Walkley Book Award

Congratulations to Lucie Morris-Marr, winner of the 2020 Walkley Book Award


Fallen
Allen & Unwin
Fallen reveals the full story of the brutal battle waged by the Cardinal George Pell as he fought to clear his name, including a ferocious bid to be freed from jail. Author Lucie Morris-Marr also shares the compelling personal journey she undertook as she investigated the biggest story of her career and the frequent attacks she endured from powerful Pell supporters.

British-born investigative journalist, writer and broadcaster Lucie Morris-Marr was twice highly commended as Young Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards while working on domestic and international assignments for the Daily Mail in London. In 2006 she moved to Sydney as associate editor of Marie Claire, where she focused on long form investigative journalism. Morris-Marr went on to work as a senior writer for the Herald Sun in Melbourne where she became the first reporter in the world to uncover a secret police investigation into Cardinal George Pell regarding child sexual abuse allegations. The author covered the subsequent legal case for The New Daily and CNN.

Judges’ comments

This compelling analysis of the trial of George Pell stood out for the sheer quality of the writing, the momentum of the story and new insights on how power operates in Australia. Morris-Marr adeptly builds context around a complex trial that grabbed global attention with a clear dissection of the legal process, media machinations and the legacy for a besieged Catholic church, while weaving in her personal and often harrowing experience. Her tenacity and insight has produced a brilliant and eye-opening book.

Congratulations to Sophie McNeill, Lucie Morris-Mars and Suzanne Smith, who have been shortlisted for the 2020 Walkley Book Award.

WALKLEY BOOK AWARD SHORTLIST

  • Sophie McNeill, We Can’t Say We Didn’t Know, ABC Books
  • Lucie Morris-Marr, Fallen, Allen & Unwin
  • Suzanne Smith, The Altar Boys, ABC Books

A huge thank you to the 2020 Book Award judges:

    • Paul Bailey, The Australian Financial Review
    • Catherine Fox, business writer
    • Phillipa McGuinness, non-fiction publisher and author
    • Karen Middleton, The Saturday Paper
    • Peter Norden, Deakin University
    • Margot O’Neill, senior journalist
    • Helen Pitt, The Sydney Morning Herald
    • Fiona Stager, Avid Reader Bookshop
    • Jim Waley, senior journalist

CLICK HERE to see the full list of finalists for the 2020 Walkley Awards.

The Walkley Book Award celebrates the value and importance of long form journalism, acknowledging 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 opened on Monday May 11, 2020 and closed on August 31, 2020.

The 2020 Walkley Book Award will acknowledge the work produced by an Australian journalist or writer, published in the year from September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020.

Entries can encompass subject matter including true crime and biographies through to political analysis, business writing, war reporting, investigative journalism and foreign correspondence.

Judging

Judging is a two-tier process comprising senior representatives from within the media and publishing community. Judges will determine a long list and shortlist of nominees prior to the announcement of winners at the 65th Walkley Awards Gala Dinner on November 20, 2020.

Entries must include:

  • Complete the online form where they will be asked to provide a synopsis and supporting statement
  • Six hardcopies of the book once online form is complete
  • Payment of $260 if a non-member of MEAA
  • Entry form/s signed by the author and publisher

For information on the Walkley Book Award please contact awards manager Lauren Dixon on 0413 212 890 or lauren.dixon@walkleys.com

2019 Walkley Book Award Winner

Congratulations to Leigh Sales, whose book Any Ordinary Day was announced as the winner of the 2019 Walkley Book Award on November 28. Read the full list of winners for the 64th Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism here.

The 2019 Walkley Book Award Shortlist were:

  • Gabrielle ChanRusted Off, Vintage, Penguin Random House Australia
  • Jess HillSee What You Made Me Do, Black Inc.
  • Leigh SalesAny Ordinary Day, Penguin Random House Australia

2020 entries are now closed.

Past winners

The 2020 winner joins the ranks of some of the most celebrated non-fiction writers in Australia: Leigh Sales (Any Ordinary Day), Helen Pitt (The House), Louise Milligan (Cardinal), Stan Grant (Talking To My Country), Chip Le Grand (The Straight Dope), Paul Kelly (Triumph and Demise), Pamela Williams (Killing Fairfax), George Megalogenis (The Australian Moment), Russell Skelton(King Brown Country), Shirley Shackleton (The Circle of Silence), Graham Freudenberg(Churchill and Australia), Don Watson (American Journeys), Chris Masters (Jonestown), Neil Chenoweth (Packer’s Lunch) and Bob Connolly (Making Black Harvest). Entries can encompass subject matter including true crime and biographies, political analysis, business writing, war reporting, investigative journalism and foreign correspondence.

Judging

Judging is a two-tier process comprising senior representatives from the media and publishing community. Judges will determine a long list and shortlist of nominees before winners are announced at the 65th Walkley Awards in November 2020.