We’re stoked that from more than 170 books entered, not one but two Brow Books titles have made it on to the longlist of this year’s Stella Prize. Jamie Marina Lau’s jazzy debut Pink Mountain On Locust Island and Maria Tumarkin’s boundary-breaking Axiomatic are up against some extraordinary books by Australian women.
Pink Mountain on Locus Island is a novel that never lets you relax. About it, the Stella Prize judges said:
“Lau’s dizzying prose is like a series of crazy neon-lit performance art as she dissects, with extraordinary effervescence, Monk’s teenage angst, her struggles to fit in with her school friends, their parents, her father and her unhappily married sister.
Reading this book is the literary equivalent of riding a rollercoaster while listening to a virtuoso violin performance by a child prodigy. Simply stunning.”
Maria Tumarkin’s Axiomatic has been flooring readers left, right and centre with its utter brilliance. About it, the Stella Prize judges said:
“Take anything you’ve ever known about how nonfiction is supposed to work and throw it out the window: Maria Tumarkin’s Axiomatic is an unwieldy, expansive beast that combines lyrical essay with psychological reportage. Axiomatic pushes the boundaries of nonfiction so far out that they will never recover, and in so doing develops an essay style that perfectly reflects the complexities of our era.”
We're truly madly deeply thrilled that two of our authors’ books have made it on this year. Maria Tumarkin and Jamie Marina Lau: huge congratulations from all of us here. Your books are very special books indeed – but the biggest prize for us will always be that we got to work with you on them.
Congratulations to all the other longlisted authors.
Thank you to all this year's judges – yours is a very difficult task.
And thanks to The Stella Prize for all that you do.
Fingers and toes crossed for Maria and Jamie! Who knows, is 2019 the year that two authors tie for the win? 😜