Tasmanian novelist and essayist Amanda Lohrey is the winner of the 2012 Patrick White Literary Award. The award is given annually to an author who has ‘made a contribution to Australian Literature’ and deserves further recognition.
The judging committee’s citation commented on the importance of Lohrey’s fiction, beginning with The Morality of Gentlemen (1984), described by the late Stephen Murray-Smith
as ‘the best political novel to have been written in Australia’, and
extending through to her most recent book, the prize-winning Reading Madame Bovary
(2010). The judges stated that Lohrey creates ‘memorable characters
shaped by moral or ethical dilemmas and questions. Her prose style has
developed a distinctive grace and lucidity in expressing these complex
The judges also highlighted Lohrey’s contribution to the development of the creative writing program at UTS and her ‘reputation as an essayist of distinction’ (Judges' Citation).
The Patrick White Award was established by Patrick White in 1975 with the proceeds of his 1973 Nobel Prize in Literature.
It aims to advance ‘Australian literature by encouraging the writing of
novels, short stories, poetry and/or plays for publication or
performance’. Further information is available from the award’s