The Miles Franklin Literary award is Australia's most renowned and respected literature prize.
It's origins began in 1957, when the award was established through the will of Australian author
Miles Franklin. Miles Franklin was best known for her debut novel, My Brilliant Career.
This years shortlist included-
Hope Farm by Peggy Frew
Salt Creek by Lucy Treloar
The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood
Leap by Myfanwy Jones
This year the prestigious prize was awarded to Melbourne writer A.S Patric for his debut novel
Black Rock White City
Black Rock White City is a powerful debut novel from A.S Patric. The book tells the story of two Serbian refugees, Jovan and Suzana. They now reside in Melbourne having fled from their war torn country.
Jovan's cleaning work at a bayside hospital in Melbourne is disrupted by acts of graffiti and violence, becoming increasingly malevolent. For Jovan, the mysterious words that must be cleaned away dislodge the poetry of the past.
This is the story of two refugees as they try to reclaim their dreams, and explores the immigrant experience in Australia's suburbs. This beautiful,distressing novel is about tragedy, and what happens in relationships while people try to heal.
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