Six books that shock, delve deeply and destroy pieties: your guide to the 2019 Stella Prize shortlist

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Young people – how they think and feel, how institutions (families, schools, clinics, courts) fail them – are a recurring theme in the books shortlisted for the 2019 Stella Prize.

  • Camilla Nelson
  • The Conversation

These six surprising books – four novels, a memoir and a collection of essays – cover subject matter as diverse as grief, loss, history, childhood, and Indigenous resistance.

They make risky aesthetic choices.

Some feature dazzling experiments with language, structure and form.

Despite, or, more likely, because of this, they also have a…

They are searing and often searching; intent on excavating the “present’s beating heart”.

They share an attitude that is daring, sometimes darkly funny, always serious and…

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