Miles Franklin Award

The Miles Franklin Literary Award is an annual literary prize awarded to "a novel which is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases". The award was set up according to the will of Miles Franklin (1879–1954), who is best known for writing the Australian classic My Brilliant Career (published in 1901) and for bequeathing her estate to fund this award. As of 2013, the award is valued A$60,000.

 

2014 selection

All the Birds, Singing

Miles Franklin Award 2014, Encore Award 2013

by Evelyn Rose Strange Wyld & Evie Wyld

From one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists, a stunningly insightful, emotionally powerful new novel about an outsider haunted by an inescapable past: a story of loneliness and survival, guilt and loss,...


2013 selection

Questions of Travel: A Novel

Miles Franklin Award 2013

by Michelle de Kretser

"It is not really possible to describe, in a short space, the originality and depth of this long and beautifully crafted book."--A.S. Byatt, Guardian Laura Fraser grows up in Sydney, motherless, with a cold,...


2012 selection

All That I Am: A Novel

Miles Franklin Award 2012

by Anna Funder

All That I Am is a masterful and exhilarating exploration of bravery and betrayal, of the risks and sacrifices some people make for their beliefs, and of heroism hidden in the most unexpected places.

When eighteen-year-old...


2011 selection

That Deadman Dance

Miles Franklin Award 2011

by Kim Scott

Winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for the South East Asia and Pacific Region Acclaimed Australian writer Kim Scott draws on his Aboriginal heritage in a sweeping novel that reimagines the story of colonizer...


2010 selection

Truth

Miles Franklin Award 2010

by Peter Temple

Inspector Stephen Villani, head of homicide in Melbourne, Australia, has a full agenda: a murdered woman in a penthouse apartment, three men butchered in a sadistic rampage, a tattoofaced drug dealer corrupting...


2009 selection

Breath

Miles Franklin Award 2009

by Tim Winton

Tim Winton is Australia’s best-loved novelist. His new work,Breath, is an extraordinary evocation of an adolescence spent resisting complacency, testing one’s limits against nature, finding like-minded souls,...


2004 selection

The Great Fire

Miles Franklin Award 2004, National Book Award for Fiction 2003

by Shirley Hazzard

A great writer's sweeping story of men and women struggling to reclaim their lives in the aftermath of world conflict     The Great Fire is Shirley Hazzard's first novel since The Transit of Venus, which...


2003 selection

Journey to the Stone Country

Miles Franklin Award 2003

by Alex Miller

Winner of the 2003 Miles Franklin Award. A superbly compelling work of betrayals, compassion, secrets and reconciliation.


2002 selection

Dirt Music: A Novel

Miles Franklin Award 2002

by Tim Winton

Luther Fox, a loner, haunted by his past, makes his living as an illegal fisherman -- a shamateur. Before everyone in his family was killed in a freak rollover, he grew melons and played guitar in the family...


1999 selection

Eucalyptus

Commonwealth Best Book Prize 1999, Miles Franklin Award 1999

by Murray Bail

Winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book

 A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year

 

On a property in New South Wales, a widower named Holland lives with his daughter, Ellen. Over...


1998 selection

Jack Maggs: A Novel

Commonwealth Best Book Prize 1998, Miles Franklin Award 1998

by Peter Carey

The Booker Prize-winning author of Oscar and Lucinda returns to the nineteenth century in an utterly captivating mystery. The year is 1837 and a stranger is prowling London. He is Jack Maggs, an illegal returnee...


1996 selection

Highways to a War

Miles Franklin Award 1996

by Christopher J. Koch

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA


1992 selection

Cloudstreet

Miles Franklin Award 1992

by Tim Winton

From award-winning author Tim Winton comes an epic novel that regularly tops the list of best-loved novels in Australia.

After two separate catastrophes, two very different families leave the country for the...


1989 selection

Oscar and Lucinda: movie tie-in edition

Miles Franklin Award 1989, Man Booker Prize 1988

by Peter Carey

The Booker Prize-winning novel--now a major motion picture from Fox Searchlight  Pictures.

This sweeping, irrepressibly inventive novel, is a romance, but a romance of the sort that could only take place in  nineteenth-century...


1987 selection

Dancing on Coral: Text Classics

Miles Franklin Award 1987

by Glenda Adams & Susan Wyndham

Winner of the Miles Franklin Award, 1987.

Lark Watter had always planned to run away from her stifling suburban life in 1960s Sydney. At university she encounters an American, Tom, and with him the promise of...


1982 selection

Just Relations

Miles Franklin Award 1982

by Rodney Hall

Once a wild gold mining town, Whitey's Fall is now a small, brooding community of close and distant relations. One by one, the young are leaving for the alluring uncertainties of the world beyond. The old stay...


1981 selection

Bliss

Miles Franklin Award 1981

by Peter Carey

For thirty-nine years Harry Joy has been the quintessential good guy. But one morning Harry has a heart attack on his suburban front lawn, and, for the space of nine minutes, he becomes a dead guy. And although...


1979 selection

A Woman of the Future: Text Classics

Miles Franklin Award 1979

by David Ireland & Kate Jennings

An imaginative tour de force, A Woman of the Future is the story of the young life of Anthea Hunt-from conception to sexual awakening. It is controversial and brilliant, and unlike anything else in Australian...


1977 selection

Swords and Crowns and Rings: Text Classics

Miles Franklin Award 1977

by Ruth Park & Alice Pung

Ruth Park's Miles Franklin-winning novel brilliantly evokes Australia in the midst of the Great Depression. Written with warmth and affection, Swords and Crowns and Rings is a powerful story about human nature...


1976 selection

The Glass Canoe: Text Classics

Miles Franklin Award 1976

by David Ireland & Nicolas Rothwell

Meat Man is a regular at the Southern Cross pub in Sydney. With his tribe he sits and drinks and watches as life spirals around him. David Ireland's novel tells his stories, about the pub, its patrons and their...


1971 selection

The Unknown Industrial Prisoner: Text Classics

Miles Franklin Award 1971

by David Ireland & Peter Pierce

Winner of the Miles Franklin Award in 1971.

On the shores of Botany Bay lies an oil refinery where workers are free to come and go. But they are also part of an unrelenting, alienating economy from which there...


1965 selection

The Slow Natives

Miles Franklin Award 1965

by Thea Astley

Thea Astley is in top form in this 1965 Miles Franklin Award winner.


1963 selection

Careful, He Might Hear You: Text Classics

Miles Franklin Award 1963

by Sumner Locke Locke Elliot & Robyn Nevin

It's the Great Depression. Six-year-old PS is an orphan. He lives in Sydney with his Aunt Lila. But all that is about to change. Now his Aunt Vanessa has decided to take proper care of him. Careful, He Might...