The Miles Franklin Award
Congratulations to A.S. Patric, winner of the 2016 Miles Franklin Literary Award.
The prize is awarded each year to a novel which is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases. Previous winners include Sofie Laguna's Eye of the Sheep, Evie Wyld's All the Birds, Singing, and Michelle de Kretser's Questions of Travel.
Black Rock White City
Black Rock White City is a novel about the damages of war, the limits of choice, and the hope of love.
During a hot Melbourne summer, Jovan’s cleaning work at a bayside hospital is disrupted by acts of graffiti and violence becoming increasingly malevolent. For Jovan the mysterious words that must be cleaned away dislodge the poetry of the past. He and his wife Suzana were forced to flee Sarajevo and the death of their children.
Intensely human, yet majestic in its moral vision, Black Rock White City is an essential story of Australia’s suburbs now, of displacement and immediate threat, and the unexpected responses of two refugees as they try to reclaim their dreams. It is a breathtaking roar of energy that explores the immigrant experience with ferocity, beauty and humour.