The 2019 Miles Franklin longlist has been announced.
‘The 2019 Miles Franklin longlist yet again highlights a mixture of new and established writers. It showcases ten of the most vibrant voices of Australian fiction speaking to us of lives facing, or having endured, some version of extremity. Angry, funny, contemplative and urgent, these voices—which include a galah—explore personal, historical and ecological loss, cultural inheritances and disenfranchisement, and the fraught bonds of friendships, families and communities,’ said State Library of NSW Mitchell Librarian Richard Neville, speaking on behalf of the judging panel.
The Miles Franklin Literary Award, worth $60,000, is Australia’s most prestigious literature prize. Established through the will of My Brilliant Career author, Miles Franklin, the prize is awarded each year to a novel which is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases. First presented in 1957, the Award helps to support authors and to foster uniquely Australian literature. The shortlist for the Miles Franklin Award will be announced on July 2 and the winner on July 30.
The longlisted titles are:
– The Lebs (Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Hachette)
– Flames (Robbie Arnott, Text)
– Boy Swallows Universe (Trent Dalton, Fourth Estate)
– A Sand Archive (Gregory Day, Picador)
– Inappropriation (Lexi Freiman, A&U)
– A Stolen Season (Rodney Hall, Picador)
– The Death of Noah Glass (Gail Jones, Text)
– Too Much Lip (Melissa Lucashenko, UQP)
– Dyschronia (Jennifer Mills, Picador)
– The Lucky Galah (Tracy Sorensen, Picador).
Feature image credit: Perpetual.