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Each of the quizzes in this category covers a range of Australian authors - if you are interested in quizzes about a specific Australian writer, look for quizzes categorised under their surname.
17 Australian Literature quizzes and 175 Australian Literature trivia questions.
  Wistful Thinking   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Sitting in my office, I start dreaming of past times when Australians still traveled by horse, bushrangers roamed and the lure of the unknown led intrepid explorers on great journeys. I can't travel back there but I can still read about it...
Average, 10 Qns, MikeMaster99, Sep 25 13
MikeMaster99 gold member
1763 plays
  Black and White and Read All Over   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A not too in-depth study of the relationships between Aboriginal and white Australians in ten classic works of Australian literature, (and a few more besides). Quiz does contain some spoilers.
Average, 10 Qns, Aussiedrongo, May 22 14
2652 plays
  Finish the Title: Aussie Novels   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Although it has an Australian theme, this quiz is designed for lovers of literature all over the world. Just choose the correct word to finish the title of these famous novels from Australian authors.
Easier, 10 Qns, timence, Mar 04 15
timence gold member
425 plays
  Which Way Did He Go?   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Which way did this Aussie go? This quiz looks at a variety of Australian literature where someone has gone exploring and/or missing. It's an eclectic mix of fiction and biography. The correct answer may be challenging to find!
Average, 10 Qns, MikeMaster99, Feb 14 17
MikeMaster99 gold member
199 plays
  Great Australian Literature   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I was astounded when I discovered that the Australian Literature section only had two quizzes so here is a quiz to help overcome this deficiency.
Average, 10 Qns, MotherGoose, Jun 28 17
MotherGoose editor
832 plays
  Australian Bush Poetry   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
A quiz on the poetry of the Australian bushmen. Most of the questions relate to the funny side of life in the Outback.
Average, 15 Qns, ozzz2002, Feb 10 22
ozzz2002 gold member
Feb 10 22
785 plays
  Australian Literature   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Hi, I love books and having ran a successful secondhand bookshop, I decided to have a go at creating a literature quiz. I hope you enjoy it.
Average, 10 Qns, marshypoo, Jul 19 14
552 plays
  Name that Australian Book Title   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I will give you the Australian author and some clues about a book and you have to name the title. I would recommend every book in this quiz.
Average, 10 Qns, smartie44, May 10 08
538 plays
  Australian Poets   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I have a passion for Australian poetry and poets. Hopefully, this quiz will inspire you to take a closer look at them. Where possible, I have tried to include the text of the poem referred to in the interesting information.
Average, 10 Qns, tezza1551, Aug 19 17
Aug 19 17
308 plays
  Well Known Australian Poets   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
There's more to Australian Poetry than "The Man From Snowy River"!
Tough, 10 Qns, natsim, Jun 21 12
425 plays
trivia question Quick Question
What is the first name metioned in this poem?

From Quiz "A Bush Christening"

  Write Around Australia   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Australia really has it all - Sun, Beaches, Snow, Desert, Rainforest - and some very gifted literary minds.
Tough, 10 Qns, Parra_Chick, Aug 21 10
365 plays
  Australian Indigenous Writers    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Australia's Indigenous writers have contributed to the rich collection of Australian literature. I have included a couple of non Indigenous writers who have written well informed social commentaries of aspects of Aboriginal histories.
Average, 10 Qns, tezza1551, Sep 03 09
203 plays
  Henry Lawson - Australian Poet and Writer    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Henry Lawson is one of my favourite Australian poets and writers. This quiz introduces some of the characters he created and a little about his life.
Average, 10 Qns, tezza1551, Apr 18 08
261 plays
  Down and Under (Literature that is!)   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Sorting out my bookshelves recently I was surprised at how many Australian books I had; I've chosen ten of them. I won't tell you who wrote them, and the only thing they have in common is a link to Australia.
Average, 10 Qns, slfcpd, Jul 14 14
slfcpd gold member
252 plays
  Help! I've Lost My Story! Australia Special    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is a quiz dealing with a range of teen fiction books written by Australian authors, from historical to fantasy and back. I'll give you a description of a main character and you have to help them find their own stories again!
Tough, 10 Qns, dreaming_queen, Jun 16 19
Jun 16 19
294 plays
  Introduction to Australian Literature    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Fairly basic questions about well-known Australian writers and Australian literature.
Tough, 10 Qns, gormless1, Jan 28 06
699 plays
  Australian Children's Literature    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Australia has a very rich literary tradition for children. All the answers to this quiz can be found in books published up to 2000. I hope you will be stimulated to discover some new titles!
Very Difficult, 10 Qns, Scottie2306, Dec 08 05
Very Difficult
Scottie2306 gold member
368 plays
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Australian Literature Trivia Questions

