Mr Big of Bankstown: The Scandalous Fitzpatrick and Browne Affair by Andrew Moore has been shortlisted for the New South Wales Community and Regional History Prize in the 2012 NSW Premier's History Awards.
Mr Big of Bankstown documents one of the most extraordinary legal cases in Australia's history: in an unprecedented use of parliamentary privilege, Bankstown businessman Ray Fitzpatrick and journalist Frank Browne were imprisoned solely on a vote of the House of Representatives - without charge, trial or legal representation - after making unsubstantiated and erroneous claims about local MP Charles Morgan.
Hundreds of nominations for the 2012 NSW Premier's Literary and History Awards were considered for nine literary awards and five history awards, with a collective value of up to $360,000 in prize money.
According to NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell: "These Awards celebrate and honour the achievements of our writers and historians, and contribute to an environment that encourages everyone to enjoy and learn from these works."
The winners for the 2012 Premier's Literary and History Awards will be announced together at the State Library of NSW on 30 November.
Find out more about the NSW Premier's Literary and History Awards at http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/about/awards/premiers_awards/index.html
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