The library will close at 4pm on Friday December 13 for renovations over the holiday period.
The Library is expected to re-open from 20/01/20. Members will be given a progress update in early January.

Literary Awards and Book Lists

The Athenaeum Library's most popular titles of 2018

1.   Dark emu - Bruce Pascoe
2.   Force of nature - Jane Harper
3.   The temptation of forgiveness - Donna Leon
4.   The heart's invisible furies - John Boyne
5.   The museum of modern love - Heather Rose
6.   The last man in Europe - Dennis Glover
7.   The woman in the window - A J Finn
8.   Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine - Gail Honeyman
9.   Home fire - Kamila Shamsie
10. The shepherd's hut - Tim Winton



2019 Booker Prize Shortlist

The testaments - Margaret Atwood   WINNER
Ducks, Newburyport - Lucy Ellmann
Girl, woman, other - Bernadine Evaristo   WINNER
An orchestra of minorities - Chigozie Obioma
Quichotte - Salman Rushdie
10 minutes 38 seconds in this strange world - Elif Shafak

Previous Man Booker Prize Winners



2019 Miles Franklin Literary Award Shortlist

The Lebs - Michael Mohammed Ahmad
A sand archive - Gregory Day
A stolen season - Rodney Hall
The death of Noah Glass - Gail Jones
Too much lip - Melissa Lucashenko   WINNER
Dyschronia - Jennifer Mills

Previous Miles Franklin Winners



2019 Stella Prize Shortlist

Little gods - Jenny Ackland
The bridge - Enza Gandolfo
Pink mountain on Locust Island - Jamie Marina Lau
The erratics - Vicki Laveau-Harvie   WINNER
Too much lip - Melissa Lucashenko
Axiomatic - Maria Tumarkin


Previous Stella Prize Winners



2018 Prime Minister's Literary Award Winners

The 2019 award shortlists can be viewed here

Fiction - The death of Noah Glass by Gail Jones
Non-fitcion - Half the perfect world by Paul Genoni and Tanya Dalziell
Australian history - The Bible in Australia by John Edwards
Poetry - Sun music by Judith Beveridge
Young adult literature - The things that will not stand by Michael Gerard Bauer
Children's literature - His name was Walter by Emily Rodda


Previous Prime Minister's Literary Award Winners



2019 Nobel Laureate for Literature

Peter Handke

No titles currently held in collection


The 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature was also awarded this year

Olga Tokarczuk

Titles in our collection:
Drive your plow over the bones of the dead