Posted by: Lisa Hill | May 29, 2016

2016 Miles Franklin Literary Award Shortlist

The Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlist was announced today … here they are in the order they were tweeted. Tip: do not waste your time following the official Twitterfeed … it’s 12.18 now and The Guardian has already posted an article about the shortlist but the official MF Twitter page is still proudly telling us that the announcement will be made shortly, a tweet posted two hours ago.

And for reference, this is the original longlist.  If you read my reviews of the books that didn’t make the shortlist, you will understand my disappointment that some of the best books were not included.

Congratulations to all the authors, editors and publishers!

The winner will be announced in June #Update 30/5/16 on August 26th on the Opening Night of the Melbourne Writers Festival.   Assuming, *shrug* that their announcement late yesterday on Twitter is correct, and the official information is incorrect on the Miles Franklin key dates web page at Perpetual (viewed today 30/5/16 at 10.45AM).

PS (later the same day) Readings has a special offer if you buy all five of the shortlist.


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  1. That’d be right. the only two I’ve read aren’t in the shortlist. Since they are the only two I’ve read I guess I can’t comment but I did love The hands, in particular. I must read Wood before the announcement. It must surely be the front-runner.

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  2. I’m disappointed for Stephen Orr. I’m sure the others are good too.

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    • I am too, The Hands is a very fine book that will stand the test of time.

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  3. I’ve only read two of the shortlist (Frew and Wood) but looking forward to the others – have heard consistently good things about the Jones and Treloar but must say that after reading your review, Black Rock White City intrigues me most.

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    • I think of it every time I drive past the Sandringham Hospital! (Which I do often, because it’s on the way to a friend’s place).

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  4. Have just ordered Black Rock White City on the strength of your review.

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    • That’s great – I’ll be really interested to see how the novel travels with an international audience:)

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      • At my pace of reading it will probably be next decade before I get around to reading it

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  5. I haven’t read them all but I’m astonished Stephen Daisley didn’t make the shortlist.

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    • Me too. New Zealand got it right and awarded him the Ockham Prize. A bit like Richard Flanagan – overlooked at home, but winning prizes elsewhere?
      It makes you wonder what a writer has to do when authors like Daisley, Orr and Birch get overlooked.

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  6. Too early for a backlash prize for the male writers who are being unfairly overlooked? ;)

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    • Well, it is starting to look a bit ridiculous…

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  7. I can’t believe the Frew is on there… But pleased for Charlotte Wood. I can’t get the Myfanwy Jones book but my dad kindly sent the Treloar and I’ve got the Patric in my TBR.

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    • I can’t wait to see what you think of them!

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  8. […] In the meantime, check out Lisa’s reviews, which she has listed here. […]

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  9. And so what is your pick for the win Lisa? I’ve only read Charlotte Wood so far.

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    • I’m too flummoxed to pick a winner. I still can’t quite believe that they haven’t included even one of the three men with outstanding books i.e. Daisley, Orr and Birch.

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  10. […] The shortlisted novels and the original longlist, and my reviews of all of them can be found here. […]

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