Anna Funder’s debut novel All That I Am has won yet another award. This time it’s the valuable and prestigious Miles Franklin Award.
In an interesting move this year the judges broadened the selection criteria to include books that weren’t necessarily depicting some aspect of Australian life. If it hadn’t been for that, All that I am would not have been eligible according the original wording of the award. Which is not to take anything away from the book. It is very good indeed.
We have stock currently, and more will be arriving tomorrow. $22.95
The Miles Franklin is the most prestigious award for Australian literature with recent winners the likes of Stephen Carroll, Tim Winton and Peter Temple you can see why. A fantastic shortlist this year, Fairfieldbooks has a soft spot for Favel Parrett’s Past the Shallows but its going to be a close call! Last year the unusually short shortlist (only 3 titles) sparked controversy by not including any female authors, a trend that hasn’t continued with 3 of the 5 titles, all very deserved inclusions, by women. There are two debut novels, a mixture of historical and modern and a previous winner in Frank Moorehouse. Diverse indeed.
Kim Scott made history when he became the first indigenous writer to win the Miles Franklin award with Benang some years ago. He has now done it again, winning this year with That Deadman Dance. Congratulations Kim.
We have the book in stock, it is $23
For the collectors among you, a lovely hardback edition of the book is also available to order. It is $50