The winner of the 2019 Stella Prize is Vicki Laveau-Harvie for her gripping memoir, The Erratics.
The prize was awarded Tuesday 9 April at Arts Centre Melbourne. Vicki receives $50,000, sponsored this year by National Australia Bank.
“Set against the bitter cold of a Canadian winter, Vicki Laveau-Harvie’s The Erratics mines the psychological damage wrought on a nuclear family by a monstrous personality. Despite the dark subject matter, this book has a smile at its core, and Laveau-Harvie shows constant wit when depicting some harrowing times. The narrator somehow manages to see all viewpoints, and we are rewarded with an evocative and expansive view of a family that has more than its fair share of dysfunction. The writing throughout is of a consistently high standard and we were constantly delighted by this surprise of a book.”