Tuesday, 16 March 2010
'Range and diversity': Miles Franklin 2010 longlist announced
The titles longlisted for this year's Miles Franklin Literary Award have been announced.
The longlisted titles are:
- Lovesong (Alex Miller, A&U)
- The Bath Fugues (Brian Castro, Giramondo Publishing)
- Jasper Jones (Craig Silvey, A&U)
- Sons of the Rumour (David Foster, Picador)
- The Book of Emmett (Deborah Forster, Vintage)
- Siddon Rock (Glenda Guest, Vintage)
- Boy on a Wire (Jon Doust, Fremantle Press)
- Figurehead (Patrick Allington, Black Inc.)
- Parrot and Olivier in America (Peter Carey, Hamish Hamilton)
- Truth (Peter Temple, Text Publishing)
- Butterfly (Sonya Hartnett, Penguin)
- The People's Train (Thomas Keneally, Knopf).
This year's judging panel was made up of Morag Fraser, Richard Neville, Gillian Whitlock, Lesley McKay and Murray Waldren. Said Fraser: ‘It is exciting to discover new voices, and even more so when they are as accomplished and challenging as the debut authors on this year's Miles Franklin longlist. The newcomers stand alongside some of the great names of Australian literature, writers who have helped define Australian culture and deepen our understanding of ourselves. For range and diversity, this is an outstanding Miles Franklin list.'
Deborah Foster, Glenda Guest and Patrick Allington have all been nominated for debut novels; Alex Miller, Thomas Keneally, Peter Carey and David Foster have all previously won the award.
The award shortlist will be announced in April, with the winner to be awarded at a presentation dinner on 22 June.
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