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Rebecca Giggs shortlisted for Bragg Prize for Science Writing

Rebecca Giggs has been shortlisted for the UNSW Press Bragg Prize for Science Writing for ‘Soundings’, an extract from her book Fathoms: the world in the whale.

Rebecca is a writer from Perth, Western Australia. Her work has been widely published, including in Best Australian Essays, Best Australian Science Writing, Best Australian Stories, Granta, Aeon, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, and Griffith Review. Rebecca’s nonfiction focuses on how people feel about, and feel for, animals in a time of technological change and ecological crisis.

The UNSW Press Bragg Prize for Science Writing is an annual prize for the best short nonfiction piece on science written for a general audience. It is named in honour of Australia’s first Nobel Laureates William Henry Bragg and his son William Lawrence Bragg and is supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.

Fathoms has won the WA Premier’s Prize for an Emerging Writer, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, the NIB Literary Award, was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction, was shortlisted for the 2021 Stella Prize, and was highly commended for the Wainwright Prize for Writing on Global Conservation.

The winner of the UNSW Press Bragg Prize for Science Writing will be announced in November.

Fathoms

WINNER OF THE ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE IN NONFICTION
WINNER OF THE NIB LITERARY AWARD
FINALIST FOR THE KIRKUS PRIZE FOR NONFICTION
HIGHLY COMMENDED IN THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE FOR WRITING ON GLOBAL CONSERVATION

‘There is a kind of hauntedness in wild animals today: a spectre related to environmental change … Our fear is that the unseen spirits that move in them are ours. Once more, animals are a moral force.’

When Rebecca Giggs encountered a humpback whale stranded on her local beach in Australia, she began to wonder how the lives of whales might shed light on the condition of our seas. How do…

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