Posted by: Lisa Hill | August 26, 2018

Michelle de Kretser wins the 2018 Miles Franklin Award for The Life To Come

The winner of the 2018 Miles Franklin Award was announced today: congratulations to Michelle de Kretser who has won the award for the second time with her novel The Life to Come.

My review is here. and here’s more about it from an author event that I attended at Beaumaris Books.

To see what was a very fine shortlist, click here, and for the longlist, see here.


  1. All I can say is Wow. I have not read it but have heard a lot about it. Were you surprised this won?


    • I wouldn’t have been surprised if any of them won: it was such a bumper year of OzLit last year – so many wonderful books published and all of them potentially worthy winners.


  2. I am delighted this won. Such a wonderful novel about contemporary Australian life! But it was a super strong shortlist. I’ve read them all now and there wasn’t a dud on it.


    • That’s right, an amazing year for OzLit and all I can say is, let’s hope the brilliance of this crop of authors inspires others to write as well as they have.


      • From the outside looking in, Australian literary fiction appears to be in fine fettle. All those awards help and initiatives like the Readings prize for debut writers are great for inspiring people to either read or write, I would think.


  3. Lisa,
    I learned of the author Michelle de Kretser while reading one of your blog entries. I read her novel, Questions of Travel. I agree with your assertion that Kretser warrants her readers to pay critical attention to details. The event featuring the author seemed very engaging. Her approach to writing craft in terms of plot, characterization, and setting is thought-provoking. As a poet, I’m interested in how characters and events collide in the midst of challenging predicaments. Is what makes literature compelling to read and gain insight from.

    It’s wonderful that she won the 2018 Miles Franklin Award. There is an interesting Books & Arts podcast featuring Kretser reading from and discussing the novel-

    The Life to Come is available in the United States so I as soon as I find free time, I will read it.


    • I think you’ll find it compelling … I suspect that many of the issues raised are also relevant in the US.


  4. Well done and well deserved, CHINA


    • Yes indeed, I love it when we get wonderful books to read like this one:)


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