Will Elliott<br />The Colony: A History of Early Sydney, Grace Karskens<br />The Life and Death of Democracy, John Keane<br />The Blue Plateau: A Landscape Memoir, Mark Tredinnick <br />The Ghost at the Wedding, Shirley Walker<br /><br />Young Adult Fiction shortlist<br /><br />Stolen, Lucy Christopher<br />The Winds of Heaven, Judith Clarke<br />Confessions of a Liar, Thief and Failed Sex God, Bill Condon<br />The Museum of Mary Child, Cassandra Golds<br />Swerve, Phillip Gwynne<br />Jarvis 24, David Metzenthen<br />Beatle meets Destiny, Gabrielle Williams <br /><br />Children&rsquo;s Fiction shortlist<br /><br />Cicada Summer, Kate Constable<br />The Terrible Plop, Ursula Dubosarsky and illustrated by Andrew Joyner<br />Just Macbeth, Andy Griffiths and illustrated by Terry Denton<br />Mr Chicken goes to Paris, Leigh Hobbs<br />Running with the Horses, Alison Lester<br />Star Jumps, Lorraine Marwood<br />Mannie and the Long Brave Day, Martine Murray and illustrated by Sally Rippin<br />Tensy Farlow and the Home for Mislaid Children, Jen Storer<br />Harry and Hopper, Margaret Wild and illustrated by Freya Blackwood<br /></p>