1. In a gross miscarriage of justice, Rufus Dawes is transported to Australia, charged with a murder he did not commit. Which state was he sent to 'for the term of his natural life'?

From Quiz
Which Way Did He Go?

Answer: Tasmania

Marcus Clarke's 'For the Term of His Natural Life' was first serialized in the 'Australian Journal' before appearing as a novel a few years later in 1874. Rufus Dawes, originally a young aristocrat, Richard Devines, is sent to harsh prison settlements at Macquarie Harbour and then Port Arthur. The story recounts his travails and the wrought love he shares with Sylvie. The novel describes the harsh and cruel conditions suffered by Dawes and his fellow convicts and the eventual resolution of the murder charge.

2. Made into a 2013 film starring Geoffrey Rush, Markus Zuzak's novel set in 1939 in Nazi Germany is titled "The Book _____"?

From Quiz Finish the Title: Aussie Novels

Answer: Thief

The main character of this novel is Liesel Meminger, who finds a book in a graveyard following her brother's burial, beginning a life-long love of books, which she has a habit of stealing. This novel has a memorable narrator: death.

3. Henry Lawson wrote a hilarious short story called 'The Loaded Dog'. Which object, carried by that dog, caused the men in the mining camp to panic?

From Quiz Wistful Thinking

Answer: A bomb with a lit fuse

Henry Lawson's 'The Loaded Dog' is one of the best loved Australian short stories. It tells the tale of three friends, Dave Regan, Jim Bently and Andy Page, who are living in a mining camp in Stony Creek together with their black retriever, 'an overgrown pup' named Tommy. Now Dave, Andy and Jim have come up with an ingenious method of fishing - they blow up the fish using a canister of explosives. One day this goes awry when Tommy steals one of the canisters and inadvertently lights the fuse on the campfire. Chaos ensues as the hapless friends try and evade a playful Tommy and his lethal toy. Eventually Dave takes refuge in a pub, only to be followed by Tommy, still carrying the canister. However, the pub is also home to a 'vicious yellow mongrel cattle-dog sulking and nursing his nastiness' who meanly relieves Tommy of his possession. The dog then pays the consequence of his actions as the fuse burns down and the canister explodes, killing the dog. Dave and Tommy then head back to camp, with Tommy blithely unaware of the havoc he has wreaked. The story was published as part of the collection 'Joe Wilson and his Mates' in 1901. Considered to be one of Australia's greatest writers and poets, Henry Lawson was born in the Grenfell goldfields of New South Wales in 1867, the son of a Norwegian-born miner and the poet, publisher and feminist, Louise Lawson. As a result of a childhood illness, Lawson was totally deaf by the age of fourteen and turned to reading as a means of furthering his education. His first poem 'A Song for the Republic' was published in 1887. By the time of his death in 1922, he was beloved of Australians and was afforded a New South Wales state funeral.

4. Tales of bushrangers, whether accurate or embellished, are as culturally iconic in Australia as kangaroos and koalas. Which Rolf Boldrewood novel tells of the exploits of the bushranger Captain Starlight and his Aboriginal right hand man Warrigal?

