The Vogel literary prize is awarded to an unpublished Australian author, under the age of 35. Previous recipients are Tim Winton and Kate Grenville and Danielle Wood so it’s very good company to be in. Part of the prize is publication of the book by Allen & Unwin, but in the past, that has always happened months after the announcement, by which time most people had forgotten about it. This year, the decision was made to have to book ready and available to purchase the day after the announcement; a much more sensible plan. This year the winner is The Roving Party by Rohan Wilson. It is set in Tasmania and sounds a little like The Secret River by Kate Grenville. I haven’t read it yet, so I may have that completely wrong, but you can try it for yourself. In store now. It is $28.