2016 Ashurst Business Literature Prize Shortlist Announced

posted in News on 15 February, 2017

Books about media mogul Hector Crawford, Norway's oil industry, Wall Street's First African American millionaire and colonial businesswomen in Sydney are all contenders for Australia's richest and most prestigious award for business writing, the State Library of NSW announced today.

The following authors and titles have been shortlisted for the $30,000 2016 Ashurst Business Literature Prize:

  • Rozzi Bazzani – Hector (Australian Scholarly Inc.)
  • Catherine Bishop – Minding Her Own Business: Colonial Businesswomen in Sydney (NewSouth)
  • Paul Cleary – Trillion Dollar Baby: How Norway Beat the Oil Giants and Won a Lasting Fortune (Black Inc.)
  • Shane White – Prince of Darkness: The Untold Story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street's First Black Millionaire (St Martin's Press)

 Chair of the judging panel, Richard Fisher AM, commented: "The diverse shortlisted books this year cover three continents and two centuries, from an account of Wall Street's first black millionaire in the nineteenth century, to the establishment of Norway's sovereign wealth fund in the twentieth."

Ashurst Vice-Chairman Mary Padbury comments: "Now in its 14th year, the Ashurst Business Literature Prize continues to attract exceptional works and set the standard for business literature in Australia. This year's shortlisted authors have explored a variety of interesting stories in ways that contribute to a deeper understanding of the past and present."

The winner will be announced on 29 March. 

For more information on the Prize and shortlistees, visit the website