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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.

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