Grief, loss, and a glimmer of hope

Josephine Wilson wins the 2017 Miles Franklin prize for Extinctions

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Josephine Wilson has won the 2017 Miles Franklin award for her novel Extinctions. Judging panel chair Richard Neville stated Wilson’s novel, “explores ageing, adoption, grief and remorse, empathy and self-centredness”. It takes a skillful and thoughtful novelist to pack so many “big issues” into a single narrative, but Wilson has achieved it, and the novel has won considerable recognition.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sep 2017


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