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Miles Franklin Award 2020: Shortlist Announced

7/08/2020 2:06 PM
Miles Franklin Award 2020: Shortlist Announced

The shortlist for the 2020 Miles Franklin Award has been announced, and features a range of talented Australian authors and captivating novels.

The shortlist is particularly strong this year, with many of the shortlisted authors having been listed previously. Peggy Frew was shortlisted in 2016, and Phillip Salom in 2017. Carrie Tiffany was shortlisted twice, in 2006 and 2013, and Tony Birch has been both shortlisted and longlisted respectively in 2012 and 2016.

Birch has said he feels honoured to be shortlisted. His novel, The White Girl, is set in the 1960s and focuses on the government’s forced removal of Indigenous children.

Another shortlisted novel, The Yield by Tara June Winch, also tells the stories of Indigenous Australians. The Yield won Book of the Year, People’s Choice and the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction at the 2020 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. 

Both Birch and Winch’s novels have been in high demand over the last few weeks as Black Lives Matter protests sweep across the globe.

The judging panel this year consists of State Library of NSW’s Mitchell Librarian, Richard Neville, journalist Murray Waldren, academic Dr Melinda Harvey, bookseller Lindy Jones and author and critic, Dr Bernadette Brennan.

‘The books on this year’s shortlist, … all explore the effects of trauma. From familial stories of neglect and abuse to the national story of racial and cultural dispossession, these novels demonstrate powerfully how past trauma continues to inform the present,’ said Mr. Neville of the shortlisted novels.

Established in 1957, the $60,000 prize is now in its 63rd year. It was established through the will of Miles Franklin.

The award goes to a novel that is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases.

The winner will be announced on July 16th.


See the full shortlist here:

Islands, Peggy Frew                        Buy | Borrow

No One, John Hughes                      Buy | Borrow

Exploded View, Carrie Tiffany          Buy | Borrow

The Yield, Tara June Winch              Buy | Borrow

The White Girl, Tony Birch                Buy | Borrow | Read the Article

The Returns, Philip Salom                Buy | Borrow | Read the Article