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Miles Franklin Literary Award

2020 Winner: "The Yield"

Congratulations to Tara June Winch who has won the 2020 Miles Franklin Literary Award for her book, The Yield.

From the publisher, Penguin Random House Australia:

The yield in English is the reaping, the things that man can take from the land. In the language of the Wiradjuri yield is the things you give to, the movement, the space between things: baayanha.

Knowing that he will soon die, Albert 'Poppy' Gondiwindi takes pen to paper. His life has been spent on the banks of the Murrumby River at Prosperous House, on Massacre Plains. Albert is determined to pass on the language of his people and everything that was ever remembered. He finds the words on the wind.

August Gondiwindi has been living on the other side of the world for ten years when she learns of her grandfather's death. She returns home for his burial, wracked with grief and burdened with all she tried to leave behind. Her homecoming is bittersweet as she confronts the love of her kin and news that Prosperous is to be repossessed by a mining company. Determined to make amends she endeavours to save their land - a quest that leads her to the voice of her grandfather and into the past, the stories of her people, the secrets of the river.

Profoundly moving and exquisitely written, Tara June Winch's The Yield is the story of a people and a culture dispossessed. But it is as much a celebration of what was and what endures, and a powerful reclaiming of Indigenous language, storytelling and identity.

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The Miles Franklin Literary Award is Australia's most prestigious literature prize. Established through the will of My Brilliant Career author, Miles Franklin, the prize is awarded each year to a novel which is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases.

First presented in 1957, the Award helps to support authors and to foster uniquely Australian literature. Miles Franklin believed that "Without an indigenous literature, people can remain alien in their own soil". She also had first-hand experience of struggling to make a living as a writer and was the beneficiary of two literary prizes herself.

Find out more about the Miles Franklin Literary Award and all nominated titles by visiting the official website.

Previous Award Winners


Too Much Lip
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The Life to Come
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In case you missed them earlier, below are all titles from the shortlist that were nominated for the 2020 Miles Franklin Literary Award.

The Miles Franklin Literary Award
2020 Shortlist

No One
by John Hughes
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The Returns
by Philip Salom
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Exploded View
by Carrie Tiffany
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