From Quiz Black and White and Read All Over

Answer: Robbery Under Arms

Along with Captain Starlight and Warrigal, brothers Dick and Jim Marston and their father Ben form a formidable quintet of bushrangers. They are guilty of the typical activities of men of their ilk, such as cattle duffing, horse stealing, mail coach bail ups and bank robbery. Although his skills with handling cattle and as a master horseman, as well as his tracking abilities are well respected by the others, Warrigal is still never completely trusted by any of them. There is a mutual disliking between the Marston brothers and Warrigal, and Ben Marston's opinion is that Warrigal is "worth watching." Even after all his loyalty during their clandestine escapades, Captain Starlight's treatment of Warrigal is, at times, little more than contemptible; "Starlight used to knock him down like a log if he didn't please him." Yet with all the admiration he has for Starlight, Warrigal takes it all in his stride, even to the extent that he is "regular put out once when Starlight hurt his knuckles against his hard skull." But there's no honour amongst thieves as the old adage says and Warrigal eventually turns police informant, leading to the inevitable downfall of himself and the Starlight Gang. Rolf Boldrewood, the pen name of Thomas Alexander Browne, began writing 'Robbery Under Arms' in 1880 and it was printed the following year in serial form in the 'Sydney Mail' newspaper. It was first published in book form in 1888 in three volumes and has become Boldrewood's best known work having been adapted since into a stage play and several films. Although it is a work of fiction, many of the characters and events in the story were inspired by and based upon real Australian bushrangers and their cunning escapades. 'For the Term of His Natural Life' was written by Marcus Clarke in 1870 and follows the story of a convict transported to the penal colony of Van Diemen's Land. Contrary to its title, Peter Carey's 2001 Booker Prize winning 'True History of the Kelly Gang' is a fictionalised account of Australia's most famous bushrangers. 'The Wild Colonial Boy' is a traditional ballad originating in Ireland that has made its way to the antipodes and, with a few changes to the wording, become a popular Australian bush ballad.

5. Which book by author Gabrielle Lord has the same title as a song by Chris Isaak?

From Quiz Write Around Australia

Answer: Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing

Written by Australian crime fiction author Gabrielle Lord, "Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing" is about a murderer preying on prostitutes in Sydney's Kings Cross. Part of the perpetrator's M.O. (modus operandi) is to pick up a prostitute in his car. The song on the radio at the time of the first-mentioned kidnap was Chris Isaak's "Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing". (Question by Parra_Chick)

6. Doris Pilkington's best known work has been made into a film which tells the story of three young girls walking from the mission where they had been sent, back to their home. What is the name of the book?

From Quiz Australian Indigenous Writers

Answer: Follow the Rabbit Proof Fence

The setting of the book "Follow the Rabbit Proof Fence" is Moore River Mission, one of the two major destinations for Western Australian Indigenous children removed from their parents during the Stolen Generation era. The other settlement was south of Perth at Carrolup near Katanning. The book was made into a film titled "Rabbit Proof Fence". Doris's Indigenous name is Nugi Garimara.

7. David Campbell's poem "Harry Pearce" has as its subject a form of transport. What type of transport is featured?

From Quiz Australian Poets

Answer: Bullock wagon

"Harry Pearce" 'I sat beside the red stock route And chewed a blade of bitter grass And saw in mirage on the plain A bullock wagon pass. Old Harry Pearce was with his team "The flies are bad", I said to him. The leaders felt his whip. It did Me good to hear Old Harry swear, And in the heat of noon it seemed His bullocks walked on air. Suspended in the amber sky They hauled the wool to Gundagai. He walked in Time across the plain, An old man walking in the air, For years he wandered in my brain; And now he lodges here. And he may drive his cattle still When Time with us has had his will.'

8. What is the name of Matthew Flinders' cat in the novel of the same name by Bryce Courtenay?

From Quiz Australian Literature

Answer: Trim

Matthew Flinders' cat Trim travelled with him along the east coast of Australia in his vessel "Investigator" and later in 1803, the "Cumberland" to the island of Mauritius. There Flinders was imprisoned for several years by the French, owing to the fact that England was again at war with France and the colony of Mauritius had been claimed by the French in 1715. Flinders was heading for England but the Cumberland was taking in water; fearing his pump would fail on the voyage around the Cape of Good Hope he decided to head to Mauritius for repairs to his boat. Unfortunately for Flinders he was unaware England was again at war with France. This news got to Sydney some two months after Flinders had departed. Trim was allegedly eaten by slaves on the island.

