9 Jul 2011

Literary prize for first work

8:25 am on 9 July 2011

A first-time novelist has won a major literary prize in Australia.

New Zealand-born Stephen Daisley won the Prime Minister's Literary Awards fiction prize for Traitor.

The novel tells the story of a New Zealand soldier who turns up in a Turkish hospital after being wounded at Gallipoli and forms a close friendship with a Turkish doctor.

Daisley was born in New Zealand in 1955 and now lives in Perth.

The prize for non-fiction went to Rod Moss for The Hard Light of Day, which is about his friendship with people who live in a town camp.

Moss says he hopes it will generate national awareness about living conditions in the camp.

Moss grew up in Melbourne but moved to Alice Springs in 1984. He won the NT Book of the Year earlier this year.

The young adult fiction category was won by Victorian author Cath Crowley for Graffiti Moon.

Crowley's previous works include Chasing Charlie Duskin and the Gracie Faltrain series.

The winners each receive a prize of $A80,000.