The Life to Come wins the 2018 Miles Franklin Literary Award

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!

Courtesy Miles Franklin Literary Award.Perpetual.Peter Marko

Find out more about the Miles Franklin Literary Award here.

The Life to Come

by Michelle de Kretser

The dazzling new novel from Michelle de Kretser, author of Questions of Travel, bestseller and winner of the Miles Franklin Award.

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