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Miles Franklin Long List 2021

The Miles Franklin Literary Award is Australia’s most prestigious literature prize. Established through the will of My Brilliant Career author, Miles Franklin, the prize is awarded each year to a novel which is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases.

Here are the 2021 Long listed titles for the award. 


Propulsive, insightful, and full of Aravind Adiga’s signature wit and magic, Amnesty is both a timeless moral struggle and a universal story with particular urgency today.

At The Edge Of The Solid World

A compulsive, compelling and lyrical novel, told with extraordinary empathy and emotional intelligence.

Infinite Splendours

An extraordinary novel incandescent with love and compassion, rich in colour. The power and virtuosity of Laguna's writing make it impossible to look away.


Lucky's is a story of family. It is also about a man called Lucky. His restaurant chain. A fire that changed everything. And a story of love, lost, sought and won again.

Our Shadows

A story about three generations of family living in Kalgoorlie, where gold was discovered in 1893 by an Irish-born prospector named Paddy Hannan.

Song Of The Crocodile

Full of music, Yuwaalaraay language and exquisite description, Song of the Crocodile is a lament to choice and change, and the unyielding land that sustains us all, if only we could listen.

Stone Sky Gold Mountain

A heartbreaking and universal story about the exiled and displaced, about those who encounter discrimination yet yearn for acceptance.

The Animals That Country

The Animals in That Country asks what would happen, for better or worse, if we finally understood what animals were saying.

The Fifth Season

In The Fifth Season Philip Salom brings his virtuoso gifts for storytelling, humour and character to a haunting and unforgettable novel about the tenuousness of life and what it means to be both lost and found.

The Inland Sea

Writing with down-to-earth lucidity, Watts builds to a tightly controlled bushfire of ecological and personal crisis. This is an unforgettable debut about coming of age in a dying world.

The Labyrinth

The Labyrinth is a hypnotic story of guilt and denial, of the fraught relationship between parents and children, that is also a meditation on how art can both be ruthlessly destructive and restore sanity.

The Rain Heron

Ren and the soldier are forced to confront what they regret, what they love, and what they fear. The Rain Heron is the dizzying, dazzling new novel from the author of Flames.
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