Saturday, June 20, 2009

Hail a Great Australian Author

Miles Franklin Literary Awards
Winner announced
Lovers of fiction if you have not heard of this author I want to know, where you have been? 
On June 18th, at a gala dinner held in the State Library of NSW, Tim Winton was announced as the 2009 Miles Franklin Literary Award Winner for his novel 'Breath'. Winton made his debut in the Australian literary world by winning the Australian/Vogel award in 1981. His second book 'Shallows' won the Miles Franklin Literary award in 1984, he won again in 1992 with 'Cloudstreet' and yet again in 2002 with 'Dirt Music'. This latest win makes it merely the fourth time the dude has pulled this award off in his career so far! 

The Miles Franklin Literary award is the most prestigious award for fiction writers in Australia. The award was started in 1954 to support Australian writing talent. 

Tim Winton's novel 'Breath' is "a story about the wildness of youth- the lust for excitement and terror, the determination to be extraordinary, the wounds that heal and those that don't- and about learning to live with its passing." (Angus&Robertson Review)
I happen to adore the work of Tim Winton and am half way through reading this novel. I'll post my thoughts when I am done. 

So, hats off to Aussies that rock! Especially those that write :) 
Well done Tim our man!

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