After a delay of about six days, the judges for the Stella Prize have online announced this year’s winner a few moments ago. Out of the six shortlisted titles, one now emerges as the winner of the $50,000 literary prize.
Stella Prize 2020 winner
See What You Made Me Do by Jess Hill
“See What You Made Me Do” is a non-fiction book about psychology and the ways in which abusers exert control in the darkest and most intimate of settings. The prose tries to dismantle the flawed logic of victim-blaming. The book was published by Black Inc.
Quoting Louise Swim, Chair of the 2020 Stella Judging Panel,
“Jess Hill is a journalist whose clarity of expression and thought are of the highest order. What she has done with her incredibly powerful book, See What You Made Me Do, is meticulously dismantle all of the lazy old lies we associate with domestic abuse. In scrutinising both cause and response from every angle, Hill addresses each question head-on – even the most challenging aspects. Using forensic investigation, and highlighting personal stories, this book does much more than draw attention to this crisis – it offers solutions for reform. The statistics are utterly horrifying, and Hill’s extraordinary call to action cannot be ignored.”
Jess Hill is an investigative journalist. She has been writing about domestic violence since many years now. Her reporting on the topic has also won her several awards.