2021 Miles Franklin Longlist

I know how you all love a list so here is a new one for you.

Today the longlist for the 2021 Miles Franklin Award was announced.

A literature award that was first awarded in 1957, it is presented each year to the novel “of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases.”

A first prize of AUD$60,000 makes the Miles Franklin Award one of the most sought after in Australia. The Award was established through the will of the author Miles Franklin (most well-known for the work “My Brilliant Career”).

The winner will be announced on 15 July 2021, with the shortlist to be announced on 16 June 2021.

Here is the 2021 longlist:

‘Amnesty’ by Aravind Adiga (Pan Macmillan Australia)

‘The Rain Heron’ by Robbie Arnott (Text Publishing)

‘At the Edge of the Solid World’ by Daniel Davis Wood (Brio)

‘Our Shadows’ by Gail Jones (Text Publishing)

‘Infinite Splendours’ by Sofie Laguna (Allen & Unwin)

‘The Labyrinth’ by Amanda Lohrey (Text Publishing)

‘The Animals in That Country’ by Laura Jean McKay (Scribe Publications)

‘Lucky’s’ by Andrew Pippos (Pan Macmillan Australia)

‘Stone Sky Gold Mountain’ by Mirandi Riwoe (University of Queensland Press)

‘The Fifth Season’ by Philip Salom (Transit Lounge)

‘Song of the Crocodile’ by Nardi Simpson (Hachette Australia)

‘The Inland Sea’ by Madeleine Watts (Pushkin Press)

Personally I will not be reading the long, nor the short, list of this award, after having many disappointing expeditions over the last few years, I have read one title from this list, it does not appear on my blog as it didn’t at all impress.

For more on the award visit https://www.perpetual.com.au/milesfranklin

2 thoughts on “2021 Miles Franklin Longlist

  1. Oh, no — that’s a bitter disappointment! I admit I say this selfishly, since I was hoping you’d at least take a look at *my* book, which I’m sure is more your type of thing, in its own way. It’s ill-served by its blurb in some respects, because the blurb makes the book sound a bit like straight-up Australian psychological realism, but that’s just a kernel from which the bulk of the book grows and sprawls, stylistically and in terms of its scope. It’s a European book, in a very European tradition, though it is partly set in Australia — and for that very reason I worry it’ll go misunderstood by readers who expect it to be a work of Aussie realism, and who don’t quite know how to handle books of its true pedigree. (I mean, lots of Australian stuff is in there, but so are the Highland Clearances and the conquest of the Celts and so on…) Anyway, if you’re ever of a mind to reconsider… well, let me just say that you might find more than expected in there. My real hope is that it’s a RofC contender, but that’s another wish for another year…

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    • Thank you for stopping by Daniel, you’ve convinced me to have a read. I’ll seek your book out at my appropriate independent bookseller. Best wishes with the shortlist (and winner) announcements.


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