Posted by: Lisa Hill | May 23, 2018

2018 Miles Franklin Award longlist

Here it is, and it’s a beauty!

2018 longlist:

The shortlist will be announced on June 17th.

Congratulations to all the authors, editors and publishers!


  1. I’ve read two: The Crying Place and The Life to Come. Out of the two, I’d prefer The Crying Place. I reviewed both. A couple of others have been sitting on my pile for a while now.

    • Great, I’ve been wondering about The Crying Place (and how it passed me by).
      If I could please have the URL of your review I’ll link to it from here:)

      • Thanks Lisa. It was a long time ago that I read it and it caught me by surprise seeing it pop up now for an award. It’s a novel that I feel was somewhat overlooked at its time of publication. We didn’t get many reviews on it through AWW either, but it really is well worth the read.

        • That’s a beautiful review, Theresa, thank you:)
          I couldn’t comment there, to express my appreciation, is that intentional, to disable comments?
          What I wanted to ask, given that, from what you say of its content, (“many things I thought I understood about Aboriginal culture turned out to be not the case, and I now feel richer for the newfound knowledge”) there are going to be questions about appropriation – did you think that’s potentially an issue?

          • Thank you Lisa. I had the comments turned off for a little while last year because spam comments were getting through. It doesn’t seem to be an issue anymore since I’ve turned them back on but there will be posts from last year like that. I should probably go back and switch them back on!
            In answer to your question, I’m trying to think back to the book, but I’m pretty sure there was info in the author notes that indicated authenticity. From memory, Lia went on the journey that was in the book and consulted extensively with Aboriginals along the way. I’m curious now to dig it out and take a look at the end notes again. In my view, which doesn’t really count for much in the scheme of any debate, it’s potentially an issue but I don’t think it’s justified if she has immersed herself into experiences and undertaken extensive primary research. There’s an element of permission associated with that, I believe. It will be interesting to see though if this is raised. I’m 98% sure her end notes indicated Aboriginal support and permission.

          • I knew there was an article I had read written by Lia after the book’s release. I’ll include the link here for you in case anyone else is interested also. In it Lia talks about her original journey undertaken whilst writing her first draft as well as the second journey with the book in hand heading to the NT Writer’s Festival. I think she has a good argument for those who accuse her of anything. She’s done a lot to ensure authenticity.

            • I have to admit to being ambivalent about the whole issue. Sometimes I can see both sides, sometimes I can see neither, and I can also recognise that it’s not always my place to decide.
              I should say that I haven’t seen any accusations anywhere, but that might be because I had heard nothing about this book anyway.

              • I am a little ambivalent about the issue myself. But I guess I can be!

          • I was sent this book by the Stella people and one of the reasons I haven’t read it is for this reason. I’m a bit anxious about it. But with this long-listing I now feel I should read it.

            • Ah now … #NoPressure … but your review might be just what we want….

  2. Wow, it only seems like 2 months since last year’s longlist was announced. And double wow – you’ve already read most of them!

    • Yes, they haven’t gone for outliers this year. It would have been ridiculous if they had, given the prestige of these novelists who released a book in the eligible period.

  3. I thought the McKinnon and the Rawson were both very good, so good on them for making the longlist. Kim Scott is always very good. I’m currently reading Murnane and if I read one more it will be de Kretser of whom I have read far too little.

    • I’m very pleased to see Storyland getting the attention it deserves. It is such a stunning book, it’s one I want everyone to read:) And From the Wreck too, I like inventive books with a serious intent:)

  4. This is a great list, not least because I’ve got most of these books in my TBR and have read two of them and am half way through a third! Given you’ve read almost all of them, do you have a favourite, Lisa?

    • Well, I’m going to answer that by saying that among a very, very strong field of contenders, the like of which we haven’t seen in years, Gerald Murnane should win. The man is a serious contender for the Nobel Prize, America has discovered him over the last year, but our most prestigious award hasn’t come his way yet, and this is, his says, his last work of fiction. So this may be their last chance to avoid looking stupid when he gets the Nobel and the world sees that he is as good as unrecognised in his own country.
      Oh, and the book is, a wonder…

      • I’m looking forward to reading the book; I bought it a few weeks ago. Strangely, it is a US edition cos he’s still not published in the UK. I’m told And Other Stories, a small indie publisher based in Sheffield, is going to publish a handful of his titles next year.

        • His genius has been recognised in Europe for some time, but I am starting to think/hope that he is going to become more widely known these days…

  5. The only one I’ve read was Taboo, but I do want to read some more Michelle de Kretser, Questions of Travel was fantastic.

    • Yes, I’ve been reading her since her first book was published, and I’ve liked everything she’s written (except The Lost Dog. I did not like that one at all).

      • I didn’t mind The lost dog, but it hasn’t “stuck” like some of her others.

        • Funny how some books do, and others don’t…

  6. Wow: congrats on so very nearly having read the entire list upon announcement. Good on you! There are so many here which sound good, but i did enjoy your thoughts on why you would throw your weight behind Gerald Murnane. It’s nice to see the reading world recognise an author whose works you feel passionately about promoting!

    • Thanks, but really, the reason I’ve read them is because they’re high profile authors that I’ve been reading for a long time, and I always get their new books and read them ASAP.

  7. Yes, congrats indeed…having read the longlist…with just one to go! Chapeau au bas!

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