Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlist 2017

Congratulations to the authors shortlisted for this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award!

Here are the five shortlisted books:

Speaking on behalf of the judging panel, State Library of NSW Mitchell Librarian, Richard Neville, said: “None of these novels draws on familiar tropes of Australian literature yet each brings a distinctive pitch of truth and insight into the Australian experience. (They) explore the restorative power of love, the pernicious influence of the past on the present, the tragedy of the present avoiding the past, the challenge of unconventional identities, the interweaving of lives across communities, the devastation of grief, and the war zone that is the media, masculinity and a small country town.”

Neville is joined on the judging panel by The Australian journalist and columnist Murray Waldren, Sydney-based bookseller Lindy Jones, book critic Dr Melinda Harvey and Emeritus Professor Susan Sheridan.

The winner of the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award will be revealed in September. Find out more abut the Award, and this year’s shortlisted books, here.

To celebrate the shortlist, we’re pleased to offer a pack of all five shortlisted novels at the super special price of $115 (was $137.87). Please note, this offer is only available online.

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Their Brilliant Careers: The Fantastic Lives of Sixteen Extraordinary Australian Writers

Their Brilliant Careers: The Fantastic Lives of Sixteen Extraordinary Australian Writers

Ryan O'Neill

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 Read reviewAn Isolated Incident

An Isolated Incident

Emily Maguire

An Isolated Incident is a psychological thriller about everyday violence, the media's obsession with pretty dead girls, the grip of grief and the myth of closure, and the difficulties of knowing the difference between a ghost and...

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Extinctions

Extinctions

Josephine Wilson

Humorous, poignant and galvanising by turns, Extinctions is a novel about all kinds of extinction - natural, racial, national and personal - and what we can do to prevent them.

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Waiting

Waiting

Philip Salom

Big is a hefty cross-dresser and Little is little. Both are long used to the routines of boarding house life in the inner suburbs of Melbourne, but Little, with the prospect of an inheritance, is worrying Big with by indulging in...

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 Read reviewTheir Brilliant Careers: The Fantastic Lives of Sixteen Extraordinary Australian Writers

Their Brilliant Careers: The Fantastic Lives of Sixteen Extraordinary Australian Writers

Ryan O'Neill

Absurd, original and highly addictive ... In Their Brilliant Careers, Ryan O'Neill has written a hilarious novel in the guise of sixteen biographies of (invented) Australian writers. Meet Rachel Deverall, who discovered the...

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The Last Days of Ava Langdon

The Last Days of Ava Langdon

Mark O'Flynn

Ava Langdon is often not herself. Having fled her early life in New Zealand and endured the loss of her children, she now lives as a recluse in the Blue Mountains. Regarded by locals as a colourful eccentric, she dresses in men's...

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 Special priceThe Miles Franklin Literary Award 2017 shortlist pack

The Miles Franklin Literary Award 2017 shortlist pack

This pack contains all five books shortlisted for the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award

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