Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2016 Joint Fiction Winner Lisa Gorton

When I mentioned in my speech Ummm…that I was surprised particularly because it was an awkward book I was picking up on something that the judges said in their citation They said in their citation that it wasn’t a book for everyone and I felt that to be true and I remember writing it and when you’re writing a book of course you get advice from people and they might say ‘it would be more popular if you did this’ ‘it would be more appealing if you did that’ and I made a really conscious decision to write the book that I really believed in and that was the book I wanted to write that I thought was true to the material and so I felt really moved and I feel really moved that the judges could recognise that.

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