Congratulations to Sofie Laguna, who has won the 2015 Miles Franklin Literary Award for her wonderful novel The Eye of the Sheep.
The judges said The Eye Of The Sheep, which is told through the eyes of young boy Jimmy Flick, “impressively examined domestic violence through Jimmy’s non-judgmental perceptions”.
“The power of this finely crafted novel lies in its coruscating language, inventive and imaginative, reflecting Jimmy’s vivid inner world of light and connections and pulsing energy.
“Laguna has a true ear for the rhythms of everyday dialogue, and her compassionate rendering of the frustrations – and compensations – of dealing with a child of sideways abilities, makes this novel an impressively eloquent achievement.”
The Miles Franklin Award is presented each year to a novel which “presents Australian life in any of its phases”.