We are thrilled that Lockdown by Chip Le Grand has been longlisted for the 2023 Australian Political Book of the Year Award.
The longlist has been decided by the Award’s distinguished judging panel Laura Tingle, and John Warhurst AO, and new judge, Barrie Cassidy. The longlist are those books published during the 2022–23 financial year that the judges believe provide the most compelling contribution to understanding Australian political events and debates.
The following books have made the 2023 longlist:
- Bulldozed by Nikki Savva, published by Scribe Publications
- Crossing the Line by Nick McKenzie, published by Hachette Australia
- Dreamers and Schemers by Frank Bongiorno, published by La Trobe University Press
- Black Lives, White Laws by Russell Marks, published by La Trobe University Press
- Australia’s China Odyssey by James Curran, published by NewSouth Publishing
- Political Lives by Chris Wallace, published by NewSouth Publishing
- The Queen is Dead by Stan Grant, published by Harper Collins
- The Passion of Private White by Don Watson, published by Simon and Schuster
- Trump’s Australia by Bruce Wolpe, published by Allen & Unwin
- Lockdown by Chip Le Grand, published by Monash University Publishing
The Australian Political Book of the Year Award judges said the longlist is extraordinary for the breadth and variety it brings to political discourse.
‘Not only does it include in depth historical context, but it covers the recent federal election, the politics of the pandemic, war crimes and issues like foreign policy, indigenous affairs and the monarchy,’ said the judges.
The shortlist will be announced in Melbourne on Thursday 12 October, where each author to have their book shortlisted will receive $1000.
The winner will be announced by the Treasurer of Australia, the Hon Dr Jim Chalmers MP, on Wednesday 25 October at the National Press Club of Australia in Canberra.