Posted by: Lisa Hill | July 16, 2020

Tara June Winch wins the 2020 Miles Franklin Literary Award

The winner of this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award is Wiradjuri woman Tara June Winch for her novel, The Yield.  

It’s a stunning novel (see my review) so I’m pleased the judges thought so too.

The $60,000 prize is awarded to an Australian work for literature about “Australian Life in any of its phases”, thanks to the bequest of the author Miles Franklin.

Tara June Winch, a Wiradjuri woman, is the fourth Indigenous winner of the prize in its long history since 1957.  Previous indigenous winners are

  • 2007: Alexis Wright of the Waanyi people in the Gulf region of Queensland, for Carpentaria.
  • 2000 and 2011: Kim Scott of the Noongar people of the southern coast of Western Australia, co-winner in 2000 for Benang (see my review) and in 2011 for That Deadman Dance (see my review) and
  • 2019: Melissa Lucashenko  of the Ygambeh/Bundjalung people of northern coastal New South Wales for her novel Too Much Lip, see my review

But there’s some fine reading in the shortlisted titles, so make sure you check them out as well.  The other shortlisted titles were…



  1. That’s good- I’m glad she won it. Haven’t read the book though!

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    • I was torn between The Yield and The Returns. I loved The Returns but I think The Yield is a more significant work, culturally speaking.


  2. I’m delighted she won it. I’m a third of the way through it (had hoped to finish it in time but alas my bandwidth is a bit stretched at the moment) and I can already tell it’s doing something important.

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    • Everything seems to take longer at the moment, and I am not even working like you are!


  3. My book club read for this month!


  4. Congrats to Tara June Winch.

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    • It’s well-deserved. I hope you’ll be able to get a copy, I think you’ll find it fascinating.


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