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'The shortlist for the 2017 Miles Franklin was announced on 18 June 2017, and this episode - featuring all five shortlisted authors - was released on 20 June 2017.

This episode features interviews with all five shortlisted authors: Emily Maguire (An Isolated Incident), Mark O'Flynn (The Last Days of Ava  Langdon), Ryan O'Neill (Their Brilliant Careers), Philip Salom (Waiting) and Josephine Wilson (Extinctions).'

Source: Blurb.


  • Transcript available from website.

  • Show notes:

    • Emily Maguire was influenced by P. M. Newton, and in particular her work The Old School.
    • The long-form narrative journalism Emily mentions is In Small Places, published published in July 2015 in Right Now.
    • Mark O’Flynn first wrote Eleanor and Eve, a play that imagines a meeting between Eva Langley and Eleanor Dark. The Last Days of Ava Langdon is his second exploration of Eva Langley’s life and death.
    • The Dick and Jane books mentioned by Mark were reissued by Penguin Random House in the United States.
    • We interviewed Toni Jordan in late 2016 for Season 1 of The Garret, and she happened to mention Ryan O’Neill’s Their Brilliant Careers.
    • Ryan mention’s the Lost in Track Changes project by if:book, which you can find here.
    • Nic and Ryan refer to previous Australian literary hoaxes, including Ern Malley and Helen Demedenko.
    • The first book Ryan read when he came to Australia was For the Term of His Natural Life by Marcus Clarke.
    • Ryan also refers to Australian writers Steele Rudd, Murray Bail and Frank Moorhouse.
    • Vivian Darkbloom, used by Ryan in Their Brilliant Careers, is the anagram used by Vladimir Nabokov.
    • Ryan recommends reading contemporary Australian writers Alec Patric,as well as Jane Rawson’s From the Wreck and Julie Koh’s short fiction, Portable Curiosities.
    • Philip Salom refers to the colourful swearing habits of Peter Capaldi(of Dr Who fame).
    • Josephine Wilson admires Charlotte Wood’s The Natural Way of Things.

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