MILES FRANKLIN LITERARY AWARD 2020 WINNER
The winner of the 2020 Miles Franklin Literary Award, worth $60,000, has been announced. CONGRATULATIONS to Tara June Winch. This year's shortlist was a mix of established and newer Australian authors.
Their novels give voice to a diversity of Australian characters whose common feature is their location on the margins, whether geographical, familial or societal. They explore the ripples and repercussions of childhood trauma, the healing power of friendship, and the unshakeable presence of the past.” said Richard Neville, State Library of NSW Mitchell Librarian.
Abbey's Bookshop's Senior Bookseller and Buyer, Lindy Jones, is on the judging panel of the Miles Franklin Literary Award, Australia's premier accolade for fiction writing.
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK • THE YIELD ----- With a braiding of three narratives, Winch's story encircles the indigenous experience across differing time periods, and honours a First Nations language. The current voice is that of August Gondiwindi, a Wiradjuri woman returning home from abroad to face the family and town she left behind, amidst domestic and social pressures. Then there is the voice of the well-read grandfather Albert, whose personal project to record his people's tongue also sheds light on the mystery of the childhood disappearance of August's twin sister. The third voice is from earlier colonial times via a Lutheran missionary. Overall, the story is of many sadnesses held out by determination to survive and to thrive - a refusal to yield. Craig Kirchner