Australia’s biggest

This post was written by Friday blogger Annie Reid.

Andrew McGahan has won Australia’s Miles Franklin literary award for his novel, The White Earth. (Not out in the States until next January, alas.) It sounds right up my alley. Says the author:

“I wanted to write an entertaining, darkly gothic epic that had that old-time novel feel about it of impending doom…”

I know the feeling. The Miles award itself, started by the author of My Brilliant Career, has been plagued by some interesting controversy itself over the years. The award, intended to recognize the best literary work that represents Australian life “in all its phases”, has prov0ked many debates on what makes a work representatively Australian. In the past, books by Australian authors have been disqualified for being “insufficiently Australian”, including The Year of Living Dangerously, set in Indonesia.


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