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.