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