Allen & Unwin are absolutely thrilled to announce that Michelle de Kretser's novel The Life to Come has won Australia's most prestigious literary prize - the Miles Franklin Literary Award.
The judges comment that "Michelle de Kretser’s The Life to Come is a powerful novel that effortlessly blends sharp satire of the literary world with deeply compassionate portraits of lonely people and their strategies for survival. It keenly skewers certain contemporary ways of being such as our obsession with food, use of social media and modes of political activism. But it is, at its heart, a novel about character: it probes to expose foibles but also to understand and, ultimately, sympathise. Sydney is the principal setting - its weather, light, seasons and urban geography are vividly evoked - and the multiple stories detour to Paris and Sri Lanka as well. Sentence-by-sentence, it is elegant, full of life and funny. With her characteristic wit and style Michelle de Kretser dissects the way Australians see ourselves, and reflects on the ways other parts of the world see us."
The Miles Franklin Literary Award is worth $60,000 and is presented each year to a novel which 'presents Australian life in any of its phases'. It was established through the will of writer Stella Miles Franklin, best known for her novel My Brilliant Career.
Congratulations Michelle de Kretser!