Sri Lankan-born Sydney author Michelle de Kretser has won the $15,000 fiction and $25,000 Premier's Prize for Questions of Travel at the WA Premier's Book Awards.
"I am overjoyed that so many people have responded so positively to my book," De Kretser, who is in France and could not be at last night's awards ceremony, said.
Head judge Rose Lucas said the novel, which won the Miles Franklin award this year, gripped the panel.
"Its skilful plotting, eloquent prose and urgent contemporary issues of migration, travel and asylum made it a clear and important winner," she said.
Now in its 30th year, the awards attracted 507 entries.
Culture and the Arts Minister John Day acknowledged the important contributions to cultural life of the 10 category winners.
"Australian authors should feel proud of producing an enduring legacy that can be revisited," he said.
Only two WA authors won. Kurlumarniny: We Come From The Desert, by a now deceased Aboriginal author, was awarded $10,000 in the WA History category.
Ingle Knight took out the $10,000 Scripts award for The Fremantle Candidate._The West Australian's _$5000 People's Choice Award went to Deborah Forster for The Meaning Of Grace.