Miles Franklin Discussion

Our Pageturners read The Lucky Galah by Tracy Sorensen, Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton, Flames by Robbie Arnott and The Lebs by Michael Mohammed Ahmad.

Comments about The Lucky Galah: “I loved this book, it’s quirky and Australian, one of the most delightful books I have ever read, it had the background of the moon landing, the bird was a prisoner in his cage, it was told from the point of view of the galah.”

Comments about Boy Swallows Universe – “beautiful writing in parts, very contrived story, it is based on his real life, lovely use of language, it had a Hollywood ending, I enjoyed it, he had a difficult childhood, very readable, a love story to his family.”

Comments about Flames – “strange tale of what happens to a family after they die, set in Tasmania, they become plants, about their rebirth, death of the mother is important, its about the bonds of family, there is joy and sadness, the power of language. I enjoyed it, at the start I wondered what the hell I was in for, but it is different.”

Comments about The Lebs – “I didn’t like it, too much chaos and violence, the foul language, probably quite authentic but it didn’t’ hold me.”

After a discussion of the longlisted books for the Miles Franklin Literary award, Pageturners had a great time trying to decide on a winner from the shortlisted books.

The Shortlisted book are:

The shortlisted titles are:
The Lebs (Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Hachette)
A Sand Archive (Gregory Day, Picador)
•A Stolen Season (Rodney Hall, Picador)
The Death of Noah Glass (Gail Jones, Text)
Too Much Lip (Melissa Lucashenko, UQP)
Dyschronia (Jennifer Mills, Picador).

Let us know your guess for the winner and a prize will be awarded for the correct prediction.

The 2019 winner will be announced on Tuesday 30 July.

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 14 August at 5.30pn to discuss Fled by Meg Keneally. Meg will be one of our special guests at the Orange Readers and Writers Festival to be held on Saturday 3rd August from 10am to 3.30pm at the Hotel Canobolas, Orange. Tickets are $90pp, include morning tea and lunch, and are available from Orange City Library or go online to

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