Evie Wyld for All the Birds, Singing.
The Miles Franklin Award is presented each year to a novel which is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases.
The Miles Franklin was first awarded in 1957. Since then, the annual announcement of the winner has become an event anticipated and discussed throughout Australia and around the world.
Read more about the 2014 winner…
Book news this week is focussing on the shortlist for the Miles Franklin Award, Australia’s most prestigious literary award.
Disturbing, Compelling and Confronting.
When I first picked it up, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from Room. The cover, with its year 4 student-like illustration, made it seem like a secondary school reader. But the comments, plastered on both sides of both covers, as well as on the title page ( making it 6 pages of quote-tastic praise) made it seem otherwise. “Deeply deeply disturbing” wrote A.N. Wilson. “This book will break your heart” claims the Irish Times. “Gut-wrenchingly compassionate” writes the Daily Mail. I knew this was a book I had to read.