Magda Szubanski shortlisted for national book prize

Magda Szubanski at the launch of her book.
Magda Szubanski at the launch of her book. Geoff Potter

MAGDA Szubanski's memoir is among six stories nominated for Australia's most prestigious biography prize.

Ms Szubanski's book Reckoning has been listed alongside books about war correspondent Charles Bean and artist Albert Namatjira for the State Library of NSW National Biography Award.

The six shortlisted titles are Martin Edmond's Battarbee and Namatjira, Stephen FitzGerald's Comrade Ambassador: Whitlam's Beijing Envoy, Karen Lamb's Thea Astley: Inventing Her Own Weather, Brenda Niall's Mannix, Peter Rees's Bearing Witness: The Remarkable Life of Charles Bean, Australia's greatest war correspondent, and Ms Szubanski's Reckoning: A Memoir.

Judging panel chair Peter Cochrane praised the diverse stories the books told.

"If it can be said of biography that it's mostly about dead white males well then, consider our shortlist - they're not all dead, they're not all white and they're not all male," Dr Cochrane said.

He said the judge were "impressed and dazzled by the quality and range of entries, confirming that biography is alive and well in Australia and the genre is thriving."


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