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This article presents a list of the historical events and publications of Australian literature during 2005.

List of years in literature (table)
In poetry



  • Morag Fraser is appointed as a judge of the Miles Franklin Award, following the resignation of 3 judges in late 2004[1]
  • Murray Bail is accused of plagiarism over several passages in his novel Eucalyptus. Bail later accepts the breach and intends adding an acknowledgment in future editions[2]
  • the Victorian town of Shepparton unveils a statue of Joseph Furphy, author of Such is Life[3]
  • Collins Booksellers, Australia's third largest national bookseller, goes into voluntary administration[4]

Major publicationsEdit

Literary fictionEdit

Children's and Young Adult fictionEdit



  • Lilian Darcy – The Father Factor
  • Marion LennoxBride by Accident

Science fiction and fantasyEdit


  • Chris Aronsten – Human Resources
  • Jane Brodie – A Single Act
  • Catherine Lazaroo – Asylum




  • John BaxterWe'll Always Have Paris: Sex and Love in the City of Light
  • Richie BenaudMy Spin on Cricket
  • Eric CampbellAbsurdistan: A Bumpy Ride Through Some of the World's Scariest, Weirdest Places
  • Maryanne Convoy – Morris West: Literary Maverick
  • Peter C. DohertyThe Beginner's Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize: A Life in Science
  • Graham FreudenbergA Figure of Speech: A Political Memoir
  • Gavin Fry – Albert Tucker
  • Aneurin HughesBilly Hughes: Prime Minister and Controversial Founding Father of the Australian Labor Party
  • Sandy McCutcheonThe Magician's Son
  • William McInnesA Man's Got to Have a Hobby: Long Summers with My Dad
  • Brenda NiallJudy Cassab: A Portrait
  • Barry Pearce – Jeffrey Smart
  • Jacob G. RosenbergEast of Time
  • Mandy SayerVelocity
  • Craig SherborneHoi Polloi
  • Steve WaughOut of My Comfort Zone
  • Elisabeth Wynhausen – Dirt Cheap: Life at the Wrong End of the Job Market

Awards and honoursEdit

Lifetime achievementEdit

Award Author
Christopher Brennan Award Fay Zwicky
Patrick White Award Fay Zwicky



Award Category Author Title Publisher
Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best Novel Andrew McGahan The White Earth Allen and Unwin
Best First Novel Larissa Behrendt Home University of Queensland Press


Award Category Author Title Publisher
The Age Book of the Year Fiction Gail Jones Sixty Lights Harvill Press
ALS Gold Medal Gail Jones Sixty Lights Harvill Press
The Australian/Vogel Literary Award Andrew O'Connor Tuvalu Allen and Unwin
Colin Roderick Award Peter Temple The Broken Shore Text Publishing
Miles Franklin Award Andrew McGahan The White Earth Allen and Unwin
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Fiction Tim Winton The Turning Picador
Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Fiction Tim Winton The Turning Picador
Victorian Premier's Literary Award Fiction Sonya Hartnett Surrender Walker Books
Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Fiction Gail Jones Sixty Lights Harvill Press

Children and Young AdultEdit


Award Category Author Title Publisher
Children's Book of the Year Award Older Readers Michael Gerard Bauer The Running Man Omnibus Books
Younger Readers Sonya Hartnett The Silver Donkey Viking Books
Picture Book Alison Lester Are We There Yet? A Journey Around Australia Viking Books
Early Childhood Mem Fox, illus. Judy Horacek Where is the Green Sheep? Viking Books
Davitt Award Young Adult Joanna Baker Devastation Road Lothian
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Children's Sherryl Clark Farm Kid Puffin Books
Young People's Steven Herrick By the River Allen and Unwin
Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Children's Prue Mason Camel Rider Puffin Books
Young Adult Joanne Horniman Secret Scribbled Notebooks Allen and Unwin
Victorian Premier's Literary Award Young Adult Fiction Scott Westerfeld So Yesterday Penguin Books
Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Writing for Young Adults Anthony Eaton Fireshadow University of Queensland Press
Children's Joanne Crawford and Grace Fielding A Home for Bilby Magabala Books

