Brisbane author Melissa Lucashenko is the 2019 winner of the prestigious Miles Franklin award for her novel Too Much Lip. The Miles Franklin Literary Award recognises the novel of “the highest literary merit” which presents “Australian life in any of its phases”. Judges said that Too Much Lip “lays open the wounds of generational trauma and the restorative power of country, culture and belonging”.
Richard Neville, chair of the Miles Franklin judging panel and Mitchell librarian at State Library of NSW, calls Too Much Lip “a (sometimes) fabulous tale” woven together with “the very real politics of cultural survival” and “a story of hope and redemption for all Australians”.
A much-recognised novel, Too Much Lip was also shortlisted for the Stella Prize, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and the Australian Book Industry Awards.
Melissa Lucashenko said that she wanted to write a book that would “shine a light and bear witness to the Aboriginal underclass, and to lives of Aboriginal women in particular.” (ABC News)
Mellissa is a Brisbane author of European Heritage and a Bundjalung woman. Other indigenous writers to win the Miles Franklin award include Kim Scott (who shared the prize in 2000 for Benang and won again in 2011 with That Deadman Dance) and Alexis Wright (who won the award in 2007, for Carpentaria). Other nominees in 2019 for 2019 include: The Lucky Galah by Tracy Sorensen; Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton; and The Death of Noah Glass by Gail Jones. Read more about the nominees.
Melissa Lucashenko is widely published as a novelist, essayist and short story writer. Her awards and nominations include:
• Steam Pigs (1997) Dobbie Literary Award, NSW Premier’s Award
• Mullumbimby (2013) Queensland Literary Awards: Deloitte Fiction Book Award, Nita B Kibble Literary Award (shortlisted), Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing
• Killing Darcy (1998) Aurora Prize of the Royal Blind Society
• Hard Yards (1999) NSW Premier’s Award
View the full list of awards and nominations on Wikipedia.
Read more about Melissa Lucashenko’s writing in the literature eresource AUSTLIT and BlackWords from State Library of Queensland available for all Queensland public libraries and IKCs. Melissa writes for adults and young adults.
Too Much Lip is available for loan to all public libraries from State Library as a book club set. Mullumbimby is available for loan in audiobook. State Library of Queensland members have access to even more Melissa Lucashenko works and reviews including downloadable ebooks and articles on the One Search catalogue.
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