I usually wait to blog about the Miles Franklin when the shortlist is announced, but I think the longlist is exciting this year so I wanted to mention it. I’ve read four of the books, and have another couple in my pile. It’s great to see new voices getting recognition. And I’m happy to see small publishers Transit Lounge, Wakefield Press, and big small publisher Scribe, on the list.

The list is as follows:

What’s my pick at this stage? Well, it’s no secret I love Chris Womersley’s Bereft, and it was a fantastic¬†book to read in tandem with Patrick Holland’s The Mary Smokes Boys, a novel that really stayed with me. I’ll make more predictions when the shortlist is announced on 19 April.

The winner will be announced on 22 June, in Melbourne.

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