2019 Miles Franklin Literary Award Winner Announced: Congratulations to Melissa Lucashenko for Too Much Lip.

2019 Miles Franklin Literary Award Winner Announced: Congratulations to Melissa Lucashenko for Too Much Lip.

Australia’s most prestigious literary award, the Miles Franklin, has been awarded to acclaimed Indigenous novelist Melissa Lucashenko for Too Much Lip.

Published by University of Queensland Press, Too Much Lip lays open the wounds of generational trauma and the restorative power of country, culture and belonging.

The Miles Franklin Literary Award recognises the novel of “the highest literary merit” which presents “Australian life in any of its phases”. It was established through the will of My Brilliant Career author Miles Franklin for the “advancement, improvement and betterment of Australian literature”. Since 1957, the award has provided more than $1.2 million to Australian authors.

Ms Lucashenko will receive $60,000 in prize money.

Lucashenko’s work was chosen from a shortlist featuring a mix of emerging and established writers including:

  • Rodney Hall for A Stolen Season
  • Gail Jones for The Death of Noah Glass
  • Michael Mohammed Ahmad for The Lebs
  • Gregory Day for A Sand Archive
  • Jennifer Mills for Dyschronia. 

Ms Lucashenko, who has also been previously longlisted for the Miles Franklin, said of her win: “It’s kind of terrifying. I only recently realised that I could be doing so much more in my writing and now this goes and happens. I have no idea what to do next, other than keep plugging away at my civilising mission to mainstream Australia.”

Chair of the judging panel, State Library of NSW’s Mitchell Librarian, Richard Neville said, “Too Much Lip is driven by personal experience, historical injustice, anger and what in Indigenous vernacular could be described as ‘deadly Blak’ humour. Lucashenko weaves a (sometimes) fabulous tale with the very real politics of cultural survival to offer a story of hope and redemption for all Australians.”

For further information about the Miles Franklin Literary Award, visit the website.

 

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                      Synopsis

                      A dark and funny new novel from the multi-award-winning author of Mullumbimby.Too much lip, her old problem from way back. And the older she got, the harder it seemed to get to swallow her opinions. The avalanche of bullshit in the world would drown her if she let it; the least she could do was raise her voice in anger.Wise-cracking Kerry Salter has spent a lifetime avoiding two things – her hometown and prison. But now her Pop is dying and she’s an inch away from the lockup, so she heads south on a stolen Harley.Kerry plans to spend twenty-four hours, tops, over the border. She quickly discovers, though, that Bundjalung country has a funny way of grabbing on to people. Old family wounds open as the Salters fight to stop the development of their beloved river. And the unexpected arrival on the scene of a good-looking dugai fella intent on loving her up only adds more trouble – but then trouble is Kerry’s middle name.Gritty and darkly hilarious, Too Much Lip offers redemption and forgiveness where none seems possible.
                      Melissa Lucashenko
                      About the author

                      Melissa Lucashenko

                      Melissa Lucashenko is a Goorie author of Bundjalung and European heritage. She has been publishing books with UQP since 1997, with her first novel, Steam Pigs, winning the Dobbie Literary Award and shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and regional Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Hard Yards (1999) was shortlisted for the Courier-Mail Book of the Year and the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, and Mullumbimby (2013) won the Queensland Literary Award and was longlisted for the Stella Prize, the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Kibble Literary Award. She has also written two novels for teenagers, Killing Darcy (UQP, 1998) and Too Flash (IAD Press, 2002). In 2013 Melissa won the inaugural long-form Walkley Award for her Griffith REVIEW essay ‘Sinking Below Sight: Down and Out in Brisbane and Logan’.

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