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‘The Survivors’ & ‘Courage Under Fire’ longlisted for the 2021 Colin Roderick Award

June 29, 2021

The Survivors and Courage Under Fire longlisted for the 2021 Colin Roderick Award

We are pleased to announce that The Survivors by Jane Harper and Courage Under Fire by Daniel Keighran VC have been longlisted for the 2021 Colin Roderick Award.

The Colin Roderick Award is one of Australia’s oldest literary awards that features a diverse list. This year, the award received 200 entries, which has been narrowed down to a longlist of fifteen. The shortlist will be announced on Monday, 2 August with the winner crowned at the annual dinner of the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies in October.

For The Survivors, this adds to the list of nominations the book has already achieved, including the ABA Booksellers’ Choice Book of the Year, ABIA General Fiction Book of the Year 2021 and Indie Book Awards for Fiction 2021.


The Survivors by Jane HarperThe Survivors by Jane Harper book cover, featuring the title and author text on a background photo of waves crashing against rocks

Kieran Elliott’s life changed forever on the day a reckless mistake led to devastating consequences.

The guilt that still haunts him resurfaces during a visit with his young family to the small coastal community he once called home.

Kieran’s parents are struggling in a town where fortunes are forged by the sea. Between them all is his absent brother, Finn.

When a body is discovered on the beach, long-held secrets threaten to emerge. A sunken wreck, a missing girl, and questions that have never washed away…



Courage Under Fire by Daniel Keighran VC

Cover of Courage Under Fire by Daniel Keighran featuring Daniel in an army uniform, wearing his medals against a dark background.‘A man selfless in the face of threat. Courageous in the face of terror. Generous in the face of suffering. And humble in the face of an honour bestowed.’ Dame Quentin Bryce

On 24 August 2010, in battle in Afghanistan, Corporal Daniel Keighran risked his life in a hail of gunfire to save his fellow soldiers. His actions saw him awarded the Victoria Cross for Australia, making him the 99th Australian to receive our country’s highest award for bravery.

Courage Under Fire tells of Daniel’s unlikely journey to become one of Australia’s most celebrated soldiers.

Inspired by his much-loved grandfather, a WWII veteran, Daniel joined the army. There he found the structure that was missing from his teen years. Although just 17, Daniel adapted quickly to the demands of life in the military, always willing to learn, always wanting to grow, always seeking to emulate the example of his grandfather.

Courage Under Fire is an outstanding military memoir, packed with tales of multiple tours, accounts of extraordinary camaraderie, and a reflection on the unseen cost of service. Most of all it is a testament to the idea that anything is possible if you know what you stand for.


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