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.

 

2012 selection

All That I Am: A Novel

Miles Franklin Award 2012

by Anna Funder

Award-winning author Anna Funder delivers an affecting and beautifully evocative debut novel about a group of young German exiles who risk their lives to awaken the world to the terrifying threat of Hitler and...


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

Now a Major Motion Picture, Starring Simon Baker, Elizabeth Debicki, and Richard Roxburgh

Breath is a story of risk, of learning one's limits by challenging death. On the wild, lonely coast of Western Australia,...


2004 selection

The Great Fire

Miles Franklin Award 2004, National Book Award for Fiction 2003

by Shirley Hazzard, Shirley Hazzard Steegmuller & The Estate of Shirley Hazzard Steegmuller

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 won the...


2002 selection

Dirt Music

Miles Franklin Award 2002

by Tim Winton

Winner of The Miles Franklin Literary Award, The Christina Stead Award, WA Premier’s Book of the Year, Book Data/ABA Book of the Year Award, Goodreading Award-Readers Choice Book of the Year

Set in the dramatic...


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 the...


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...