Posted by: Lisa Hill | April 16, 2009

Miles Franklin Shortlist 2009

Miles Franklin c1940 (Source: Wikipedia)

Alas, I had not yet read most of the books when the Miles Franklin Shortlist was announced, but they were all on the TBR, and I am belatedly working my way through them and will update links to my reviews as I finish them (updated 2.5.09 and again 6.4.12, see links below).

The Pages by Murray Bail (previous winner, with Eucalyptus in 1999), see my review.
Wanting by Richard Flanagan, see my review.
Ice: A Love Story by Louis Nowra, see my review.
The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas, see my review.
Breath by Tim Winton (previous winner, with Dirt Music in 2000, Cloudstreet  in 1992 and Shallows in 1984). See my review.

According to the ABC News report, the judges say that all of them in some way ‘scutinise extreme behaviour’.    Well. that’s not the criteria I used when I predicted 4 of the 5 in our ANZLL discussions, but obviously I’m not too bad at second-guessing the judges!

I had read some of the titles from the longlist which missed out: Addition by Toni Jordan, (which I journalled last May before starting this blog in July); Fugitive Blue by Claire Thomas, (see my review) and A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz (see my review).  One Foot Wrong by Sofie Laguna (see my review) is on our ANZLL schedule for 2009 (which just goes to show how discerning we are in our nominations, eh?  and The Devil’s Eye by Ian Townsend has been getting rave reviews from ANZLL members so these are treats in store.

Stella Miles Franklin: A BiographyAnd so is the biography Stella Miles Franklin: A Biography, by Jill Roe, which has been on my TBR for too long.  I’d really like to have it read by the time this year’s winner is announced on June 18th. (Update: I did, it’s a wonderful book, see my review)

The Pages Wanting Ice: A Love Story The Slap Breath


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