Congratulations!!! Kelly Gardiner, whose wonderful YA historical book Act of Faith has been shortlisted for the Ethel Turner Prize in the 2012 NSW Premier’s Literary awards. This prestigious shortlisting is yet another nod to the success of this book, which has also been shortlisted for the 2012 Gold Inky awards, Highly Commended in the 2012 Barbara Jefferis Awards and received a Notable Mention in the 2012 CBC Awards, Older Reader category.
Set in England in 1640, Act of Faith centres around sixteen-year-old Isabella who is brought up by her academic father to be multi-lingual, to think philosophically and tolerantly, and to speak her mind. But it is her father’s radical ideas that forces Isabella to flee her home when he takes a suicidal stand against Cromwell’s army. Isabella ends up in Amsterdam where she finds work with an elderly printer, Master de Aquila, and his assistant Willem. Master de Aquila has a book he wants published, but the daring content forces him to travel to Venice to find a publisher brave enough. Isabella accompanies him and there she finds a world where women are treated as equal to men and books and ideas are treasured.
…and fingers crossed for 30 November when the winners for the 2012 Premier’s Literary Awards and History Awards will be announced at the State Library of NSW.