A novel about repatriation and dispossession, set in Australia and Sri Lanka, has been named the winner of Australia's most prestigious literary prize. Michelle de Kretser took out the $60,000 Miles Franklin Literary Award for her fourth novel, Questions of Travel, a double narrative that examines the plight of asylum seekers and the concept of travel in the internet age.
When Laura was two, the twins decided to kill her. They were eight when she was born. Twenty-three monthslater, their mother died. Their father's aunt Hester, spry and recently back in Sydney after half a lifetime in London, came to look after the children until a suitable arrangement could be made. She stayed until Laura left school.
The Sydney Morning Herald's literary editor explains why she agrees with the judges of the nation's most prestigious fiction award.
A novel about repatriation and dispossession, set in Australia and Sri Lanka, has been named the winner of Australia’s most prestigious literary prize.
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