Alert! Ceridwen Dovey‘s Blood Kin has left JM Coetzee’s Diary of a Bad Year behind and punched through to the shortlist of five books for the inaugural Australia-Asia Literary Award, worth AU$110 000.
Dovey, who holds both Australian and South African citizenship, was announced with Coetzee as a longlistee earlier this month. Blood Kin has won two top SA prizes, the 2008 Sunday Times Fiction Prize and the 2008 University of Johannesburg prize.
Joining her on the shortlist are three Australians and a British-Pakistan citizen:
* Michelle De Krester (Aus) – The Lost Dog
* Ceridwen Dovey (SA & Aus) – Blood Kin
* Mohsin Hamid (UK & Pak) – The Reluctant Fundamentalist
* Janette Turner Hospital (Aus) – Orpheus Lost
* David Malouf (Aus) – The Complete Stories
The winner is announced on 21 November in Perth. Good luck Ceridwen!