There's a rumour going around (and I haven't been able to confirm this list via the Ned Kelly's own website, but the short list may have arrived!) ** means I've read it!

Best First Fiction:
Golden Serpent, Mark Abernethy **
A Fraction Of The Whole, Steve Toltz
The Low Road, Chris Womersley **

Best Fiction:
Sucked In, Shane Maloney **
Amongst The Dead, Robert Gott **
El Dorado, Dorothy Porter **
Shatter, Michael Robotham **

Best Non-Fiction:
Underbelly The Gangland War, John Silvester and Andrew Rule **
Killing Jodie, Janet Fife-Yeomans
Red Centre, Dark Heart, Evan McHugh

If this is the list there are a few interesting things on here - firstly no Peter's!

Secondly it's a bit disappointing there are so few women, and I am sad to see some of the newer authors on the best fiction nominees that were dropped.

It's beyond pleasing that El Dorado made the short list - it's an absolute stonkingly good book.

The exciting thing is there there are really only 3 books I haven't personally read yet!

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Comment by Daniel Hatadi on July 30, 2008 at 2:11pm
I might grab that Underbelly book too, then. Just from looking at a few pages, it seemed to be more polished in terms of the writing. I thought Leadbelly was a little rough.
Comment by Karen from AustCrime on July 30, 2008 at 2:03pm
Underbelly is a re-compilation of the stories from many of the Underbelly 1-10 (or however many they are up to) and Leadbelly so a lot of it will have seemed very similar.

The third book was pretty good - it's set in the NT during WWII. They are definitely on the lighter side - but I do like that William is such a - as Shane Maloney put it - dickhead.
Comment by Daniel Hatadi on July 30, 2008 at 12:23pm
I've been wondering, is Underbelly the same book as Leadbelly (by the same authors). I had a skim through Underbelly and I get the feeling it's the same book re-written?

I read the first of the Robert Gott series and liked it well enough, but didn't think it was award worthy. How does the third book compare?

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