Thursday, June 23, 2005

2005 Miles Franklin Award for Fiction

Fiction from the sunburnt country

CONGRATULATIONS to Andrew McGahan on winning the 2005 Miles Franklin Award for Fiction for his sprawling multigenerational saga, The White Earth (2004), a haunting and hypnotic tale of a young boy's adventures growing up in rural Queensland that manages to tackle a slice of Australiana that's not often discussed or written about.

One spring day in late 1992, when William was halfway between his eighth birthday and his ninth, he looked out from the back verandah of his home and saw, huge in the sky, the mushroom cloud of a nuclear explosion. He stared at it, wondering. The thunderhead was dirty black, streaked with billows of grey. It rolled and boiled as it climbed into the clear blue day, casting a vast shadow upon the hills beyond. But there was no sound, no rumble of an explosion. William was aware of the smell of burning ... but it was a good smell, a familiar smell. The smell of grass, of wheat, of the farm itself. The White Earth (2004)

McGAHAN Andrew [1966-] Novelist. Born in Dalby, Queensland, Australia. Novels Underground (2006); The White Earth (2004: winner of the 2004 Age Fiction Prize and the 2005 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book, Southeast Asia and South Pacific Region, and the 2005 Miles Franklin Award for Fiction; shortlisted for the 2004 Queensland Premier's Literary Award for Fiction); Last Drinks (2001: shortlisted for the 2000 Age Book of the Year); 1988 (1995); Praise (1992: winner of the 1991 The Australian/Vogel Award)


Blogger Suzan Abrams, email: said...

Hi again Eric, On a different subject altogether, I wondered if you may want to put your booker list nominees on hold until the autumn when authors like Zadie Smith & Rusdie & others come out with long-awaited novels. Rushdie's is called Shalimar the Clown. Vikram Seth has got a book out in the autumn as well, except that it's non-fiction for which he received an advance in the millions of pounds, the highest ever in the UK.
I remember when I was in London as well, the year before last (2003) - when the Booker nominees were going to be announced late in the year, Martin Amis's book was deliberately rushed to be published, just so that he could make it for the long list, though he was eventually voted out of the shortlist! It should be exciting this year though. warm regards

Monday, June 27, 2005 4:42:00 AM  
Blogger Eric Forbes said...

Hello Susan,
You are right, of course. Zadie Smith's On Beauty (2005) and Salman Rushdie's Shalimar the Clown (2005) will be released in the early autumn. Vikram Seth's Two Lives (2005) is a memoir of the marriage of his great uncle and aunt. All interesting books which I am awaiting with bated breath!
All the best
Eric Forbes

Monday, June 27, 2005 5:56:00 PM  
Blogger bibliobibuli said...

Oh goodness, Eric. You're one after my own heart. How I have been enjoying your entries. Must have seen you at the signing in Megamall the other day?

Tuesday, June 28, 2005 5:20:00 AM  
Blogger Eric Forbes said...

Hello Sharon
Thanks for writing. And yes, I was at the book signing at Megamall the other day. I have always wanted to tell you that I enjoy reading your reviews in the papers.
All the best
Eric Forbes

Tuesday, June 28, 2005 5:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Tuesday, November 22, 2005 12:18:00 PM  

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