It’s a busy week for longlists. The Miles Franklin Lliterary Award longlist has also been announced. The annual award was set up in 1954 through a bequest of My Brilliant Career author Stella Miles Franklin and is presented to the author of the novel of the highest literary merit which presents Australian life in any of its phases.
Miles Franklin Literary Award 2010 judge, Morag Fraser, said the blend of authors showed that new and award-winning writers continued to expand Australia’s understanding of its own culture. “The newcomers stand alongside some of the great names of Australian literature – writers who have helped define Australian culture and deepened our understanding of ourselves,” Professor Morag said in a statement. “For range and diversity, this is an outstanding Miles Franklin list.”
The 2010 short list will be announced in April, with the winner of the $42,000 prize to be announced at a dinner in Sydney on June 22.
The longlist was chosen from an original field of 50 books and includes:
- Alex Miller – Lovesong
- Brian Castro – The Bath Fugues
- Craig Silvey – Jasper Jones
- David Foster – Sons of the Rumour
- Deborah Foster – The Book of Emmett
- Glenda Guest – Siddon Rock
- Jon Doust – Boy on a Wire
- Patrick Allington – Figurehead
- Peter Carey – Parrot and Olivier in America
- Peter Temple – Truth
- Sonya Hartnett – Butterfly
- Thomas Keneally – The People’s Train