Bathurst author’s debut novel among six shortlisted for $3000 prize

BOOK IT IN: Bathurst author Tracy Sorensen's debut novel, The Lucky Galah, has been shortlisted for a $3000 Australian literary prize.
BOOK IT IN: Bathurst author Tracy Sorensen's debut novel, The Lucky Galah, has been shortlisted for a $3000 Australian literary prize.

BATHURST author Tracy Sorensen has had her debut novel shortlisted for a prestigious Australian literary prize.

The Lucky Galah is one of six finalists for the $3000 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction.

Judges narrowed down the field from more than 90 books released over the past 12 months.

“The six books listed here represent the most daring new voices in Australian literature,” the judges said.

“All six books challenge conventional ideas of what the contemporary Australian novel can achieve, whether via experimental prose, surprising plots or exploration of form.”

The Lucky Galah is set in the remote coastal town of Carnarvon in Western Australia in 1969 when the town povideed a vital link to relay messages between Apollo 11 and Houston, Texas for the moon landing.

It is a story about fate and, unusually, is narrated by Lucky [the galah] who is perched out on the verandah alone, unheard and underestimated.

Ms Sorensen said writing the book from the galah’s perspective allowed readers to see, from an outsider’s perspective, what was going on at the time.

Now in its fifth year, the Readings Prize recognises exceptional new contributions to local literature.

The winner will be announced in October.

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