Thursday, March 17, 2011

Congrats to Melina Marchetta!

I am SO INCREDIBLY THRILLED to hear that Melina Marchetta is on the long list for the MILES FRANKLIN award with the most achingly, funny, BRILLIANT novel The Piper's Son (!!!) 

The Miles Franklin Literary Award is an annual literary prize for the best Australian ‘published novel or play portraying Australian life in any of its phases’. It is also one of Australia's MOST prestigious and honoured awards.

Here's the titles on this years long listThe shortlist for this year's award will be announced on 19 April in Sydney, with the winner announced at a special event at the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne on 22 June.

Here's a list of previous winners (since 1957)
And previous short-listed and long-listed titles

I am really PUMPED and pleased as The Piper's Son is one of my all-time favourite books ~ on my BELOVED shelf.  I *just* got my copy back from my mother in law who said it kept her up WAY too late and had her both in stitches (laughing) and in tears. 

The Piper's Son is now available internationally (yay!)

I ABSOLUTELY 100% recommend it :)


  1. Congrats to Melina Marchetta!
    I need to buy The Piper's Son soon!

  2. How can it be that I've never heard of this book? Wow, it sounds like a great one. Now it's another book I want to read.

  3. Woo hoo! I really hope Marchetta wins. This definitely in my top 5 favourite books :)

  4. Melina Marchetta is my favourite author, i really hope she wins. I haven't read the Pipers son yet but its waiting on my bookshelf. I have read all her other books though.
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  5. Very deserving win.
    I love, love, loved this book! I can't wait for another Marchetta release :)

  6. i have to read more melina marchetta books, so far i've only read saving francesca and looking for alabrandi.
    it'll have to wait though, because tomorrow i get my copy of tripple ripple, the new brigid lowry book. i cannot wait to go to the book launch. if there are any questions you've always wanted to ask, or if you'd like me to get a copy signed and send it over to you i'd be happy to.

  7. *cries happy tears*

    Best. News. Ever!!!

    I already have the US cover of the book, but I ordered the Aussie cover. I can't wait to have it in my hands!

  8. I have yet to read a Melina Marchetta book. I'm guessing I have a lot of catching up to do.

  9. oh my god! i cannot remember a YA book ever being on a miles franklin list (pleast correct me if i'm wrong)... this is... revolutionary.

    i'm so excited.

  10. Gah I need to read SF first in order to read this. Must get a copy asap!

  11. Gah I need to read SF first in order to read this. Must get a copy asap!

  12. Thanks for dropping by - so happy to find someone else who appreciates the amazingness of Winter of Fire!! I haven't read a lot of her other books so I'll have to check out some of the ones you listed. And it's such a disappointment Winter of Fire is out of print now - I think it would be really popular!

  13. Yay! So good to hear! I hope The Piper's Son snags the award. I really adored that book :D


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