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2 September 2015

Acclaimed Victorian author Helen Garner has won the 2015 Ned Kelly Award for This House of Grief – The Story of a Murder Trial.

The Ned Kelly Awards honour excellence in Australian crime writing. It is the second time Garner has taken the top prize, having won the Ned Kelly in 2005 for Joe Cinque's Consolation.

This House of Grief,  is a first-hand account of the investigation and trial of Robert Farquharson, who on Father's Day 2005 drove his car into a dam in country Victoria, killing his three sons.

Judges described it as compelling book in which Garner's 'observations about human nature, family, love and hate are always profound.'

Congratulations also to Jock Serong, from Port Fairy, who won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime Novel for Quota and Melbourne-based writer Andrea Gillum won the S.D Harvey Short Story Award for Short Term People.

Read the full list of winners and nominees