Australia’s most prestigious literary prize, the Miles Franklin award, recognises stories of women, outsiders, ageing and satire for a $60,000 award.
The 2017 Miles Franklin literary award has announced five first-time nominees for its shortlist.
Established in 1957 by the estate of My Brilliant Career author Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin, the Miles Franklin award honours a novel which reflects “Australian life in any of its phases”.
Here are the shortlisted candidates for Australia’s grandest literary prize. Read the judges’ comments along with the books listed:
An Isolated Incident , by Emily Maguire (Pan Macmillan Australia) An intriguing exploration of two women, a murder, and media and masculinity set in a tough regional town.
- The Last Days of Ava Langdon , by Mark O’Flynn (University of Queensland Press) A warmly empathetic portrayal of a misunderstood but spirited outsider who refuses to concede to society’s conventional expectations.
- Their Brilliant Careers , by Ryan O’Neill (Black Inc) A rich and entertaining satire featuring 15 biographies of imagined Australian writers whose bizarre and exaggerated lives are neatly slotted into real literary history.
- Waiting , by Philip Salom (Puncher & Wattmann) A deftly executed and very human novel about a pair of odd couples, who are both waiting for something or someone to change their lives. Extinctions , by Josephine Wilson (UWA Publishing)
A clever and compassionate novel exploring ageing, adoption, grief and remorse; rescue and resistance to rescue.The winner of the $60,000 award will be announced on 7 September at the State Library of NSW.