Wednesday, 9 November, 2016 Canberra: The Life of Houses and The Natural Way of Things authors divided the $80,000 prize – one of three categories split among winners at last night's Prime Minister's Literary Awards.
Lisa Gorton's The Life of Houses looks at the relationships between three generations of an Australian establishment family. Charlotte Wood's The Natural Way of Things is about power and women.
Other winners included Sheila Fitzpatrick in non-fiction who won for her book, On Stalin's Team: The years of Living Dangerously in Soviet Politics.
She shared the prize with Karen Lamb, who wrote Thea Astley: Inventing her own Weather.
Professor Geoffrey Blainey won an award for Australian history for The Story of Australia's People, sharing the award with Sam Lipski and Suzanne D Rutland's Let My People Go: The Untold Story of Australia and the Soviet Jews 1959-89.
The poetry prize was awarded to Sarah Holland-Batt for The Hazards.
The children's prize went to Sally Morgan for Sister Heart and for young adult Meg McKinlay took the prize for A Single Stone.
Wednesday 09 November 2016 9:45am