Shortlisted in 2009 for her debut adult novel, One Foot Wrong, Laguna took top honours this year for her story of a family struggling to cope with their young son who has learning difficulties. The book is published by Allen and Unwin.
The $60,000 prize was announced at a ceremony in Melbourne on Tuesday night. Named after Stella “Miles” Franklin , author of My Brilliant Career, the award was established in 1954 with a bequest from her will. A tearful Laguna thanked the “visionary and generous” writer in her winner’s speech.