Professor Jenny Hocking has had her recent book Gough Whitlam: His Time shortlisted for this year’s National Biography Award, one of Australia’s most recognised prizes for biographical writing or memoir
Professor Hocking’s work is the second volume of her biography of former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. In it, she uses previously unearthed archival material and extensive interviews with Mr Whitlam, his family, colleagues and foes, to bring to life the key players in the dramatic events of the “Dismissal”, and reveal Whitlam’s personal struggle in its aftermath.
Gough Whitlam: His Time has also been shortlisted in the Australian History Prize section of the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards.
The winner of the National Biography Award 2013 will be announced on Monday 5 August.
National Biography Award
The winner of the National Biography Award receives $25,000 in prize money for a published work of biographical or autobiographical writing. Each of the shortlisted authors receive $1,000.
The National Biography Award was established in 1996 to encourage the highest standards of writing biography and autobiography and to promote public interest in these genres.
The award is administered and presented by the State Library of New South Wales on behalf of the award’s benefactors, Dr Geoffrey Cains and Mr Michael Crouch AO.