Books about the Tasmanian gambling industry, gender inequality at work and leaving the corporate world for the not‐for‐profit sector are all contenders for Australia’s richest award for business books.
The books shortlisted for the $30,000 Ashurst Business Literature Prize 2017:
- Losing Streak: How Tasmania was gamed by the gambling industry by James Boyce (Black Inc.)
- Stop Fixing Women: Why building fairer workplaces is everybody’s business by Catherine Fox (NewSouth)
- Jumping Ship: From the world of corporate Australia to the heart of social investment by Michael Traill (Hardie Grant)
The judges are Richard Fisher, General Counsel and Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Sydney, business journalist Narelle Hooper, and Margie Seale, a former CEO of Random House Australia and New Zealand.
“The shortlisted books this year cover a diverse range of issues including the interplay between various Tasmanian Governments and the gambling industry (a topical book in the context of the recent election in that State), making the workplace fit for women rather than women fit for the workplace and the application of good business practices to the not‐for‐profit sector,” says Fisher, the Chair of the judging panel.
The award was established by law firm Ashurst, formerly Blake Dawson, and the State Library of NSW in 2004 to encourage the highest possible standards of literary commentary on business and financial affairs by an Australian author.
The winner will be announced on May 31.
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