Story from gold town sparkles

Jacinta CantatoreHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Harvey born author Gail Jones has been nominated for the Miles Franklin Award.
Camera IconHarvey born author Gail Jones has been nominated for the Miles Franklin Award.

Harvey-born author Gail Jones has joined some of the country’s best writers as a long-listed author for the Miles Franklin award.

She is nominated alongside author Philip Salom, who grew up on a dairy farm in Brunswick.

Salom’s novel The Fifth Season has been nominated, the third time one of his books has been listed for the Miles Franklin prize. One of his earlier novels, Playback, won the WA Premier’s Prize.

Jones, now based in Sydney, has written eight novels and two short-story collections which have been translated into seven languages.

She has previously been awarded the Prime Minister’s literary award, the Age book of the year, the South Australian Premier’s award, the ALS gold medal and the Kibble award.

Born in Harvey, Jones moved to Kalgoorlie and Broome as a child. She drew on this knowledge of regional communities in her latest novel, Our Shadows, a story of three generations of a family living in Kalgoorlie.

The book weaves the story of this family around that of Irish-born prospector Paddy Hannan, whose name is synonymous with Kalgoorlie.

The Miles Franklin literary award was established by feminist and author of My Brilliant Career, Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin, who first presented the prize in 1957. The award shines a light on some of the country’s most talented writers and celebrates literary stories about Australian life.

The shortlisted finalists will be revealed on June 16, and the winner announced on July 15.

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