Historian shortlisted for 2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards

20 October 2014

Historian Professor Joan Beaumont has been shortlisted in the 2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Prize for Australian History for her book Broken Nation: Australians in the Great War.

The book pays homage to multiple aspects of the war, from well-known battles at Gallipoli and in northern France, to lesser known battles in Europe and the Middle East.

It also recounts the Australian experience of war in all its complexity from the home front as well as the battlefront - as the men and women who experienced it chose to understand and remember it.

Established in 2008, the awards are the nation’s richest literary prize with a total prize pool of $600,000 for winners and shortlisted authors across the six categories: fiction poetry, non-fiction, Australian history, young adult fiction and children’s fiction.

Winners will be announced before the end of the year.

The nomination follows Professor Beaumont's 2014 New South Wales Premier’s Australian History Prize in September.