9. In the picture book "The Paw" by Natalie Jane Prior, with what do the burglars menace the old man?

From Quiz Australian Children's Literature

Answer: a rotary fruit peeler

This is a very funny scene. The old man, looking very scared at the prospect of the peeler, is saved by the intervention of the schoolgirl cat-burglar, Leonie.

10. Which famous Australian author's son died of medically-acquired AIDS, prompting him to write the best-seller, "April Fool's Day"?

From Quiz Great Australian Literature

Answer: Bryce Courtenay

Bryce Courtenay's son, Damon, suffered from haemophilia and he acquired AIDS from a tainted blood transfusion. Damon died on April 1, 1991, hence the title. On his official website (, Courtenay states "in the countries where it was published, it unequivocally changed the public perception of AIDS". He is very proud of the fact that his book is now compulsory reading in a number of medical schools.

11. Who is the only Australian to have won a Nobel Prize for Literature?

From Quiz Introduction to Australian Literature

Answer: Patrick White

White won in 1973. He was born in the UK, but came to live in Australia when young.

12. Ruth Park authored over 50 novels, with one of her most famous being about a poor family growing up in inner Sydney. It is titled "The Harp in the _____"?

From Quiz Finish the Title: Aussie Novels

Answer: South

First published in 1948, "The Harp in the South" follows the life of the Darcys, an Irish-Australian family living in tough conditions in the Sydney suburb of Surry Hills. Ruth Park was originally from New Zealand, but came to Australia in 1948 as a journalist prior to commencing her prolific career as an author.

13. "The Man From Snowy River" and "Clancy Of The Overflow". Which Australian author, poet, lawyer and journalist wrote these quintessential Australian poems?

From Quiz Write Around Australia

Answer: A B 'Banjo' Paterson

Two very different poems, but both are superbly redolent of the outback hard-riding Australian horseman's life. In "The Man From Snowy River", Paterson graphically tells of the ride of a slightly-built horseman with a stock whip who takes off through the bush among other riders after an escaped thoroughbred which has joined a pack of wild horses. His breakneck ride down a steep incline is the stuff of legend. "Clancy Of The Overflow" is the musings of a fellow stuck in a city office, who dearly wishes that he could swap places with his mate Clancy who is droving cattle in Queensland. Paterson's lyricism has a uniquely Australian style. Ironically, his work is known internationally through the much lighter verse, "Waltzing Matilda". (Question by Airmale)

14. This writer's European name is Kath Walker, and she was one of the first published Indigenous poets. She is equally well known under her Indigenous name, which is ...?

From Quiz Australian Indigenous Writers

Answer: Oodgeroo Noonuccal

Oodgeroo Noonuccal was a tireless worker for Aboriginal Rights. She was awarded an MBE (Member of British Empire) which she later returned as a protest against ongoing injustices against Indigenous Australians. Her poetry includes such works as "We are Going" and "Municipal Gum".

15. Which war is being discussed in Bruce Dawe's work "Homecoming"?

From Quiz Australian Poets

Answer: Vietnam War

Dawe's anti war attitude is strongly expressed in this poem, and deals with the bodies of soldiers being returned to their homelands in "green plastic bags".

16. What is the title of an autobiography written by Sally Morgan, who grew up in Perth in the 1950s and 1960s?

From Quiz Name that Australian Book Title

Answer: "My Place"

Sally Morgan wrote this book in 1987. As a child she was told that she was of Indian descent but as she grew older she discovered that, in fact, she and her sister were of Aboriginal descent, from the Palku people of the Pilbara. This is a very moving search for identity. Her second book "Wanamurraganya" was published in 1989. Sally Morgan is also a well recognised aboriginal artist, both in Australia and overseas. The other three books are also autobiographies. "A Fortunate Life" (1981) was written by A.B. Facey and is another extraordinary story covering the early 20th century. "My Brilliant Career" was written by Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin (known as Miles Franklin) in 1899. "From Strength to Strength" (1992) was written by Sarah Henderson about her life in a tin shack in outback Australia.

17. Who was the Australian author who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1973?

From Quiz Australian Literature

Answer: Patrick White

Patrick White (1912-1990) received his Nobel Prize in 1973 for his novels depicting Australian life with rural backgrounds. Patrick White was a confessed homosexual and in his autobiography "Flaws in the Glass" mentions about writing as a homosexual in Australia.

