Literary Night of Nights

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Australian literary favourite Melina Marchetta, will finally get her chance to gain the Miles Franklin crown, after her latest novel was announced on the award’s long list.

Her novel, The Piper’s Son, was released this year, and has already been well received, but Marchetta says she doesn’t write novels to gain critical acclaim.

“I try not to get caught up with the pressure because there is absolutely nothing I can do to change how people are going to react to my work or their expectations” she told blog Persnickety Snark, “the worst thing for me would be an indifference to it.”

Marchetta, best known for her acclaimed novel Looking For Alibrandi, is no stranger to awards, but 2011 marks her first Miles Franklin award nomination.

Her new novel is a companion piece to her other renowned novel Saving Francesca, picking up on the characters several years later.

Marchetta is not the only well-known author to receive a placement on the prestigious long list. Other authors include past Miles Franklin winners Rodger McDonald (2000) and Kim Scott (2006 as a joint win with Thea Astley).

Patrick Holland, proclaimed as the new big thing in Australian literature, also appears on the long list for his novel The Mary Smokes Boys, along with several newcomers.

The shortlist for the Miles Franklin award will appear in April and the winner will be announced in Sydney in June.

On the Long list:

John Bauer – Rocks in the Belly

Honey Brown- The Good Daughter

Patrick Holland – The Mary Smokes Boys

Melina Marchetta – The Piper’s Son

Roger McDonald – When Colts Ran Vintage

Stephen Orr – Time’s Long Ruin

Kim Scott – That Deadman Dance

Kirsten Tranter – The Legacy

Chris Womersley – Bereft


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