Shortlisted for the 2019 Stella Prize

Too Much Lip – Melissa Lucashenko

Fiction · UQP

Too Much Lip

About the book

“Too Much Lip reaffirms the power of family and the frayed ties that still bind.”

– 2019 Stella Prize Judges

Melissa Lucashenko

About the author

Melissa Lucashenko

Melissa Lucashenko is a multi-award winning Goorie writer. Her 2013 novel Mullumbimby was awarded the Deloitte Queensland Literary Award for Fiction, won the Victorian Premiers Prize for Indigenous Writing, and was longlisted for both the Stella Prize and Miles Franklin awards as well as the Dublin IMPAC Literary Prize. Melissa was awarded the 2016 CAL Fellowship to work on Too Much Lip.

Melissa is a Walkley Award winner for her non-fiction, as well as a founding member of the prisoner’s human rights group, Sisters Inside. She writes passionately about ordinary people and the extraordinary lives they lead.

Further Reading


“Until recently, white authors’ interpretations of blak lives were much more likely to be published than stories told by First Nations writers themselves. A novel like Too Much Lip is proof that the future lies with First Nations people telling stories about First Nations peoples and histories.” Karen Wyld, Sydney Review of Books

“Too Much Lip describes a family in perpetual crisis: fractured, addicted, abused and abusive, absent and broken. It is a challenge and a delight to read.” Amy Vuleta, Books+Publishing

“Too Much Lip…brilliantly showcases Lucashenko’s talent for constructing funny, fraught and powerful stories driven by complex characters and compelling, true-to-life dramas.”
George Delaney, Readings


Read ‘Lucashenko aims for the heart’, a portrait of Melissa Lucashenko by Maxine Beneba Clarke in The Saturday Paper

Read ‘Too Much Lip was a frightening book to write’, an interview with Melissa Lucashenko in the Sydney Morning Herald

Listen to an interview with Melissa Lucashenko on ABC Radio National

Judges’ report

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