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TWO AUSTRALIANS MAKE BOOKER SHORTLIST

The Australia Council for the Arts congratulates two Australian writers – Kate Grenville and MJ Hyland – on making the shortlist of the 2006 Man Booker Prize.

Kate Grenville’s The Secret River and MJ Hyland’s Carry Me Down are two of the six novels on the shortlist for the prestigious Man Booker Prize, with the winner announced on 10 October.

Both novels were written with support from the Australia Council’s Literature Board. MJ Hyland is currently in Rome on a six-month residency at the Australia Council’s Whiting Studio.

Director of literature Josie Emery said that two Australian authors making the shortlist recognises the quality and distinctiveness of Australian literature.

‘For the Booker judges to rate two Australian novels amongst six of the best published worldwide in 2006 is high praise of the strength and depth of our literary talent,’ she said.

‘Congratulations to Kate and Maria for their outstanding achievements in making the cut, and we wish them both the best of luck come 10 October.’

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