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Alumna receives the 2021 Miles Franklin Award

The Labyrinth

Tasmanian author Amanda Lohrey (BA Hons 1968), winner of the 2021 Miles Franklin Award, is ‘a major novelist at the peak of her powers’, according to her publisher at Text, Michael Heyward.

‘We have been reading Amanda Lohrey’s fiction since her first novel, The Morality of Gentlemen, was published in the mid-1980s,’ he said, adding that the win was ‘thoroughly deserved’.

Amanda said it was ‘a great honour’ to be part of such a rich literary tradition in Australia: ‘I wanted to write a novel which acknowledges the feeling we so often have that we live in a broken world while at the same time depicting some of the ways in which we can work to repair it.’

The novel has been described by David Winter, senior editor at Text Publishing, as ‘hypnotic and carefully crafted, attuned to the inner lives of contemporary Australians’.

Amanda lives in Tasmania and writes fiction and non-fiction. She has taught Politics at the University of Tasmania and Writing and Textual Studies at the University of Technology Sydney and the University of Queensland. She is a regular contributor to the Monthly magazine and is a former Senior Fellow of the Literature Board of the Australia Council. In November 2012 she received the Patrick White Award for literature.

Our warm congratulations, Amanda.

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Published on: 10 Aug 2021 3:41pm