Six powerful personal stories have been shortlisted for the 2015 National Biography Award, the State Library of NSW announced TODAY [Monday 6 July]. This year Australia’s pre-eminent prize for biographical writing and memoir celebrates 20 years since it began. The shortlisted books for the $25,000 National Biography Award 2015 are:
• Philip Butterss, An Unsentimental Bloke: The Life and Work of C.J. Dennis (Wakefield Press)
• Gabrielle Carey, Moving Among Strangers: Randolph Stow and My Family (UQP)
• Philip Dwyer, Citizen Emperor: Napoleon in Power 1799-1815 (Bloomsbury)
• David Leser, To Begin to Know: Walking in the Shadows of My Father (Allen & Unwin)
• Helen O’Neill, A Singular Vision, Harry Seidler (Harper Collins Publishers)
• Liam Pieper, The Feel-Good Hit of the Year: A Memoir (Penguin Books Australia)
The winner will be announced on Monday 3 August at 11am at a special free event at the State Library.
See the full media release and judges' comments attached.