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The Miles Franklin Literary Award 2015 shortlist

The Miles Franklin Literary Award 2015 shortlist

Allen & Unwin is absolutely delighted to announce that The Eye of the Sheep by Sofie Laguna and After Darkness by Christine Piper have both been shortlisted for this year's Miles Franklin Literary Award.

The Miles Franklin Literary Award is presented each year to a novel which is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases. It is Australia's most prestigious literary prize and was set up through the will of Stella Miles Franklin, author of My Brilliant Career. The Miles Franklin was first awarded in 1957.

The winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2015 will be revealed on Tuesday 23 June 2015.

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Spotlight:

At the Water's Edge

by Sara Gruen

A gripping and poignant love story about a privileged young woman's personal awakening - from the author of Water for Elephants.

Spotlight:

From India with Love

by Latika Bourke

A beautiful memoir of growing up, discovering your heritage and finding peace with who you are.

Spotlight:

Margaret and Me

by Kate Gibbs

Food writer Kate Gibbs grew up at the apron strings of her grandmother, Margaret Fulton. The matriarch of Australian cooking taught Kate everything she needed to know, including how to make bereavement soup, how thickly to spread butter on bread and that porridge must absolutely be made with salt.

Spotlight:

Stay With Me

by Maureen McCarthy

The unforgettable story of a young woman finding the courage to escape her present, face her past and embrace her future, from the bestselling author of The Convent.

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Spotlight:

Pandora Jones: Reckoning

by Barry Jonsberg

Pan blinked. Something strange was happening to her mind and body. She felt relaxed, but at the same time, acutely aware of everything. She remembered the Professor's words: she was the cause of the destruction of humanity. And she felt the truth of those words.

Pandora Jones's problems appear insurmountable. She must convince her team that nothing is as it seems and that they must escape and expose The School to save the world from the plague she unwittingly inflicted on it. The only things Pan has on her side are her gift of intuition, and her belief in the people she cares about.

But with the clock ticking, can she find a way to stop the plague, and should she do it at any cost?

Pan and her friends face off against the might of The School as the final pieces fall into place in the hugely compelling Pandora Jones series.

Spotlight:

A Week without Tuesday

by Angelica Banks

'I cannot hold the worlds apart much longer. Have you found our answer? G.'

Vivienne Small's world is under threat. A Winged Dog has fallen from the sky bearing an ominous note and vercaka have invaded the City of Clocks.

Meanwhile in the real world, famous writers are turning up far from home, injured and confused, and Tuesday McGillycuddy and Serendipity Smith - the most famous writer of all - could be next!

Suddenly whisked away to the world of story, Tuesday must learn the identity of the mysterious G, and find out why he is losing control of the worlds. But how can Tuesday, Vivienne and Baxterr solve the mystery and end the mayhem without losing themselves?

An utterly charming, action-packed sequel to the marvellous and magical Finding Serendipity.

Spotlight:

The Wonder Lover

by Malcolm Knox

'Some books read as if they are touched by magic, so wondrous and astonishing is the experience of immersing yourself in them. That's how I feel about The Wonder Lover. It is written with confidence and daring, with a joyous freedom and a love for story and language that is only possible when an artist has truly mastered their craft. It is a compulsive and thrilling read, a dazzling achievement. There is a word that should be used very rarely but I believe is absolutely right for this book: The Wonder Lover is superb.' CHRISTOS TSIOLKAS, author of The Slap

This is the story of John Wonder, a man with three families, each one kept secret from the other, each one containing two children, a boy and a girl. As he travels from family to family in different cities, he works as an Authenticator, verifying world records, confirming facts, setting things straight, while his own life is a teetering tower of breathtaking lies and betrayals.

The Wonder Lover is a stunning novel that again and magnificently confirms Malcolm Knox as one of our brightest stars, an imaginative tour de force that ranks alongside the best work of Nabokov, Amis, Ireland and Carey. The Guardian famously wrote of Malcolm, 'If Winton is an aria, Knox is early Rolling Stones', but this time around he's got the orchestra along as well and every single note rings deep and rich and true. This bedtime story told by children to adults is jaw-droppingly original, breathtakingly audacious and fearlessly accomplished.

Spotlight:

McKellan's Run

by Nicole Hurley-Moore

Years ago, Violet Beckett made the mistake of falling for the wrong McKellan brother and both she and her younger sister, Lily, paid the price. Now eight years later, fate has brought Violet and her daughter, Holly, back to the house Violet grew up in.