18. Jenny calls her great-grandmother by her first name. What is the name of Jenny's great-grandmother in "The Web" by Nette Hilton?

From Quiz Australian Children's Literature

Answer: Violet-Anne

"The Web" was short-listed in the Book of the Year Younger Readers category in 1992. It is a touching story of Jenny's relationship with her great-grandmother. A spider plays a pivotal role!

19. Who am I? I am one of Australia's most popular novelists. I was born in New South Wales in 1937. I gave up my career in neurophysiology when my second novel, "The Thorn Birds", became an international best seller.

From Quiz Great Australian Literature

Answer: Colleen McCullough

Colleen McCullough is my favourite author. Her first book, "Tim", was made into a film in 1979, starring Mel Gibson as Tim. At this time Gibson was an unknown actor; it was only his second movie role. "The Thorn Birds" was made into a television miniseries in 1983 and won the 1983 Golden Globe Award for best miniseries. According to the Amazon website, it is "the second most-watched miniseries (after "Roots") of all time". The book, despite its popularity, did not earn McCullough any awards.

20. One of the greatest Australian poems ever written was "The Man from Snowy River". Which American actor had a starring role in the 1982 film version?

From Quiz Australian Bush Poetry

Answer: Kirk Douglas

Douglas played Harrison, "...who made his pile when Pardon won the Cup..", a crusty old horseman who tried to keep Tom Burlinson (the 'Man') from joining the chase for "... the colt from old Regret..". Clancy of the Overflow (played by rugged Aussie actor, Jack Thompson) managed to convince the others to let him ride, and the rest, as they say, is history. Another classic piece of literature from A.B. Paterson.

21. 'The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith' is a well-known novel by whom?

From Quiz Introduction to Australian Literature

Answer: Thomas Keneally

'Chant' is based on a true story in Australian history: the rampage by the Governor brothers.

22. Mark Greenwood's 2003 book 'The Legend of Lasseter's Reef' tells the story of Harold Bell Lasseter and his claims of finding great riches in central Australia around the start of the 20th century. What did Lasseter ostensibly find?

From Quiz Which Way Did He Go?

Answer: Gold

Arguably the most famous mystery associated with gold in Australia, many prospectors have unsuccessfully sought Lasseter's rich reef of gold. Lasseter spent time with the Aboriginals in the region but this relationship turned sour. As Ion Idriess recounts in 'Lasseter's Last Ride' (1931), their Kurdaitcha man (similar to a witch doctor/traditional medicine man) "pointed the bone at him" and he was then shunned and condemned to be ignored. Lasseter left no maps showing the location of the reef but it is believed to be somewhere close to the border of Northern Territory and Western Australia.

23. Ethel Turner wrote a novel in the late 19th Century featuring a particular number. How many "little Australians" complete the title of her first and most popular story?

From Quiz Finish the Title: Aussie Novels

Answer: Seven

Turner's "Seven Little Australians" is considered a classic, having been reprinted over 50 times since its original release in 1894. It tells the story of widower Captain Allcott, father of seven children, and the various challenges he faces living in Sydney with his new young wife.

24. In which colonial novel by Ralph Boldrewood does narrator Dick Marston tell the story of the bushranger known as Captain Starlight?

From Quiz Wistful Thinking

Answer: Robbery Under Arms

'Robbery under Arms' was first published as a serial over the period 1882-83 by the 'Sydney Mail' magazine before appearing as a single volume in 1889. Dick Marston is encouraged to write his story a month before he is due to hang for his various crimes. He starts out as a cattle duffer (thief) and soon meets Captain Starlight and Warrigal, his aboriginal offsider. Warrigal rescues the team from jail after they inadvisedly return home for Christmas, and the crime spree escalates to robbing stage coaches. A series of daring crimes and skirmishes with the law lead to a plan to escape to the US. Before they can flee the country, they are betrayed. Starlight and Jim are shot dead and Dick is captured, which leads back to the starting point of the story. In a late reprieve, his sentence is commuted and he eventually marries the sister of his childhood friend, the honest and successful George Storefield and takes on the management of one of George's properties. This book, written by Boldrewood (a pseudonym for Thomas Alexander Browne), is considered an Australian classic and has never been out of print. It shows how minor misdeeds can spiral out of control into major disasters despite the best intentions of the lovable rogues involved.

