Published 12 November 2008 · Main Posts Walkley non-fiction book award finalists admin From the Walkley press release: The Walkley Award for Best Non-Fiction Book celebrates excellence in non-fiction literature and long-form journalism. This year there were 72 entries ranging from true crime and war reporting to biographies and investigative journalism. The Walkley Awards are Australia’s most prestigious awards for journalism, ranging across print, online, TV, radio and publishing. The shortlist represents the final round of judging after the 72 entries were reduced to a long list of 12 books. Author and academic Clive Hamilton and journalist Jenny Tabakoff announced the nominees at a lunch in Sydney this afternoon. The 2008 Walkley Non-Fiction Book Award short-list nominees (in alphabetical order) are: VIETNAM The Australian War, Paul Ham, (Harper Collins) A revelation of freshly declassified documents, unpublished sources and interviews with soldiers, politicians, medics, protestors and Vietnamese participants. The untold truth, straight from the memories of the eternally scarred survivors. The Tall Man, Chloe Hooper, (Penguin) This is an explicitly detailed search for truth behind the flawed investigation into Cameron Doomadgee’s death at Palm Island police station 45 minutes after his arrest. It explores the Aboriginal myths around the case, tribulations of the coronial process, controversial findings and the legal aftermath. American Journeys, Don Watson, (Random House) & (KNOPF) We travel with Watson across the US on the country’s deteriorating Amtrak rail system, drive with him on their roads and walk by his side – all the while probing deep into the American mindset. This organic approach gave Watson a different angle as American Journeys could almost be described as the confessions of an eavesdropper. More details at www.alliance.org.au admin More by admin › Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays First published in Overland Issue 228 10 November 202311 November 2023 · Subscriberthon 2023 On the final day of Subscriberthon, Overland’s most important members get to have their say Editorial Team BORIS A quick guide to another year of Overland, from your trusty feline, Boris. I liked the ginger cat story, though it made my human cry. I liked the talking cat, too, but I’m definitely in the “not wasting my time learning to talk” camp. But reading is good. And writing is fun, though it’s been challenging […] 1 First published in Overland Issue 228 9 November 20239 November 2023 · Subscriberthon 2023 On the second-last day of Subscriberthon, Overland’s co-chief editor Evelyn Araluen speaks truth to power Editorial Team To my friends and comrades, I’m not sure if there’s language to communicate how this last month has utterly changed me. This time a few weeks ago the busyness and chaos of bricolage arts and academic labour had so efficiently distracted me from my anxiety about the upcoming referendum that I forgot to prepare myself for its inevitable conclusion.