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2005 Winner

Lee Battersby - Father Muerte and the Rain

Guest Judge Kim Wilkins' comments:

"This is an extraordinarily difficult decision to make, especially given the diversity of the shortlist. I did lists, I tried to rank numerically... none of that bloody worked. I've gone with my gut.

The Battersby story, Father Muerte and the Flesh, just lingered with me. It was fabulously engaging from the first line, it took me on a journey, it had such scope, such a glorious but understated sense of history and mythology, the quality of the writing was superb, the structure was very accomplished, it was almost cinematic (would actually make a great film!) and I just have to cast my vote in that direction. I felt at every moment that I was in the hands of a gifted storyteller."


2006 Award Statue