I wasn’t going to mention the Miles Franklin Literary Award longlist announced earlier in the week (and already covered by Sue at Whispering Gums and Lisa at ANZLitLovers) because I had already decided I would give myself a year off from reading the shortlist in its entirety.
I’ve just come off the back of reading all the books on the Stella Prize shortlist and I’m fast running out of time to read everything on the Kerry Group Novel of the Year shortlist as I had planned. I’m feeling much more inclined to just read books on a whim and to whittle down my TBR via my TBR40 project and Cathy’s 20 Books of Summer challenge because I’ve got plenty of other stuff taking up all my free time at the moment.
Anyway, that all said, I realise some of you may want to know what’s on the list, so for the sake of putting it on the record, here are the 10 titles vying for the $60,000 prize:
- Michael Mohammed Ahmad’s The Lebs (Hachette Australia)
- Robbie Arnott’s Flames (Text Publishing)
- Trent Dalton’s Boy Swallows Universe (HarperCollins Publishers)
- Gregory Day’s A Sand Archive (Picador Australia)
- Lexi Freiman’s Inappropriation (Allen & Unwin)
- Rodney Hall’s A Stolen Season (Picador Australia)
- Gail Jones’ The Death of Noah Glass (Text Publishing)
- Melissa Lucashenko’s Too Much Lip (The University of Queensland Press)
- Jennifer Mills’ Dyschronia (Picador Australia)
- Tracy Sorensen’s The Lucky Galah (Picador Australia)
A good year for Picador Australia, by the looks of it, with four titles on the list!
Funnily enough, I have several of these books already on my TBR — The Lebs, Flames, Boy Swallows Universe and The Death of Noah Glass — so I may get around to reading them over the summer regardless. There’s a couple that are new-to-me names (Lexi Freiman and Gregory Day), so I may well hunt those out at some point purely out of interest.
The only one I have read is Melissa Lucashenko’s Too Much Lip because it was also on the Stella Prize shortlist.
The Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlist will be announced on 2 July and the winner named on 30 July. You can find out more via the official website.