Ned Kelly Awards 2012: The Winners Are…

We’re a bit late with the announcement this year but have finally caught up with the news (thanks twitter) of the winners of this year’s Ned Kelly Awards which were handed out at a ceremony at the Melbourne Writer’s Festival yesterday. As neither of your Fair Dinkum correspondents has read any of the winning books there’s not a lot else to do but provide the names of the winners (in red).


Publisher’s blurb for PIG BOY 

On Damon Styles’s eighteenth birthday, he is expelled from school. But it’s what happens afterwards that changes everything.

Now Damon must come up with a plan. It’s the only way he can think straight. First, get his firearms licence. Then, see if the Pigman will give him a job – pig hunting will teach Damon what he needs to know. And he’d better get a lock for his wardrobe so his mother won’t find what he’s hiding.

Damon’s taking matters into his own hands – but so is the town of Strathven.

A confronting, powerful story for young adults in the vein of J.C. Burke’s CBCA award-winner The Story of Tom Brennan.


  • Claire Corbett, WHEN WE HAVE WINGS
  • Peter Twohig, THE CARTOGRAPHER

Publisher’s blurb for THE CARTOGRAPHER

Melbourne, 1959. An 11-year-old boy witnesses a murder as he spies through the window of a strange house. God, whom he no longer counts as a friend, obviously has a pretty screwed-up sense of humour: just one year before, the boy had looked on helplessly as his twin brother, Tom, suffered a violent death.

Now, having been seen by the angry murderer, he is a kid on the run. With only a shady grandfather, a professional standover man and an incongruous local couple as adult mentors, he takes refuge in the dark drains and grimy tunnels beneath the city, transforming himself into a series of superheroes and creating a rather unreliable map to plot out places where he is unlikely to cross paths with the bogeyman.

A bold, captivating and outrageously funny novel about a boy who refuses to give in and the numerous shifty, dodgy and downright malicious bastards he has to contend with on his grand adventure of loss and discovery, THE CARTOGRAPHER is an astounding, fresh and unforgettably poignant novel you′d be a mug to miss!


  • Eamonn Duff, SINS OF THE FATHER
  • Michael Duffy, CALL ME CRUEL
  • Liz Porter, COLD CASE FILE

Publisher’s blurb for SINS OF THE FATHER

A reckless father, his dark past, an Adelaide drug trafficker and the Gold Coast beauty school dropout who kept her mouth shut. This is the explosive untold story of Schapelle Corby and how she took the rap for her father’s drug syndicate.

The result of a three year investigation, Sins of the Father returns to the beginning of Australia’s most famous drug case, to a time when nobody had ever heard the name Schapelle Corby. Finally, the missing pieces of the jigsaw fall into place as we are led, step by step, through the important weeks, days and hours leading up to her dramatic arrest.

Shedding new light on her long-held claims of innocence, this is the book Schapelle’s army of supporters do not want you to read.

Twitter didn’t seem to know who’d won the short story award but it did remind me that long-time Australian crime writer Gabrielle Lord was recognised at last night’s ceremony with a lifetime achievement award. Lord’s first standalone crime novel was 1980’s FORTRESS (which I featured in a post at my other blog a couple of years ago) and she has since written many other standalone novels as well as two short crime series. Most recently she released a series of 12 thrillers for young adults called Conspiracy 365. A new book was released each month of 2010. Gabrielle Lord is due to release a new crime novel for adults, DEATH BY BEAUTY, next month.

Congratulations to all the winners.

6 thoughts on “Ned Kelly Awards 2012: The Winners Are…

  1. Congrats to Peter Twohig. Um, his is the only novel I have read out of all the finalists, and it was engrossing. Not quite your typical crime novel; a real original and a well-deserved winner.


  2. Bernadette – Thanks for sharing the lists. I’m very glad that YA fiction – well-written YA fiction – is getting attention. It’s not so much that The Pig Boy intrigues me personally I admit, but anyone who is capable of getting young people hooked on reading deserves recognition.


  3. All three winners seem to have a similar theme – parent/child “against the odds” type of book. I can’t say I’m that keen on reading any on the basis of the blurbs, sorry!


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