Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Peter Temple wins Major Literary Award

Australian Author Peter Temple who won the CWA’s Gold Dagger Award in 2007 with his novel The Broken Shore has added another literary award to his collection. On Tuesday (22nd June)Peter Temple was awarded Australia's most prestigious literary prize, the Miles Franklin Award for his novel Truth. More information from the Sydney Morning Herald can be found here.

A former journalist, along with the Gold Dagger Award from the CWA Peter Temple has also won 5 Ned Kelly Awards, the Colin Roderick Award (which is presented annually by the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies, James Cook University, for "the best book published in Australia which deals with any aspect of Australian life")in 2005 again for The Broken Shore and the Australian Book Publishers' Award for best general fiction in 2006 once more for The Broken Shore.

The award was first won in 1957 by Patrick White and is given to the novel of the year which is of the highest literary merit and which must present Australian life in its many phases'. Truth is the first crime novel to be shortlisted and win the Miles Franklin Award.

An interview with Peter Temple for Shots can be found here

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