As soon as Violet runs into James 'Mac' McKellan, she wonders if she should run all the way back to the city. But something about the look in his eyes makes her want to linger. Can she trust him, can she trust herself or will she be burned again?

James McKellan has had a soft spot for Violet Beckett for longer than he can remember. It almost killed him to watch his brother woo her, use her and finally lose her. From their very first encounter he's hooked. But how can he convince her that not all McKellans are the same?

McKellan's Run is an entertaining love story that takes us into the hearts of two very special people who deserve a second chance.

Spotlight:

Animal Magic

by Carolyn Press-McKenzie

Heart-warming and funny, Animal Magic tells the moving and inspirational story of one woman's work with animals. Carolyn's organisation HUHA (Helping You Help Animals) is a thriving network that rehabilitates and rehomes domestic and farm animals and wildlife all over the country. It is New Zealand's leading no-kill shelter.

Carolyn's years of working with animals have given her many great stories to tell. From her first eclectic menagerie of a pig, chooks, cats, a movie-star dog, nine actor rats and Felix the magpie to Laurie, Charlie and Rachel the sad monkeys that were rescued from a circus, Carolyn's passion is to find positive outcomes for every animal and bird.

Her special ability to connect meaningfully with every animal she deals with and her understanding of what makes each one tick, along with her warmth and friendship towards them, is nothing short of extraordinary.

With its gentle sense of humour and perfectly pitched comic timing, Animal Magic is a charming tale of one woman's drive to follow her passion. This book will change the way you think about animals forever.

Spotlight:

Warrior

by Libby Connors

'Connors lays down the hard truth. Not all our warriors were Anzacs. Not all our wars were just.' - John Birmingham, author and columnist

In the 1840s, white settlement in the north was under attack. European settlers were in awe of Aboriginal physical fitness and fighting prowess, and a series of deadly raids on homesteads made even the townspeople of Brisbane anxious.

Young warrior Dundalli was renowned for his size and strength, and his elders gave him the task of leading the resistance against the Europeans' ever increasing incursions on their traditional lands. Their response was embedded in Aboriginal law and Dundalli became one of their greatest lawmen. With his band of warriors, he had the settlers in thrall for twelve years, evading capture again and again, until he was finally arrested and publicly executed.

Warrior is the extraordinary story of one of Australia's little-known heroes, one of many Aboriginal men to die protecting their country. It is also a fresh and compelling portrait of life in the early days of white settlement of Brisbane and south east Queensland.

'An enduring record of one of our greatest heroes.' - Sam Watson, activist and writer

'Deeply considered and powerfully told, this book recovers the entangled history of Aboriginal people and settlers in colonial Queensland, a history which is also Australia's story writ large.' - Associate Professor Grace Karskens, University of NSW

Spotlight:

Palace of Tears

by Julian Leatherdale

Angie loved Mr Fox's magnificent, absurd hotel. In fact, it was her one true great love. But ... today Angie was so cross, so fed up with everybody and everything, she would probably cheer if a wave of fire swept over the cliff and engulfed the Palace and all its guests.

A sweltering summer's day, January 1914: the charismatic and ruthless Adam Fox throws a lavish birthday party for his son and heir at his elegant clifftop hotel in the Blue Mountains. Everyone is invited except Angie, the girl from the cottage next door. The day will end in tragedy, a punishment for a family's secrets and lies.

In 2013, Fox's granddaughter Lisa, seeks the truth about the past. Who is this Angie her mother speaks of: 'the girl who broke all our hearts'? Why do locals call Fox's hotel the 'palace of tears'? Behind the grandeur and glamour of its famous guests and glittering parties, Lisa discovers a hidden history of passion and revenge, loyalty and love.

A grand piano burns in the night, a seance promises death or forgiveness, a fire rages in a snowstorm, a painter's final masterpiece inspires betrayal, a child is given away. With twist upon twist, this lush, strange mystery withholds its shocking truth to the very end.

Spotlight:

Leap

by Myfanwy Jones

'Engaging and luminous' -Rosalie Ham, author of The Dressmaker

'... engrossing and compassionate' -Paddy O'Reilly, author of The Wonders

'... tender and surprising' -Kalinda Ashton, author of The Danger Game

Joe lives-despite himself. Driven by the need to atone for the neglect of a single tragic summer's night, he works at nothing jobs and, in his spare time, trains his body and mind to conquer the hostile environment that took his love and smashed up his future. So when a breathless girl turns up on the doorstep, why does he let her in? Isn't he done with love and hope?

