The winner of the 2007 Award was: Carpentaria by Alexis Wright
The shortlist for the 2007 Award comprises:
The Miles Franklin award was set up under the terms of the will of the late Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin, the famed Australian author who died in September 1954. It is given annually for the novel or play of the highest literary merit, presenting aspects of Australian life, and published during the preceding year. The award is administered by the Permanent Trustee Co Ltd of Sydney, and is currently worth $42,000.
2006 The Ballad of Desmond Kale by Roger McDonald
2005 The White Earth, Andrew McGahan
2004 The Great Fire, Shirley Hazzard
2003 Journey to the Stone Country, Alex Miller
2002 Dirt Music, Tim Winton
2001 Dark Palace, Frank Moorhouse
2000 Drylands, Thea Astley
Benang, Kim Scott
1999 Eucalyptus, Murray Bail
1998 Jack Maggs, Peter Carey
1997 The Glade within the Grove, David Foster
1996 Highways to a War, Christopher Koch
1995 The Hand That Signed the Paper, Helen Demidenko
1994 The Grisly Wife, Rodney Hall
1993 The Ancestor Game, Alex Miller
1992 Cloudstreet, Tim Winton
1991 The Great World, David Malouf
1990 Oceana Fine, Tom Flood
1989 Oscar and Lucinda, Peter Carey
Date changed from year of publication to year of announcement.
1987 Dancing on Coral, Glenda Adams
1986 The Well, Elizabeth Jolley
1985 The Doubleman, Christopher Koch
1984 Shallows, Tim Winton
1983 No award.
1982 Just Relations, Rodney Hall
1981 Bliss, Peter Carey
1980 The Impersonators, Jessica Anderson
1979 A Woman of the Future, David Ireland
1978 Tirra Lirra by the River, Jessica Anderson
1977 Swords and Crowns and Rings, Ruth Park
1976 The Glass Canoe, David Ireland
1975 Poor Fellow My Country, Xavier Herbert
1974 The Mango Tree, Ronald McKie
1973 No award.
1972 The Acolyte, Thea Astley
1971 The Unknown Industrial Prisoner, David Ireland
1970 A Horse of Air, Dal Stivens
1969 Clean Straw for Nothing, George Johnston
1968 Three Cheers for the Paraclete, Thomas Keneally
1967 Bring Larks and Heroes, Thomas Keneally
1966 Trap, Peter Mathers
1965 The Slow Natives, Thea Astley
1964 My Brother Jack, George Johnston
1963 Careful He Might Hear You, Sumner Locke Elliott
1962 The Well Dressed Explorer, Thea Astley
The Cupboard Under the Stairs, George Turner
1961 Riders in the Chariot, Patrick White
1960 The Irishman, Elizabeth O'Conner
1959 The Big Fellow, Vance Palmer
1958 To the Islands, Randolph Stow
1957 Voss, Patrick White
The winner of the 2006 award was The Ballad of Desmond Kale by Roger McDonald.
The winner of the 2005 award was The White Earth by Andrew McGahan.
The winner of the 2004 award was The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard.
The winner of the 2003 award was Journey to the Stone Country by Alex Miller.
The winner of the 2002 award was Dirt Music by Tim Winton.
London's Gilgamesh is the only first novel on the list, though Scott is better known as a poet than a novelist. The Art of the Engine Driver is Carroll's fourth novel but first to be shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award.
The winner of the 2001 award was Dark Palace by Frank Moorhouse.
For the first time in the prize's history a play (Life After George) was shortlisted as well as a novel by an Englishman, Matthew Kneale.
The winners of the 2000 award were Drylands by Thea Astley and Benang by Kim Scott.
This is only the second time the Miles Franklin Award has been shared between two novels - the previous occasion being in 1962 when Thea Astley (again) shared the prize with George Turner. Astley wins the award for the fourth time and Scott for his first. Scott's win is also the first by an indigenous Australian.
The winner of the 1999 award was Eucalyptus by Murray Bail.
The winner of the 1998 award was Jack Maggs by Peter Carey.
The winner of the 1997 award was The Glade within the Grove by David Foster.
The winner of this year's award was announced on June 3, 1997. The Age newspaper in Melbourne ran a story the next day on page 7 or thereabouts with a profile of the author and a few comments about the type of novel he writes. Unfortunately, the same day as the Miles Franklin was announced in Sydney, a new modern art prize was announced in Melbourne. Needless to say the art prize featured on the front page of the paper along with a colour photograph of the winning artist with the winning entry in the background. I suppose this was to be expected if you looked at it in purely monetary terms (the art prize was $A100,000) but you have to ask yourself which of the two works will be remembered in ten or twenty years time. If I could get a bet on it I would have no problems backing Foster.
- June 1997
The winner of the 1996 award was Highways to a War by Christopher Koch.
It would appear that some attempt is being made to resurrect the standing of the Miles Franklin Award in the eyes of the general public after the debacle of 1995's award to Helen Demidenko. The Age, Melbourne's major daily newspaper, carried a small article on page 6 of the 5 June 1996 edition which gave a summary of an interview with the chairwoman of the judges Dame Leonie Kramer. Basically Dame Leonie states that the "kerfuffle"> of the Helen Darville/Demidenko affair has been put aside and that she now looks forward to this year's award. I find it odd that the major literary award in the country should be relegated to this position in the paper. I am a fairly avid reader of the book pages of both The Australian and The Age but don't recall any mention of the award there over the past month or so. Maybe the hype surrounding the Booker Prize in Britain is a tad overdone, but it certainly gets people interested. This minor mention of the Miles Franklin Award seems to place it into its correct perspective within the Australian literary psyche - namely, a lost opportunity.
- July 1996
The winner of the 1995 award was The Hand that Signed the Paper by Helen Demidenko.
The winner of the 1994 award was The Grisly Wife by Rodney Hall.
The winner of the 1993 award was The Ancestor Game by Alex Miller.
The winner of the 1992 award was Cloudstreet by Tim Winton.
The winner of the 1991 award was The Great World by David Malouf.
The winner of the 1990 award was Oceana Fine by Tom Flood.
The winner of the 1989 award was Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey.
Date changed from year of publication to year of announcement, so no award was made in this year.
The winner of the 1987 award was Dancing on Coral by Glenda Adams.
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