THE latest book from Arnold Zable, The Fighter, based on the extraordinary life of Australian Jewish boxing legend Henry Nissen, has been shortlisted for the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards in the non-fiction category.
The awards cover five categories – fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry and writing for young adults. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on January 31 and will each receive $25,000 and go on to contest the Victorian Prize for Literature.
The Fighter was published by Text in May and is based on the life of legendary former champion boxer Nissen, who was born in 1948 in a refugee centre outside the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany.
Nissen came to Melbourne when he was one year old with his family, including his twin brother, former Australian amateur flyweight champion boxer Leon.
Nissen went on to represent Australia in boxing and was inducted into the Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame. Today he works on the Melbourne docks and as a youth social worker.
Zable has written 10 books including Café Scheherazade, The Fig Tree and Jewels and Ashes.
REPORT by Danny Gocs