The winner of the 2015 Voss Literary Prize is Elizabeth Harrower for her novel In Certain Circles (Text Publishing).
The the citation that accompanied the award the judges state: ‘The winner, In Certain Circles by Elizabeth Harrower, has generated enormous interest from readers, not least for its long-delayed publication. Fascinatingly in and out of its own time, the novel presents the fragility and tenuousness of human interconnection as a figure for the postwar world. The judges were compelled by Harrower’s incisive and stately prose and by the novel’s subtle interweaving of perspectives in the drawing of its circles of sociability and seduction.’
See the full press release Press Release Voss Literary Award 2015.
The Voss Literary Prize is dedicated to the memory of Vivian Robert de Vaux Voss (1930-1963), an historian and lover of literature from Emu Park in Central Queensland who studied History and Latin at the University of Sydney and modern languages at the University of Rome. His will stipulated that a literary award be established to reward the best novel from the previous year. The executors of the estate have appointed the Australian University Heads of English, the peak body for the study of English at Australian Universities, to oversee and judge the award.