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Miles Franklin Award 2015

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The 2015 winner of Australia's prestigious literary award The Miles Franklin Award has just been announced. This year's award winning book is 'The eye of the sheep' written by Sofie Laguna. The Award was established through the will of the writer Stella Miles Franklin, best known for her novel My Brilliant Career. Stella Franklin was born in 1879 and had a connection to Penrith having lived here between 1903 and 1914. The Franklin Award was first presented in 1957 for Patrick White's novel, 'Voss'. Today we are featuring this year's winning book together with the four shortlist titles. Last year's winning novel, 'All the Birds Singing' written by Evie Wyld is also featured. You can reserve the titles shown for $1.35 each, or check for these and other titles next time you visit a library branch.
All the birds singing / by Evie Wyld
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Jake Whyte lives alone on a farmhouse on an island, a place of ceaseless rains and battering winds. It's just her, her companion, Dog and a flock of sheep. But something is coming for the sheep - every few nights it picks one off and leaves it in rags.
Golden boys / by Sonya Hartnett
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Colt Jenson and his younger brother Bastian have moved to a new, working class suburb. To Freya Kiley and the other local kids, the Jensons are a family from a magazine, and their father, Rex, a hero. But to Colt he's unbearable and suffocating.
The eye of the sheep / by Sofie Laguna
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Jimmy Flick is not like other kids. His mother Paula is the only one who can manage him. She teaches him how to count sheep so that he can fall asleep. An extraordinary novel about a family struggling to cope with a different and difficult child.
The Golden Age / by Joan London
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It is 1954 and thirteen-year-old Frank Gold, refugee from wartime Hungary, is learning to walk again after contracting polio in Australia. At The Golden Age Children's Polio Convalescent Hospital in Perth, he meets Elsa and they form a forbidden bond.
After darkness / by Christine Piper
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While working at a Japanese hospital in the pearling port of Broome, Dr Ibaraki is arrested as an enemy alien and sent to Loveday internment camp. There, he learns to live among a group of men who are divided by culture and allegiance...
Tree Palace / by Craig Sherborne
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Shane, Moira and Midge, along with young Zara and Rory, are trants - itinerants roaming the plains north-west of Melbourne in search of disused houses to sleep in. When they find their Tree Palace outside Barleyville, things are looking up...
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