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Amanda Lohrey wins 2021 Miles Franklin Award

Amanda Lohrey wins 2021 Miles Franklin Award

Tasmanian author Amanda Lohrey has been awarded the 2021 Miles Franklin Literary Prize for her novel The Labyrinth, published by Text Publishing. The win makes her the second Tasmanian to win the award in its 64-year history.

Begun in 1957, the Miles Franklin award, established after the death of author Miles Franklin, aims to award a novel of literary merit that reflects Australian life. Last year's winner was Melissa Lucashenko for Too Much Lip.

Upon awarding The Labyrinth, the judges praised the book as 'a beautifully written reflection on the conflicts between parents and children, men and women, and the value and purpose of creative work.' 

The Labyrinth follows hotel receptionist Erica Marsden as she moves from Sydney to a coastal NSW to be closer to her mentally ill son Daniel in prison. While looking for a house to buy, she suddenly has a dream which implores her to build a labyrinth - a mission which quickly becomes an obsession for Erica.

Lohrey has previously been shortlisted in the Miles Franklin in 1996 for Camille's Bread, and longlisted in 2005 for The Philosopher's Doll. She also won the Patrick White award in 2012. Across her writing career she has written eight novels and a number of essays and short stories.