2019 Reading Challenge

In 1957, the first winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award was announced: Patrick White, for his novel Voss. Over the years, the prize has been awarded to novels describing life in suburbia, compulsive gamblers, Australians abroad – but always true to the terms of Miles Franklin’s will: ‘[the] prize shall be awarded for the Novel for the year which is of the highest literary merit and which must present Australian Life in any of its phases …’.This year I have decided to reduce the number of books on my challenge and instead of 104 my challenge is 80.  For part of my challenge I would like to read as many books as I can from the previous winners of the Miles Franklin Literary Award.

I have read a few of them already but I will now endeavour to read some of the remaining books on the list.  Those I have read are:

There are 47 books on the list so I still have a few I can choose from.  I think I will start with Voss by Patrick White as I have a copy here at home.

Books read 2019


A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley

The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester

I’ll Keep you Safe by Peter May

Want you Dead by Peter James

Extinctions by Josephine Wilson . . . .  2017 Miles Franklin Award Winner

At the Water’s Edge by Sarah Gruen

The Ludlow Ladies Society by Anne O’Loughlin


The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff

Voss by Patrick White . . . . .1957 Miles Franklin Award Winner

The Eye of the Sheep by Sofie Laguna . . . . 2015 Miles Franklin Award Winner

Hotel du Barry by Lesley Truffle

The Pearl Thief by Fiona McIntosh

Scrublands by Chris Hammer

Trash by Andy Mulligan (read so I can discuss with my grandson his Year 7 novel)

The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder by Sarah J. Harris

The White Earth by Andrew McGahan . . . .2005 Miles Franklin Award Winner


Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriarty

The Life to Come by Michelle de Kretser

Unfettered and Alive by Anne Summers

Bridge of Clay by Marcus Zusak

Dark Suits and Sad Songs by Meyrik Denzel

61 Hours by Lee Child


The Scholar by Dervla McTierrnan

Teacher by Gabbie Stroud

The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village by Joanna Nell

A Month of Sundays by Liz Byrski

Tirra Lirra by the River by Jessica Anderson….. 1978 Miles Franklin Award Winner

All The Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld. . . Miles Franklin Award Winner 2014

The Return of the Dancing Master by Henning Mankell

Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe


The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton

A Dark So Deadly by Stuart Macbride

The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose

The Scent of You by Maggie Alderson

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Blood, Salt, Water by Denise Mina

Wake Up : the nine hashtags of digital disruption by David Fagan


The Ancestor Game by Alex Miller.

When All is Said by Anne Griffin

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Beautiful Death by Fiona McIntosh

A Song for the Dying by Stuart MacBride

Bye Bye Baby by Fiona McIntosh


The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

Lethal White by Roberrt Galbraith

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

The Time We Have Taken by Steven Caroll  2008 Miles Franklin Award Winner

Watching You by Lisa Jewell

Dead I Well May Be by Adrian McKinty

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

Best Before: the evolution and future of processed foods by Nicola Temple

The Art of D’scard’ng : How to get rid of clutter and find joy by Nagisa Tatsumi


Down Cemetery Road by Mick Herron

The Tea Gardens by Fiona McIntosh

Nightingale by Fiona McIntosh

Ladies in Black by Madeleine St John

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

London Rules by Mick Herron

A Murder Unmentioned by Sulari Gentill


Give the Devil his Due by Sulari Gentill

Persuader by Lee Child

The Long Call by Ann Cleeves

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

The Moscow Sleepers by Stella Rimington


Good Girl Bad Girl by Michael Robotham

The Heart of the Ritz by Luke Devenish

The Great World by David Malouf  Miles Franklin Winner 1990

Devil’s Lair by Sarah Barrie

Coco’s Secret by Naomi Greene