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De Kretser wins second Miles Franklin Award

Michelle de Kretser has won Australia’s prestigious Miles Franklin Literary Award for the second time for her novel The Life to Come (Allen & Unwin) after previously winning in 2013 for Questions of Travel. The judges described The Life to Come as ‘a powerful novel that effortlessly blends sharp satire of the literary world with deeply compassionate portraits of lonely people and their strategies for survival’.

At the Ned Kelly Awards, Sulari Gentill won Best Crime Novel for Crossing the Lines (Pantera Press), a meta-narrative in which two crime authors write each other’s story. Sarah Bailey’s The Dark Lake (Allen & Unwin) was named Best First Crime Novel.

Jodi Perry has won the Romance Writers of Australia’s Romantic Book of the Year Award for her novel Nineteen Letters (Hachette).

Shortlists have also been announced for the Queensland Literary Awards and Readings’ New Australian Fiction Award.


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