Friday, June 27, 2014

Evie Wyld wins Miles Franklin with 'compelling' All the Birds, Singing

British novelist takes Australia's top literary honour for her award-winning novel

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Evie Wyld, seen here in 2009, wins the 2014 Miles Franklin. Photograph: Alex Rumford/Booktrust/PA
British novelist Evie Wyld has won the 2014 Miles Franklin literary award for her novel, All the Birds, Singing.

Wyld’s win, announced at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art on Thursday night, saw her book win out over a “stellar” shortlist that included acclaimed Australian novelist Tim Winton.
The Miles Franklin award is Australia’s highest literary honour, celebrating Australian literature that features aspects of Australian life.

Wyld’s novel, a dark tale centred around the mysterious deaths of a protagonist’s sheep, has won multiple awards since its release, including the Encore award and a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered prize.

She will take home $60,000 in prize money, awarded by Perpetual’s the Trust Company, which has been the trustee of the award for its 58-year history.

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