Miles Franklin Winner review

Congratulations to Anna Funder for winning this year’s Miles franklin Award. And congratulations  also to the other short-listed authors because they have all written very fine novels!

On September 12th last year I posted a blog headed “Anna Funder’s Brilliant New Novel”.

Here’s what I wrote. “‘All That I Am’ by Australian author Anna Funder has just been released. Anna’s previous book was the best-selling, prize-winning non-fiction book ‘Stasiland’. ‘All That I Am’ had me completely involved from the first page. It is a great story set in engrossing times. There is a love story involved but it is overshadowed by the darkness of Hitler’s rise to power. The story centres around five people living in London in the 1930’s. Their lives are complex both personally and politically. Two of the charactres are based on real people. Ernst Toller was a playwright and political activist who was President of the short-lived Bavarian Republic. W. h. Auden was a close frien of his and wrote the poem ‘In Memory of Ernst Toller’. Toller committed suicide in New York in 1939. The other ‘true’ character is Roth Koplowitz who migrated to Australia and was personally known tothe author”.

I also featured Anna’s book on The Evening Show on ABC 702 last year..

‘All That I Am’ is a totally engrossing read and a deserving winner!



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