The Miles Franklin Award – Winner Announced

The Miles Franklin Award – Winner Announced

The winning author of The Miles Franklin Literary Award, Australia’s most highly anticipated literary award, has been announced in Melbourne tonight.

And the winner is … Sofie Laguna for The Eye of the Sheep, a compelling novel about a poor family struggling to cope with a difficult child. Congratulations Sofie Laguna!

Better Reading has compiled a list of all the previous winners of the award since 1957. See the full list here.

And you can see the 2015 shortlist here and the 2015 longlist here.

The Miles Franklin Literary Award, first awarded in 1957 to Patrick White for Voss, was established through the will of My Brilliant Career author, Miles Franklin. The award aims to be true to the terms of Franklin’s will – awarding the highest literary merit and presenting ‘Australian life in any of its phases…’

This year’s judging panel includes State Library of NSW Mitchell Librarian, Richard Neville; journalist and columnist, Murray Waldren; Sydney bookseller, Lindy Jones; biographer and book historian, Craig Munro; and Emeritus Professor, Susan Sheridan.

The winner of the 2015 Award wins $60,000

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            Publisher details

            The Eye of the Sheep
            Author
            Sofie Laguna
            Publisher
            Allen & Unwin
            Genre
            Fiction
            Released
            01 July, 2014
            ISBN
            9781743319598

            Synopsis

            Ned was beside me, his messages running easily through him, with space between each one, coming through him like water. He was the go-between, going between the animal kingdom and this one. I watched the waves as they rolled and crashed towards us, one after another, never stopping, always changing. I knew what was making them come, I had been there and I would always know.Meet Jimmy Flick. He's not like other kids - he's both too fast and too slow. He sees too much, and too little. Jimmy's mother Paula is the only one who can manage him. She teaches him how to count sheep so that he can fall asleep. She holds him tight enough to stop his cells spinning. It is only Paula who can keep Jimmy out of his father's way. But when Jimmy's world falls apart, he has to navigate the unfathomable world on his own, and make things right.Sofie Laguna's first novel One Foot Wrong received rave reviews, sold all over the world and was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Award. In The Eye of the Sheep, her great originality and talent will again amaze and move readers. In the tradition of Room and The Lovely Bones, here is a surprising and brilliant novel from one of our finest writers.
            Sofie Laguna
            About the author

            Sofie Laguna

            Sofie Laguna originally studied to be a lawyer, but after deciding law was not for her, she trained as an actor. Sofie is now an author, actor and playwright. Her books for young people have been named Honour Books and Notable Books in the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards and have been shortlisted in the Queensland Premier's Awards. She has been published in the US and the UK and in translation in Europe and Asia. Sofie's first novel for adults, One Foot Wrong, was also published throughout Europe, the United States and the United Kingdom. Sofie has written the screenplay for the film of One Foot Wrong, scheduled for pre-production in 2014.

            Books by Sofie Laguna

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