|Notes||The award ceremony was held on 31 October 1985.|
The shortlisted authors were:
Keri Hulme with the winning novel 'The Bone People', published by Hodder & Stoughton,
Peter Carey with 'Illywhacker', published by Faber & Faber,
J. L. Carr with 'The Battle of Pollocks Crossing', published by Viking,
Doris Lessing with 'The Good Terrorist', published by Cape,
Jan Morris with 'Last Letters from Hav', published by Viking, and
Iris Murdoch with 'The Good Apprentice', published by Chatto & Windus.
The Judges were Norman St John-Stevas (Chair), Nina Bawden, J. W. Lambert, Joanna Lumley, and Marina Warner.