Miles Franklin Literary Award longlist announced
The longlist for the prestigious Miles Franklin Literary Award has been announced. The longlisted titles are: The Lebs (Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Hachette), Flames (Robbie Arnott, Text), Boy Swallows Universe (Trent Dalton, Fourth Estate), A Sand Archive (Gregory Day, Picador), Inappropriation (Lexi Freiman, Allen & Unwin), A Stolen Season (Rodney Hall, Picador), The Death of Noah Glass (Gail Jones, Text), Too Much Lip (Melissa Lucashenko, University of Queensland Press), Dyschronia (Jennifer Mills, Picador) and The Lucky Galah (Tracy Sorensen, Picador).
Five books by up-and-coming Australian authors have been shortlisted for the WA Premier’s Book Awards. They are: YA romance If I Tell You (Alicia Tuckerman, Pantera Press), crime fiction The Rúin (Dervla McTiernan, HarperCollins), poetry collection The Sky Runs Right Through Us (Reneé Pettitt-Schipp, UWA Publishing) and literary fiction The Wounded Sinner (Gus Henderson, Magabala) and You Belong Here (Laurie Steed, Margaret River Press).
A ‘colourful and authoritative’ account of the past, present and likely future of the international accounting and audit firms Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young and KPMG, entitled The Big Four (Ian Gow & Stuart Kells, La Trobe University Press), has won the Ashurst Business Literature Prize.
A number of Australian authors have won, or are in the running for, international prizes. Publisher and author Angela Meyer has won the inaugural Mslexia Novella Competition for her forthcoming novella Joan Smokes (Contraband); and Canada-based Australian comics artist Tommi Parrish has won the Lambda Literary Award for a graphic novel for their book The Lie and How We Told It (Fantagraphics).
Jock Serong’s novel Preservation (Text) has been shortlisted for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Prize, Claire G Coleman’s novel Terra Nullius (Hachette) has been shortlisted for the Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award for speculative fiction, and Rachael Brown’s true crime book Trace (Scribe) has been longlisted for the UK Crime Writers Association’s (CWA) Dagger Awards.