Last year, in what was obviously a rush-of-blood-to-the-head moment, Meredith and I decided to read our way through the 2008 Miles Franklin Literary Award longlist. (That’s Ms Franklin in the pic, in case you were wondering.) Our primary objective, I’m ashamed to say, was being able to take a superior (yet informed) attitude when we disdainfully disagreed with the shortlist selections and the eventual winner.
Unfortunately, we only managed to read through half of the books before the shortlist was announced and, you guessed it, we had chosen to read the ones that weren’t shortlisted. By this stage our enthusiasm had waned but we valiantly soldiered on and managed to read most of the shortlist finalists.
It’s that time of year again and the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2009 Longlist has been announced. As Murphy’s Law would predict, we haven’t read any of the ten novels selected, which are:
Addiction – Toni Jordan
A Fraction of the Whole – Steve Toltz
Breath – Tim Winton
fugitive blue – Claire Thomas
Ice – Louis Nowra
one foot wrong – Sofie Laguna
The Devil’s Eye – Ian Townsend
The Pages – Murray Bail
The Slap – Christos Tsiolkas
Wanting – Richard Flanagan
With the shortlist announcement only 5 weeks away on the 16th April, I think we might hold off until the list has been reduced to four titles. We then have until the 18th June to read the shortlisted books before the final announcement so that we can once again overestimate our ability to judge which author most deserves the $42,000 prize.by