Jane Gleeson-White

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Half-wild Lyra from Northern Lights was the first female character who felt real to Jane Gleeson-White. Then she met Elena Ferrante’s ‘ferocious, filthy, quicksilver’ Lila, a more complex version.

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An historical account of double-entry bookkeeping and a novel exploring human-animal relationships have won two PhD students places on the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards shortlist.