Cynthia has worked as a lawyer and a journalist. She has over a decade’s experience as a senior journalist working in the Canberra press gallery covering foreign policy and defence issues.
ANU School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) visitor and former PhD student Cynthia Banham has been shortlisted for the 2019 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards.
The Prime Minister’s Literary awards aim to celebrate Australian literary talent, including works created by gifted Australian authors, illustrators, creators and historians.
Cynthia’s book entitled “A Certain Light: A Memoir of Family, Loss and Hope” has been shortlisted in the non-fiction category and is her second published book. Her first book entitled “Liberal Democracies and the Torture of Their Citizens” was based on her doctoral thesis and was published in 2017.
“A Certain Light is a deeply literary memoir which lifts the genre to a higher level. Banham’s study of the complex responses to great life-shaping tragedies is revealing and inspiring” one PM judge commented.
“Surviving a horrific plane crash which leaves her severely and permanently disabled is, as it turns out, one of the many challenges in her life. More than a standard autobiography, this is an exposure of her inner self, as she re-examines her family through the prism of trauma and its lasting legacy,” the judge added.
For more information about Cynthia’s book, authors and the judges’ comments visit: www.arts.gov.au/pmla.