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Premier’s Book of the Year Award Winner: Stephen Daisley’s A Better Place

Writing WA is thrilled to announce the winner of the Premier’s Book of the Year Award (sponsored by yours truly), Stephen Daisley’s A Better Place published by Text Publishing!

Congratulations to all the winners of this year’s WA Premier’s Book Awards:
Premier’s Prize for an Emerging Writer: The Map of William by Michael Thomas
Children’s Book of the Year: Scout and the Rescue Dogs by Dianne Wolfer
Daisy Utemorrah Award for Unpublished Indigenous Junior and Young Adult Fiction: Dusty Tracks by Marly and Linda Wells
Western Australian Writer’s Fellowship: Kylie Howarth

Judges’ comments for A Better Place:
An extraordinarily powerful novel follows twin brothers from rural New Zealand separated on the battlefields of World War II. Using short, sharp prose, it creates a visceral and suspenseful read, vividly depicting the violence and chaos of war while contrasting it with moments of love and tenderness among soldiers. It neither glorifies war, nor shies away from the horror. The narrative re-examines the ANZAC legend, questioning the morality of soldiers’ actions. The story’s emotional depth leaves a lasting impact, balancing horror with hope and capturing the reader’s heart. It’s a masterful work of fiction, faultlessly written and profoundly moving.

You can also visit our Substack to read our interview with Stephen.

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