…and the literary award shortlists keep rolling in! Today the six finalists in the running for the 2010 Miles Franklin Award were announced.
The shortlist consists of:
The Bath Fugues, Brian Castro
The Book of Emmett, Deborah Forster
Butterfly, Sonya Hartnett
Lovesong, Alex Miller
Jasper Jones, Craig Silvey
Truth, Peter Temple
The winner of the $42,000 prize will be announced on June 22.
And at a personal level, I have finished reading Ian McEwan’s Solar. I never tire of his fine writing and biting humour – some of the already famous scenes in this book inspire peals of laughter every time I think about them. But it’s easy to feel weighed down by the truly repulsive protagonist, Beard. It’s little wonder our species face a planet in peril. Indeed, his character leaves us with a sense of impending doom for the earth and the human race.