Australian novelist, short-story writer and poet David Malouf
has won the inaugural Australia-Asia Literary Award
, Australia’s newest and richest literary prize, for his short-story collection, The Complete Stories
(Random House, 2008), which gathers both a new collection, Every Move You Make
, and all of his previously published stories. “It’s a wonderful piece of writing, a combination of decades of work, and it captures the human condition in such a deep and intense way,” said Nury Vittachi
, one of the judges of the prize. “His characters are very ordinary people and he captures the intense joys and sadness of ordinary life.” The A$110,000 prize was awarded in Perth on Friday, November 21, 2008.