Le wins Oz Prime Minister's prize

<p>Nam Le has won Australia&#39;a Prime Minister&#39;s Literary Award for Fiction for his book of short stories <em>The Boat</em>. </p><p>The book, published in the UK by Canongate and in Australia by Hamish Hamilton, was commended for its &quot;daring scope and excellence of its execution, the generous breadth of its emotional and social traverse and the excitement generated by every story&quot;.</p><p>The Non-Fiction award went to two books and three authors this year. Evelyn Juers&#39;s <em>House of Exile: The Life and Times of Heinrich Mann</em> <em>and Nelly Kroeger-Mann</em> and Marilyn Lake and Henry Reynolds&#39; book <em>Drawing the Global Colour Line </em>share the prize. Both Fiction and Non-Fiction prizes are worth AU$100,000 (&pound;55,175).</p><p>The Non-Fiction judging panel said both books explored &quot;important racial, moral and political issues of Australia&#39;s past&quot;, adding that the books were &quot;magnificently&quot; told, with &quot;great intellectual authority and international research&quot;.<br />&nbsp;</p>