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The Animals in That Country shortlisted for VPLAs

We’re thrilled to see The Animals in That Country by Laura Jean McKay on the shortlist for the 2021 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.

The judges said, ‘McKay's novel is daring, original and ambitious, with a highly inventive use of language.’ Read the rest of the judges comments and find out more here.

The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards were inaugurated by the Victorian Government in 1985 to honour literary achievement by Australian writers. The awards are administered by the Wheeler Centre on behalf of the Premier of Victoria.

Congratulations to Laura and all the shortlisted authors.

The Animals in That Country

WINNER OF THE 2021 VICTORIAN PRIZE FOR LITERATURE
WINNER OF THE 2021 VICTORIAN PREMIER'S LITERARY AWARDS PRIZE FOR FICTION
A SLATE AND SUNDAY TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR
SHORTLISTED FOR THE ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD

Out on the road, no one speaks, everything talks.

Hard-drinking, foul-mouthed, and allergic to bullshit, Jean is not your usual grandma. She’s never been good at getting on with other humans, apart from her beloved granddaughter, Kimberly. Instead, she surrounds herself with animals, working as a guide in an outback wildlife park. And although Jean talks to all her charges, she has a particular soft…

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