The six books shortlisted for this year's Stella prize cover diverse subject matter and make risky aesthetic choices; they are serious and thoroughly unsentimental.
Behrouz Boochani, an asylum seeker currently detained on Manus Island, has won Australia's richest literary prize. The win commands the question, 'what makes an Australian writer?'
This award to a long neglected writer shows that there is still a place in Australian life for works of art that challenge us to think.
Rules for the UK's most prestigious and lucrative literary prize effectively mean it is dominated by big publishers.
A Stella winner is a book that challenges its readers; it attempts to do a bit of work in the world. And this year’s shortlist doesn’t disappoint.