Crime and MysteryEdit


Award Category Author Title Publisher
Davitt Award Novel Kathryn Fox Malicious Intent Macmillan
Ned Kelly Award Novel Michael Robotham Lost Time Warner Book Group
First novel Malcolm Knox A Private Man Vintage Books

Science FictionEdit

Award Category Author Title Publisher
Aurealis Award Sf Novel Damien Broderick K-Machines Thunder's Mouth Press
Sf Short Story Sean Williams The Seventh Letter "Bulletin" Magazine, Summer Reading Edition
Fantasy Novel Juliet Marillier Wildwood Dancing Pan Macmillan
Fantasy Short Story Margo Lanagan "A Fine Magic" Eidolon Books (Eidolon I)
Horror Novel Will Elliott The Pilo Family Circus ABC Books
Edwina Grey Prismatic Lothian Books
Horror Short Story Stephen Dedman "Dead of Winter" Weird Tales
Ditmar Award Novel Sean Williams The Crooked Letter Voyager
Novella/Novelette Paul Haines "The Last Days of Kali Yuga" NFG Magazine
Short Story Margo Lanagan "Singing My Sister Down" Black Juice
Collected Work Margo Lanagan Black Juice Allen & Unwin
Australian Shadows Award Lee Battersby "Father Muerte and the Flesh" Aurealis


Award Category Author Title Publisher
The Age Book of the Year Non-fiction Gay Bilson Plenty: Digressions on Food Lantern
National Biography Award Robert Hillman The Boy in the Green Suit Scribe Publications
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Non-fiction John Hughes The Idea of Home: Autobiographical Essays Giramondo Publishing
New South Wales Premier's History Awards Australian History Eileen Chanin and Steven Miller Degenerates and Perverts: the 1939 Exhibition of French and British Contemporary Art Melbourne University Publishing
Community and Regional History Joe Hajdu Samurai in the Surf: the Arrival of the Japanese on the
Gold Coast in the 1980s
Pandanus Books
General History Sally Neighbour In the Shadow of Swords: on the Trail of Terrorism from Afghanistan to Australia HarperCollins
Young People's Allan Baillie My Story: Riding with Thunderbolt, the Diary of Ben Cross Scholastic Press
Nita Kibble Literary Award Gay Bilson Plenty: Digressions on Food Lantern
Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Non-fiction Geoffrey Bardon and James Bardon Papunya - A Place Made After the Story Miegunyah Press
History Shane White and Graham White The Sounds of Slavery: Discovering African
History Through Songs, Sermons and Speech
Beacon Press
Victorian Premier's Literary Award Non-fiction Robert Dessaix Twilight of Love: Travels with Turgenev Picador


Award Author Title Publisher
The Age Book of the Year Dipti Saravanamuttu The Colosseum Five Islands Press
Grace Leven Prize for Poetry Noel Rowe Next to Nothing Vagabond Press
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Samuel Wagan Watson Smoke Encrypted Whispers University of Queensland Press
Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Sarah Day The Ship Brandl and Schlesinger
Victorian Premier's Literary Award M. T. C. Cronin <More Or Less Than> 1-100 Shearsman Books
Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Miriam Wei Wei Lo Against Certain Capture Five Islands Press


Award Author Title Publisher
Patrick White Playwrights' Award Wesley Enoch The Story of the Miracles at Cookie's Table Currency Press


  • 11 April – John Brosnan, sf and cinema writer (born 1947)
  • 10 May – Percy Trezise, children's writer (born 1923)
  • 30 May – Michael Thwaites, poet (born 1915)
  • 29 August – Margaret Scott, poet and novelist (born 1934)
  • 8 September – Donald Horne, social and political commentator (born 1921)
  • 14 October – Barney Roberts, poet and short story writer (born 1920)
  • 1 November – Jenny Boult, poet (born 1951)
  • 24 December – Bill Scott, poet and children's writer (born 1922)

See alsoEdit


Note: all references relating to awards can, or should be, found on the relevant award's page.