Anna Funder wins literary award

ANNA Funder's All That I Am has had a dream run since publication, winning prizes and racing out of bookshops.

Now Funder's debut novel has added Australia's most significant prize to the long list of critical praise for the book, winning the Miles Franklin Literary Award last night.

The $50,000 prize was presented at Queensland's State Library last night, the first time the Miles has been declared in Brisbane and only the second time the ceremony has been held outside of Sydney.

All That I Am was given the nod ahead of four other shortlisted works; Blood, by first-time novelist Tony Birch; 2000 winner Frank Moorhouse's Cold Light; debut writer Favel Parrett's Past the Shallows; and Foal's Bread - the return to publication by Gillian Mears after 16 years.

Already a staple of Australia's bestseller lists, All That I Am has been lavished with praise, winning a swag of literary awards.

 

Read more at Brisbane Times



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