Since its publication in March 2002, this text won: The Age Book of the Year and Best Non-fiction book, The Courier-Mail Book of the Year and the National Biography Award.
Winner of Colin Roderick Award 2002.
Winner of Courier-Mail Book of the Year Award 2002.
Winner of Age Book of the Year: Non-fiction 2002.
Shortlisted for NSW Premier's Literary Award Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction 2003.
Shortlisted for Nielsen BookData/ABA Book of the Year Award 2002.
Shortlisted for Queensland Premier's Literary Awards: Best History Book 2002.