The most prestigious literary award, Miles Franklin, has announced it longlist. The longlisted 10 titles areas following and you can reserve a copy on City of Parramatta Libraries.
This year’s longlist, again, showcases the diversity of writers, of its fiction genres, and the capacity in reflecting what is very unique to Australia, but at the same time it is also very universal in contents.
- The Lebs (Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Hachette) – A book about a Lebanese boy grows in Western Sydney
- Flames (Robbie Arnott, Text) – – A new trilogy set in the Hidden Legacy world, where magic means power, and family bloodlines are the new currency of society…
- Boy Swallows Universe (Trent Dalton, Fourth Estate) – already a winner of some awards, it is a book sets in Brisbane, 1985: A lost father, a mute brother, a junkie mum, a heroin dealer for a stepfather and a notorious crim for a babysitter.
- A Sand Archive (Gregory Day, Picador) – stories of Australia’s Great Ocean Road, a young writer stumbles across a manual from a minor player in the road’s history, FB Herschell.
- Inappropriation (Lexi Freiman, A&U) – a prestigious private Australian girls’ school, fifteen-year-old Ziggy Klein is confronted with an alienating social hierarchy that hurls her into the arms of her grade’s most radical feminists.
- A Stolen Season (Rodney Hall, Picador) – Adam’s life has been ruined by war… A veteran of the Iraq conflict who has suffered such extensive bodily trauma that he can only really survive by means of a mechanical skeleton.
- The Death of Noah Glass (Gail Jones, Text) – The art historian Noah Glass, having just returned from a trip to Sicily, is discovered floating face down in the swimming pool at his Sydney apartment block.
- Too Much Lip (Melissa Lucashenko, UQP) – A dark and funny new novel from the multi-award-winning author of Mullumbimby.
- Dyschronia (Jennifer Mills, Picador) – A small town. And the end of the world as we know it…One morning, the residents of a small coastal town somewhere in Australia wake to discover the sea has disappeared.
- The Lucky Galah (Tracy Sorensen, Picador) – It’s 1969 and a remote coastal town in Western Australia is poised to play a pivotal part in the moon landing.