Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A short list is a good list. Discuss.

I was reading extracts from some of the letters of Miles Franklin the other day, published in a curious collection called Creative Lives: Personal Papers of Australian Writers and Artists.
More on her later. For now, I'm interested in the Shortlist for this year's Miles Franklin Award. Here it is:
Lovesong, Alex Miller
The Bath Fugues, Brian Castro
The Book of Emmett, Deborah Forster
Butterfly, Sonya Hartnett
Jasper Jones, Craig Silvey
Truth, Peter Temple
I've only read Jasper Jones so I need to read some of the others to have an opinion. Have you read any of the contenders? What do you think?

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