Miles Franklin Award 2014 Longlist
Earlier today Miles Franklin Literary Award’s Trust Company announced the longlist for this year’s award. As usual, it includes the full gamut – expected titles, along some surprise inclusions and omissions. One of the interesting exclusions would have to be, I think, Christos Tsiolkas’ Barracuda (my review). It certainly deals with “Australian life in any of its phases” but, like most of Tsiolkas’ work, it has strong supporters and just as strong critics.
Expected inclusions would be Flanagan’s The narrow road to the true north, which I’m hearing is many people’s favourite for the award, Winton’s Eyrie and Wright’s The swan book. These three are all on my current TBR pile. Indeed, my reading group is doing Eyrie this month, but unfortunately I’m missing that meeting. I’m thrilled to see Wyld’s All the birds singing in the list, and Lucashenko’s Mullumbimby, which is also in my sights as I’ve not read it but have read a short story drawn from it (my review). I’ve been reading a bit about McGregor’s The night guest lately in my role as Lit Classic reporter for the Australian Women Writers’ Challenge so am happy to see it here. And I have heard good things about the novels by Farr, Hay and Taylor. I must admit, though, that I’ve not heard of Rothwell’s Belomar and Shearston’s Game, so must check those out.
Anyhow, here is the long list (in alphabetical order by author) – an unusual number of 11!
- Tracy Farr, The life And loves of Lena Gaunt
- Richard Flanagan, The narrow road to the deep north
- Ashley Hay, The railwayman’s wife
- Melissa Lucashenko, Mullumbimby
- Fiona McFarlane, The night guest
- Nicolas Rothwell, Belomor
- Trevor Shearston, Game
- Cory Taylor, My beautiful enemy
- Tim Winton, Eyrie
- Alexis Wright, The swan book
- Evie Wyld, All the birds singing (my review)
The prize is currently worth $60,000. The shortlist will be announced at the State Library of NSW on May 15, with the winner being announced on June 26. Meanwhile, congratulations to the long listed authors – and good luck to them for the next round.