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The Miles Franklin Literary Award

Australian author Stella Maria Miles Franklin, who published under the name Miles Franklin, left the initial sum to establish this award in her will. Following her death, the award was established according to the guidelines she had stipulated in her will: 'the prize shall be awarded for the Novel for the year which is of the highest literary merit and which must present Australian Life in any of its phases …’. The first recipient of the award was Patrick White for his novel Voss. Flush with the joy of winning the award White claimed, 'I am going to buy a hi-fi set and a kitchen stove.'

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  • Black Rock White City Audiobook by A. S. Patric Narrated by Robert Constantine

    Black Rock White City

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By A. S. Patric
    • Narrated By Robert Constantine
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    During a hot Melbourne summer, Jovan's cleaning work at a bayside hospital is disrupted by acts of graffiti and violence. For Jovan, the mysterious words that must be cleaned away dislodge memories of the past.... Intensely human, yet majestic in its moral vision, Black Rock White City is an essential story of Australia's suburbs now, of displacement, immediate threat and the unexpected responses of two refugees as they try to reclaim their dreams.

    michelle says: "Audio version not great"
    Winner 2016. Black Rock White City explores the consequences of an act of vandalism during a hot Melbourne summer .
  • The Eye of the Sheep Audiobook by Sofie Laguna Narrated by Nikos Andronicos

    The Eye of the Sheep

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Sofie Laguna
    • Narrated By Nikos Andronicos
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    Meet Jimmy Flick. He's not like other kids - he's both too fast and too slow. Jimmy's mother, Paula, is the only one who can manage him. She teaches him how to count sheep so that he can fall asleep. She holds him tight enough to stop his cells spinning. It is only Paula who can keep Jimmy out of his father's way. But when Jimmy's world falls apart, he has to navigate life on his own and make things right.

    says: "Great Australian story"
    Winner 2015. The Eye of the Sheep introduces the unforgettable Jimmy Flick, who's both too fast and too slow.
  • All the Birds, Singing Audiobook by Evie Wyld Narrated by Caroline Lee

    All the Birds, Singing

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Evie Wyld
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Jake Whyte is the sole resident of an old farmhouse on an unnamed island, a place of ceaseless rains and battering winds. It's just her, her untamed companion, Dog, and a flock of sheep. Which is how she wanted it to be. But something is coming for the sheep - every few nights it picks one off, leaves it in rags. It could be anything.

    Jyoung says: "Barely started"
    Winner 2014. Set between Australia and a remote English island, All the Birds, Singing is the story of how one woman's present comes from a terrible past.
  • That Deadman Dance Audiobook by Kim Scott Narrated by Humphrey Bower

    That Deadman Dance

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Kim Scott
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
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    Bobby Wabalanginy never learned fear, not until he was pretty well a grown man. Sure, he grew up doing the Dead Man Dance - those stiff movements, those jerking limbs – as if he’d learned it from their very own selves; but with him it was a dance of life, a lively dance for people to do together…

    Brittany says: "A beautiful story."
    Winner 2011. That Deadman Dance is a story about a fledgling Western Australian community in the early 1800s known as the ‘friendly frontier’.
  • Truth Audiobook by Peter Temple Narrated by Michael Carman

    Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Peter Temple
    • Narrated By Michael Carman
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    Villani's life is his work. It is his identity, his calling, his touchstone. But now, over a few sweltering summer days, as fires burn across the state and his superiors and colleagues scheme and jostle, he finds all the certainties of his life are crumbling. Truth is a novel about a man, a family, a city. It is about violence, murder, love, corruption, honor and deceit. And it is about truth.

    Alistair says: "A Peter Temple classic spoiled by a mediocre read"
    Winner 2010. Truth is a novel about a man, a family, a city. It is about violence, murder, love, corruption, honor and deceit. And it is about truth.
  • Carpentaria Audiobook by Alexis Wright Narrated by Isaac Drandich

    Carpentaria

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Alexis Wright
    • Narrated By Isaac Drandich
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    Carpentaria is Alexis Wright's second novel, an epic set in the Gulf country of north-western Queensland, Australia. The novel's portrait of life in the precariously settled coastal town of Desperance centres on the powerful Phantom family, leader of the Westend Pricklebush people, and its battles with old Joseph Midnight's renegade Eastend mob on the one hand, and the white officials of Uptown and the neighbouring Gurfurrit mine on the other.

