As I wrote last week, the Miles Franklin longlist has been announced, and I’ve decided to do a Miles Franklin Countdown on Liticism, reading a book a week from the list until the winners are announced on June 20th.
At the start of this year I wrote about the difficulties of being a lit lover, the ways in which our life is spent reading and re-reading and not reading all the books we’d like to have read. Many commented on blog posts and Twitter that they’d read only two or three of the novels on the Miles Franklin longlist. My time last year was spent in a PhD and interning haze, and therefore while I do own several of the books on the Miles Franklin list, and two in particular occupy a longing position on top of the precarious pile of books beside my bed (why is it that we always hope buying a book will mean that it will somehow be absorbed into our minds? This is probably the same reason my bookshelf boasts two pristine copies of Infinite Jest) I am new to all the works on the longlist. So I thought this would be a great opportunity to work my way though the list with a Miles Franklin countdown, and I’d love you all to read along with me.
The posts I write will be essays or analyses rather than straight reviews – so may refer to endings and key plot points. I’ll also assess the extent to which each of the novels fit the Miles Franklin criteria of presenting “Australian life in any of its phases.” I’ll begin in three weeks with Anna Funder’s All That I Am, as that’s a longer book and should give everyone time to complete it.
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As there’s only eight weeks from then until the announcement, I’d love to hear your comments as to which I should review – whether you’ve read and loved it or if it’s one you’re particularly looking forward to reading.