The Stella prize celebrates Australian womens contribution to literature. The prize was first awarded in 2013 to Carrie Tiffany for Mateship with Birds. In 2014, the winner was Clare Wright for The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, and in 2015 the winner was Emily Bitto for The Strays. The 2016 Stella Prize was awarded to Charlotte Wood for The Natural Way of Things.

Brenda Walker, Chair of the 2016 judging panel, says of the winning book:

The Natural Way of Things is a novel of – and for – our times, explosive yet written with artful, incisive coolness. It parodies, with steely seriousness, the state of being visible and female in contemporary Western society.

“With an unflinching eye and audacious imagination, Charlotte Wood carries us from a nightmare of helplessness and despair to a fantasy of revenge and reckoning. The Natural Way of Things is a riveting and necessary act of critique.”

Read more about the judges report here

Find the full selection of the 2016 Stella Prize of shortlisted books and a sample of titles from the long list currently on display at the library.