Shortlisted for the 2019 Stella Prize

Little Gods – Jenny Ackland

Fiction · Allen & Unwin

Little Gods

About the book

“Ackland has much insight and empathy to impart about the way we live.”

– 2019 Stella Prize Judges

About the author

Jenny Ackland

Jenny Ackland is a writer and teacher from Melbourne. She has worked in offices, sold textbooks in a university bookshop, taught English overseas and worked as a proofreader and freelance editor. Her short fiction has been published in literary magazines and listed in prizes and awards. Her debut novel The Secret Son – a “Ned Kelly-Gallipoli mash-up” about truth and history – was published in 2015. Little Gods is her second novel.

Further Reading


“…don’t let this quiet novel catch you unprepared: Little Gods might just crush your heart” Michelle McLaren, Newtown Review of Books

“Jenny Ackland’s second novel, Little Gods, couldn’t be mistaken for anything but an Australian book.” Hilary Simmons, Books+Publishing

“There is charm in the passing details of an Australian childhood recalled and in Olive there is a winning lead character, whom Ackland has been careful not to make too cute: in fact she has pulled off the risky trick of having Olive’s less tolerable qualities add to her appeal.”
Owen Richardson, Sydney Morning Herald

Judges’ report

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