    Winner 2007. A swelling, heaving tsunami of a novel: stinging, sinuous, salted with outrageous humour, sweetened by spiralling lyricism and swaggering with the confident promise of a tale dominated by risk, roguery and revelation.' The Australian
  • The White Earth Audiobook by Andrew McGahan Narrated by Edwin Hodgeman

    The White Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew McGahan
    • Narrated By Edwin Hodgeman
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    William is eight-years-old when his father is killed in a farming accident and he is invited, along with his psychologically fragile mother, to live with his great-uncle John McIvor at the decaying homestead of Kuran House. The property is the original station of the Darling Downs and the imminent Native Title Act is of great concern to the local landowners. McIvor, a hard and driven man, is organising a rally against the Act, whilst at the same time testing William as a potential heir of Kuran House.

    francis patrick walsh says: "a great novel of australian rural life"
    Winner 2005. The saga of the McIvors is nothing less than a grim and supremely entertaining take on colonialism in Australia and the tortured, stained hearts of all its New World cousins.' Entertainment Weekly
  • The Great Fire: A Novel Audiobook by Shirley Hazzard Narrated by Virginia Leishman

    The Great Fire: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Shirley Hazzard
    • Narrated By Virginia Leishman
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    This mesmerizing, poetic novel won the 2003 National Book Award for fiction and has earned universal acclaim. Set against the beautiful but tragic landscape of post-World War II Asia, The Great Fire tells a sweeping tale of the search for new beginnings in a world ravaged by tragedy.

    Winner 2004. Set against the beautiful but tragic landscape of post-World War II Asia, The Great Fire tells a sweeping tale of the search for new beginnings in a world ravaged by tragedy.
  • Dirt Music Audiobook by Tim Winton Narrated by Suzi Dougherty

    Dirt Music

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Tim Winton
    • Narrated By Suzi Dougherty
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    Georgie Jutland is a mess. At 40, with her career in ruins, she finds herself stranded in White Point with a fisherman she doesn't love and two kids whose dead mother she can never replace. Her days have fallen into domestic tedium and social isolation. Her nights are a blur of vodka and pointless loitering in cyberspace. Leached of all confidence, Georgie has lost her way; she barely recognizes herself.

    Melissa says: "liked it"
    Winner 2002. A huge, powerful novel about love, guilt, pain, fear – and the visceral, transforming power of music.
  • Drylands Audiobook by Thea Astley Narrated by Beverley Dunn

    Drylands

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Thea Astley
    • Narrated By Beverley Dunn
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    In her flat above Drylands' newsagency, Janet Deakin is writing a book for the world's last reader. Little has changed her in 50 years, except for the coming of cable TV. Loneliness is almost a religion, and still everyone knows your business. But the town is being outmanoeuvered by drought and begins to empty, pouring itself out like water into sand.

    Winner 2000. Drylands deals with gender politics, race relations, the alienation of youth, and violence and hopelessness in rural Australia. But Drylands is written with Thea Astley's trademark concision, bite, and linguistic verve, and brilliantly transcends the darkness at the heart of this novel.
  • Eucalyptus Audiobook by Murray Bail Narrated by Humphrey Bower

    Eucalyptus

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Murray Bail
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
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    On a country property a man named Holland lives with his daughter Ellen. Over the years, as she grows into a beautiful young woman, he plants hundreds of different gum trees on his land. When Ellen is nineteen her father announces his decision: she will marry the man who can name all the species of eucalypt, down to the last tree. Suitors emerge from all corners, including the formidable, straight-backed Mr Cave, world expert on the varieties of eucalypt.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not my type of book"
    Winner 1999. One of the great and most surprising courtships in literature.' Michael Ondaatje
  • Cloudstreet Audiobook by Tim Winton Narrated by Peter Hosking

    Cloudstreet

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Tim Winton
    • Narrated By Peter Hosking
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    Two rural families flee to the city and find themselves sharing a great, breathing, shuddering joint called Cloudstreet, where they begin their lives from scratch. For 20 years they roister and rankle, laugh and curse until the roof over their heads becomes a home for their hearts.

    nelly dean says: "I've read this book 3 times and listened to it once ... and I'm going to do it again"
    Winner 1992. One of those rare novels that warm the heart, as well as spark the imagination.' Kirkus Reviews
  • Shallows Audiobook by Tim Winton Narrated by Tracey Callander

    Shallows

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Tim Winton
    • Narrated By Tracey Callander
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    Whales have always been the life-force of Angelus, a small town on the south coast of Western Australia. Their annual passing defines the rhythms of a life where little changes, and the town depends on their carcasses. So when the battle begins on the beaches outside the town, and when Queenie Cookson, a local girl, joins the Greenies to make amends for the crimes of her whaling ancestors, it can only throw everything into chaos.

    Winner 1984. Shallows is that rare thing, not historical fiction, but fiction which brings the history of a place to life . . . a major work of Australia literature.' Washington Post
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