25. "Picnic At Hanging Rock" provided readers with intrigue and a sense of mystery for many years, however, after the death of the author a final chapter was published which resolved the mystery. What was the title of this last chapter?

From Quiz Write Around Australia

Answer: The Secret Of Hanging Rock

"Picnic At Hanging Rock" was authored by Joan Lindsay and first published in 1967. It tells the story of a group of school girls in 1900 that went on an outing to a formation known as "Hanging Rock", from which some never returned. The original version of the book did not reveal what became of the girls, however, in accordance with Lindsay's wishes, the final chapter of the book entitled "The Secret Of Hanging Rock" was published in 1987; this was three years after her death. This chapter offered a mystical ending to the fate of the girls. (Question by emmco)

26. Indigenous poet Oodgeroo Noonuccal, also known as Kath Walker, wrote several poems dealing with the loss of culture within the Aboriginal community. One is particularly well known, and is often featured in anthologies. What is its title?

From Quiz Australian Poets

Answer: We Are Going

Oodgeroo Noonuccal was a writer, painter and activist who served in the Australian Women's Army Service during WW11. She was the first Aboriginal woman to have her writing work published, and she wrote and illustrated several children's books. She died in 1993. "We Are Going" 'They came in to the little town A semi-naked band subdued and silent All that remained of their tribe. They came here to the place of their old bora ground Where now the many white men hurry about like ants. Notice of the estate agent reads: 'Rubbish May Be Tipped Here'. Now it half covers the traces of the old bora ring. 'We are as strangers here now, but the white tribe are the strangers. We belong here, we are of the old ways. We are the corroboree and the bora ground, We are the old ceremonies, the laws of the elders. We are the wonder tales of Dream Time, the tribal legends told. We are the past, the hunts and the laughing games, the wandering camp fires. We are the lightening bolt over Gaphembah Hill Quick and terrible, And the Thunderer after him, that loud fellow. We are the quiet daybreak paling the dark lagoon. We are the shadow-ghosts creeping back as the camp fires burn low. We are nature and the past, all the old ways Gone now and scattered. The scrubs are gone, the hunting and the laughter. The eagle is gone, the emu and the kangaroo are gone from this place. The bora ring is gone. The corroboree is gone. And we are going.'

27. In 1901, Lawson wrote a poem titled "The Never-Never Country". What was its subject?

From Quiz Henry Lawson - Australian Poet and Writer

Answer: The Australian Outback

This poem relates the desolation of the outback, mateship and the equality created by the harsh conditions. Some of the descriptions are amazing e.g. "Where lone Mount Desolation lies, Mounts Dreadful and Despair - 'Tis lost beneath the rainless skies In hopeless deserts there; It spreads nor'-west by No-Man's Land - Where clouds are seldom seen - To where the cattle-stations lie Three hundred miles between."

28. Which Australian poet with the nickname "Banjo" is on the $10.00 note?

From Quiz Australian Literature

Answer: A.B. Paterson

Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson was born on 17th February 1864 near Orange N.S.W and died shortly before his 77th birthday on 5th February 1941. Whilst writing verse for the Bulletin it was popular for authors of the late 19th. century to write under a pseudonym. Andrew chose the name of the station racehorse owned by his family "The Banjo" as his "pen name". Perhaps best know for his poem "The Man From Snowy River"; an extract of this poem is included on the ten dollar note.

29. Which 2 books jointly won the 1989 Picture Book of the Year award?

From Quiz Australian Children's Literature

Answer: "Drac and the Gremlin" and "The Eleventh Hour"

It is unusual for two books to be named joint winners, but it has happened a few times. The voting system is rigid, with 8 judges (one from each state or territory) casting preferential votes and a points system used to determine the outcome. "My Place in Space" was the runner-up (or Honour Book) for that year. "The Very Best of Friends" was the winner the following year, while the remaining 2 books were shortlisted for 1989.

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