Last night, after dodging phone calls all afternoon from judges, Australian author Josephine Wilson was announced the winner of the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award, for her new work of fiction Extinctions
The Miles Franklin Literary Award, now in its 60th year, was established in the memory of 20th century Australian author Stella ‘Miles’ Franklin, and is given to novels “of the highest literary merit”, that shown Australian life in any of its phases.
Extinctions is a novel that is “trying to come to understand emotional complexity of belonging” – it is the story of Frederick Lothian, who has the secrets of his past come back to confront him after striking a friendship with his new neighbour Jan.
Wilson has stated that writing the novels was a way for her to work through issues and ideas, especially around the limits of personal responsibility, and her own experiences of adopting a child.
“I was also thinking a great deal about family and post-biological families, and do we need to give birth to love? The question of adoption was really very central to my thinking and reading around the book,”
The Miles Franklin Literary Award was started off the scarce savings of one Australian Author – now, 60 years later, the award is valued at over $60 thousand. AFTRS FM wants to Congratulate Josephine Wilson on receiving this years prize, and her novel Extinctions is available online and in store Dymocks and other leading retailers