On the other side of the city, graphic designer Elise is watching her marriage bleed out. She retreats to the only place that holds any meaning for her-the tiger enclosure at the zoo-where, for reasons she barely understands, she starts to sketch the beautiful killers.

Leap is a beautiful urban fairytale about human and animal nature, and the transformative power of grief. While at its heart is a searing absence, this haunting and addictive novel is propelled by an exhilarating life force, and the eternally hopeful promise of redemptive love.

'... a writer who knows how to draw us in by portraying what it is to love and lose in a real sense.' -Georgia Blain, author of The Secret Lives of Men

Spotlight:

Black Widow

by Carol Baxter

'Never before in the hundred year history of Australia has a female prisoner become so notorious as Louisa Collins.' - Evening News

Two inquests, four trials, three hung juries and the executioner...but was Louisa Collins really a husband killer? Was she the callous adulteress, drunkard and liar known as the Botany Bay Murderess and the Lucrezia Borgia of Botany Bay? Or was this mother of seven a spirited and defiant woman who was punished for breaching society's expectations of womanly behaviour?

Compelling, freshly told and richly detailed, Black Widow uncovers the truth of a story that challenged the morality, the politics and the notion of law in an Australia on the edge of nationhood.

Spotlight:

A Double Shot of Happiness

by Judy Sharp

Tim Sharp and his magnificent creation, Laser Beak Man, are now major names in the world of international art. But the journey to this point has been an extraordinary one. When Judy Sharp took her three-year-old son Tim to a paediatric specialist, he was diagnosed with autism so severe that she was told he would never be able to talk or learn to live in a normal household, and that he was incapable of love, even towards his own mother. The advice at the time was that he would be better off in an institution.

Just over twenty years later, Tim's joyful artworks and drawings involving his superhero, Laser Beak Man, have been exhibited around the world. From the Powerhouse in Brisbane to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney to the Museum of Modern Art in New York, some of the world's greatest galleries have showcased Tim and his amazing career. Laser Beak Man's appeal is so widespread it's gone on to inspire, among other things, an eight-part animated children's TV series and a Broadway play in New York.

A Double Shot of Happiness (from the title of one of Tim's favourite artworks) is Judy's beautiful and heartfelt account of Tim's odyssey from that terrible diagnosis to his emergence as an acclaimed artist and a fulfilled, loving and loved young man. It's a story that has involved many hurdles, moments of despair and incredible hard work from Tim, Judy, his brother Sam and all those who have helped them, but that is ultimately moving, inspiring and triumphant.

Spotlight:

Off the Page

by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. It's a miracle that seems perfect at first - but there are complications. To exist in Delilah's world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver's role in the pages of Delilah?s favourite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down.

In this multilayered universe, the line between what is on the page and what is possible is blurred, but all must be resolved for the characters to live happily ever after.

Off the Page is a tender and appealing romantic novel filled with humour, adventure and magical relationships.

Spotlight:

Superlegumes

by Chrissy Freer

With over 90 recipes and packed with information on nutrition and cooking tips, Superlegumes dispels the myth that beans and legumes make for stodgy, hippy, vegetarian food. Like many of the ancient grains (quinoa, chia) now so omnipresent in today?s healthy kitchen, legumes, beans and pulses have been bypassed in favour of highly processed, unhealthy 'convenience' foods.

With Superlegumes, all that has changed.

These fresh, delicious and health-bringing recipes are a mix of vegetarian, meat and fish-based recipes, for every meal and every season. They use legumes and pulses - cannellini beans, broad beans, lima beans, kidney beans, adzuki beans, borlotti beans, lentils, chickpeas -- not only a high-protein food source and kinder on the earth to produce than meat protein, but also healthier to eat and cheaper to buy.

From breakfast through to after-dinner treats, from Pulled pork black bean sliders with green chilli salsa, Masala beef and red kidney bean curry or Duck breast with pancetta, braised lentils and balsamic or Piri piri chicken with smashed chickpeas to Peanut carob button cookies, Double choc bean brownies or Mandarin, pistachio and chickpea cake -- who said beans were boring?

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