The 2009 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards Non-Fiction and Fiction shortlists have been announced today. The shortlists of seven fiction and eight non-fiction works were selected from more than 250 entries. A tax free prize of $100,000 is awarded to the works judged to be of the highest literary merit in each of the two categories.

Non-Fiction shortlist

Van Diemen’s LandJames Boyce
Doing Life: A Biography of Elizabeth JolleyBrian Dibble
Gough Whitlam: A Moment in HistoryJenny Hocking
The Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm IslandChloe Hooper
House of ExileEvelyn Juers
Drawing the Global Colour LineMarilyn Lake and Henry Reynolds
The Henson Case David Marr
American JourneysDon Watson

Fiction shortlist

The PagesMurray Bail
People of the BookGeraldine Brooks
Wanting Richard Flanagan
Everything I KnewPeter Goldsworthy
One Foot Wrong Sofie Laguna
The BoatNam Le
The Good ParentsJoan London