This year’s winner of the Miles Franklin Award goes to Evie Wyld for her novel All the Birds, Singing. This prize is awarded each year to a novel ‘of the highest literary merit’ and presents ‘Australian Life in any of its phases’ in accordance with Miles Franklin guidelines for the award.
Below are some of the comments made by Mr Richard Neville, librarian from the State Library of New South Wales on behalf of the judging panel.
- "All the Birds, Singing draw the reader into its rhythm and mystery, through wonderfully and beautifully crafted prose, whose deceptive sparseness combines powerfully with an ingenious structure to create a compelling narrative of alienation, decline and finally, perhaps, some form of redemption."
- "Flight from violence and abuse run through the core of the novel, yet never defeat its central character. All the Birds, Singing, an unusual but compelling novel, explores its themes with an unnervingly consistent clarity and confidence."
Jake Whyte lives on her own in an old farmhouse on a a craggy British island with a flock of sheep and a disobedient collie. Every few nights something or someone kills one of her sheep. As Jake's fear escalates her past threatens to break into the present that has been hidden thousands of miles away and years ago, a past that is responsible for the scars that stripe her back.
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