Translation Rights  |  Jun 4, 2015

Emily Bitto shortlisted for the Dobbie Award 2015

Emily Bitto’s debut The Strays, recent winner of the Stella Prize, has been shortlisted for the Dobbie Award 2015. 

The Dobbie Award is presented to a first-time published Australian female writer whose work can be classified as ‘life writing’. The shortlist is selected from an original longlist of five titles and this year’s winner will be announced on 15 July.

The novel, described by the Stella panel of judges as “reminiscent of Ian McEwan's Atonement or A.S. Byatt's The Children's Book" tells the story of a young girl, Lily Struthers, and her friendship with Eva, the daughter of an infamous avant-garde artist, Evan Trentham, examining the difficult lessons she has to learn as she is increasingly taken in by Eva’s family and friends. 

The Strays has been previously shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards and the Indie Awards. 

Read more about the prize