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Miles Franklin Literary Award Shortlist is&..

By April 29, 2010No Comments

The Trust has announced the six authors for the 2010 Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlist. The shortlist features some of Australia's most established literary names alongside new and emerging authors, each showcasing Australian character and creativity. In deciding on a shortlist of six, longer than usual, the judges have acknowledged the quality of the works offered this year, and also their extreme diversity. Their sheer quality, what Miles Franklin would have termed their 'literary merit', makes pigeonholing them impossible. Notions of genre could not contain them. Ideas about specific audience  is this young adult or adult fiction?  proved irrelevant. And in their exposition of Australian life 'in any of its phases', the six shortlisted writers gave the judges an exhilarating sense of just how bewilderingly varied those phases of Australian life could be. It has been a fascinating and challenging year. The 2010 Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlist is:
Lovesong by Alex Miller, The Bath Fugues by Brian Castro, Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey, The Book of Emmett by Deborah Forster, Truth by Peter Temple, and Butterfly by Sonya Hartnett. Congrats to all. And read what one of the shortlisted authors has to say to Kevin (our PM) about the award  it's a little controversial….. What do you think  is the award losing its relevance?