Book news this week is focussing on the shortlist for the Miles Franklin Award, Australia’s most prestigious literary award.
Anna Funder, author of All That I Am and Favel Parrett, author of Past The Shallows have two things in common. They are both first time novelists and they are both women writers. Gillian Mears is the third woman writer to be on the 2012 Shortlist, comprising of the best five literary works in the past year which have depicted Australian life. This trumps some past perceptions that the award has been focussing too much on male writers.
A mark of progressive times, judges explored for the first time how Australian life has been depicted in works through the metaphysical, including mindset, language, history and values.
The winner of the Miles Franklin Award recognises authors who depict Australian life in texts of high literary merit. The winner receives Australia’s most prestigious literary prize valued at $50,000. The award has been presented since 1957. Past winners have included notable Australian authors such as Kim Scott (2011), Peter Temple (2010), and Tim Winton (2009).
View the full 2012 shortlist here.
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