The Walkley Book Award celebrates the value and importance of journalism and acknowledges the proud line-up of Australian writers who have taken subjects of enduring topicality and consequence from news bulletins, eye-witness reporting, investigations and historical records and provided readers with expanded factual detail, revelation and greater clarity of analysis in book form.
2013 Walkley Book Award Winner:
An exposé of the fortunes of Fairfax Media, Killing Fairfax was inspired by the huge rounds of redundancies and cuts that arrived at the media company after years of challenges to its newspaper business model. It was a case study that took many hours of fact checking with all of the smaller players in the internet and digital space, who had chipped away at Fairfax’s former classified “rivers of gold”. And the parallel story that emerged was one of Australia’s rival media dynasties, and the way James Packer and Lachlan Murdoch guided the internet start-ups while Fairfax management dithered in the face of change.
Pamela Williams brings all her investigative skills and gripping writing to Killing Fairfax, a fast-paced, eyewitness account of a newspaper giant’s decline.
An investigative reporter at The Australian Financial Review, Williams has now won six Walkley Awards since 1994, including the Gold Walkley in 1998 for her coverage of the industrial war on the Australian docks. She has also won the Graham Perkin Journalist of the Year award. She is also the author of bestselling book The Victory (1997), about John Howard’s successful campaign to win government in 1996.
In her superbly detailed account of the financial hollowing of Fairfax, Pamela Williams was read by some as doing the bidding of James Packer. Certainly he appears to have seen it that way, hence his co-operation. But one wonders if he has actually read it. Packer, more so than the hapless Fairfax executives, is the sad, hollow character at the centre of this book: the man lies, rants, breaks down, is belligerent to his elders and spends an inordinate amount of time on his yacht licking his wounds and plotting revenge. Williams’ ultimate achievement is that Killing Fairfax nails so much more.
The 2013 Walkley Book Award short-list finalists:
- James Button, Speechless: A year in my father’s business, Melbourne University Publishing
- Anna Krien, Night Games: Sex, Power and Sport, Black Inc.
- Pamela Williams, Killing Fairfax, Harper Collins
2013 Walkley Book Award Longlist Announced Finalists
- James Button Speechless: A Year in My Father’s Business MUP
- John Garnaut The Rise and Fall of the House of Bo Penguin
- Paul Ham Sandakan Random House
- Belinda Hawkins Every Parent’s Nightmare Allen & Unwin
- Anna Krien Night Games Black Inc
- Colleen Ryan Fairfax: The Rise and Fall MUP
- Jill Stark High Sobriety Scribe
- Mark Willacy Fukushima Pan Macmillan
- Pamela Williams Killing Fairfax Harper Collins
The Walkley Book Award.
Entries for the 2013 Walkley Book Award have now closed.
Finalists will be announced on Thursday October 17 at events in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
The 2013 Walkley Book Award will acknowledge the work produced by an Australian journalist or writer, published in the year from September 1, 2012 to August 30, 2013.
Journalism has long been a breeding ground for fine authors. The Walkley Book Award celebrates the value and importance of journalism and acknowledges the proud line-up of Australian writers who have taken subjects of enduring topicality and consequence from news bulletins, eye-witness reporting, investigations and historical records and provided readers with expanded factual detail, revelation and greater clarity of analysis in book form.
Entries can be a joint collaboration of up to five people and titles can be an edited collection by no more than five authors
The judging process is two-tier and comprises of senior representatives from within the media and publishing community. Judges will determine a longlist and shortlist of nominees prior to the announcement of winners at the 58th Walkley Awards Gala Dinner on Thursday, November 28, 2013.
For further information regarding the Award please contact Lauren Dixon at the Walkleys on 02 9333 0913 or email@example.com
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2012: George Megalogenis, The Australian Moment, Penguin
2011: Russell Skelton, King Brown Country: The betrayal of Papunya, Allen & Unwin
2010: Shirley Shackleton, The Circle of Silence: A Personal Testimony Before, During and After Balibo
2009: Graham Freudenberg, Churchill and Australia
2008: Don Watson, American Journeys
2007: Chris Masters, Jonestown
2006: Neil Chenoweth, Packer's Lunch
2005: Bob Connolly, Making Black Harvest