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Coveted book honours for CAJ staff

Louisa Lim has been shortlisted for Australia’s top award for women’s literature, the Stella Prize. Meanwhile Jeff Sparrow is in the running for the non-fiction price in the 2023 NSDW Premier’s Literary Awards. 

Coveted book honours for CAJ staff

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CAJ senior lecturer Dr Louisa Lim has been shortlisted for the coveted Stella Prize, Australia’s leading award for women’s literature, for her latest book Indelible City: Dispossession and Defiance in Hong Kong.

Lim has described her book, a merging reportage and memoir produced over eight years, as a love-letter to the city she calls home. She describes one of the book’s central themes as “a reflection on the idea of history, and who gets to write history”. “Indelible City is a vibrant international literary achievement,” the judges said. Details on the Stella Prize and the shortlist are available here, and the winner will be announced on 27 April.


The book has won numerous distinctions, including being nominated for the Walkley Awards Book of the Year and the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction. It was included in The New York Times 100 notable books of 2022.

She’s not the only member of the CAJ team enjoying recognition for her work.

Dr Jeff Sparrow’s book, Crimes against Nature, has been shortlisted for the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction at the 2023 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.

His book explores the modern economic and political forces behind the climate crisis. “Be suspicious of the inevitable attempts to blame the crises on ordinary people,” Sparrow wrote.The judges described his book as “reassuring and disturbing”.  A full list of nominees is here, and winners will be announced on 22 May.

Lim teaches audio, video and podcasting in CAJ’s Master of Journalism and Master of International Journalism. Sparrow teaches creative non-fiction and oversees the journalism thesis subject.

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