Mateship with Birds is a tender, witty novel of young lust and mature love. The chair of judges for the Stella Prize, Kerryn Goldsworthy, called it:

A triumph of noticing and, having noticed, of carefully, meticulously assembling the things that have been noticed into a novel that shows . . . a conviction that every detail is in some way connected and that the connections have meaning.

If you're thinking about reading it or you already have, then have a look at this brilliant reading group pack compiled by Robyn Sheahan Bright at Picador Australia. We'd love to hear what you think in the comments below, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

Find out more about the Stella Prize and listen to Carrie's acceptance speech here.

Mateship with Birds has also been recognised by several other award panels

Winner of the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction (New South Wales's Premier's Literary Awards)

Shortlisted for the Guardian prize

Shortlisted for the Orange prize

Shortlisted for Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards

Longlisted for 2013 Women’s Fiction prize

Shortlisted for the extremely prestigious Miles Franklin Award, Australia’s biggest literary prize

Shortlisted for the 2012 Encore Award