Book Award, 2017
In 2016, we had a bumper crop of nominations for the
Australasian Journal on Ageing (AJA) Book Award – eight
books were nominated for the prize. In 2017, the number
of books nominated was even higher: 11 books.
Consequently, a panel of 11 reviewers was recruited to
assist with reading the books, rating them on a range of
criteria, choosing the winner and writing reviews for the
AJA. As in previous years, I coordinated the process.
Competition for the award was exceptionally strong this
year, with several worthy contenders for the prize. After
much discussion, the panel chose to nominate both a win-
ner and a highly commended contribution, respectively:
A Long Time Coming: Essays on Old Age. M. Joosten
Scribe Publications, Melbourne, 2016. ISBN (13)
9781925321371 (paperback). ISBN 9781925307504
Healthy Ageing and Aged Care. M. Bernoth and D.
Winkler (eds). Oxford University Press, Melbourne,
2016. ISBN 9780195597585 (paperback). ISBN
Sincere congratulations to Melanie Joosten, Associate Pro-
fessor Maree Bernoth, and Dr Denise Winkler for these
The winners of the AJA Book Award were announced at
the Annual General Meeting of the Australian Association
of Gerontology, held at their 50th Annual National Con-
ference in Perth in November 2017.
Each of the nominated books is usually reviewed in the
ﬁrst edition of the AJA following the announcement of the
Book Award results. This year, given the number of
entrants, the reviews will be published during 2018.
Reviews of the two winning books will be published in the
next edition of the AJA, but I would like to share some
comments from the panel about the books, as both are
departures from the usual recipients of the AJA Book
Melanie Joosten’s book is a collection of essays represent-
ing lay perspectives on ageing. The book was described by
its reviewers as very moving, and as breaking new ground
in the extent to which it incorporated an Indigenous Aus-
The textbook by Maree Bernoth and Denise Winkler was
seen as easy to navigate and one of the most successful and
accessible of its kind. It deals with key issues in ageing,
including difﬁcult and neglected topics such as intimate rela-
tionships, the experience of ageing among Indigenous Aus-
tralians or Maori, and older homeless people and prisoners.
The book reviews included in the current edition of the
AJA feature books by two well-known Australian research-
ers who each authored or edited three books nominated
for the 2017 award – Professors Hal Kendig and Nancy
Pachana. The contributions of these two leaders have been
enormous in Australia and internationally over many dec-
ades. The extent of their representation in the 2017 award
gives some indication of the calibre of books nominated
for the award and the difﬁculty the panel had in identifying
Finally, many thanks to the members of the panel who
assisted with the process of selecting the prize winner and
writing the reviews that appear in this edition (and later
editions) of the AJA.
Associate Editor, Book Reviews
Australasian Journal on Ageing, Vol 37 No 1 March 2018, 8
2018 AJA Inc.