Nominated by:

The State Library of South Australia, Adelaide

The State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Publisher of nominated edition:

Random House, Australia

1996 – Remembering Babylon

David Malouf      

Winner!  Read David Malouf’s Acceptance Speech

1996 Shortlist     1996 Longlist

Judges: Christopher Hope, Lidia Jorge, Brendan Kennelly, Robert Taylor, Luisa Valenzuela. Non-voting Chair, Allen Weinstein.

 About the Book

Set in the middle of the nineteenth century, in colonial Australia, Remembering Babylon tells the story of a white man, Gemmy Fairley, who has lived with the aborigines for sixteen years. He stumbles onto a family of white settlers and is taken into their community. In this wonderfully lyrical novel, David Malouf deals with issues of identity, cultural difference, and colonialism, through telling the stories of Gemmy, the family who take him in, and the settler society and its distrust of a white man who is not a white man.

About the Author

David Malouf was born in Brisbane, Australia, in 1934. His first published work was Interiors (Four Poets, 1962) and he has since published eight collections of poetry, a play, libretti, eight novels, and a volume of autobiography. He became a full-time writer in 1978 and has been awarded the Prix Femina Etranger, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and the inaugural Pascall Prize.