Vote for the author! Craig Silvey for Cleo Bachelor of the Year (oh, and he’s on the Miles Franklin longlist)

Not only is Jasper Jones author Craig Silvey longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award, he’s up for Cleo Bachelor of the Year! Go and vote for the lovely and talented (and yes, cute) Mr Silvey here. I chaired a panel with Craig and Eleanor Catton at the recent Perth Writers Festival, and remember one middle-aged lady in a purple jumper being very gushy to him at audience question time. Craig was smooth and charming (he must be used to it).

But seriously, I did get the chance to hang out with him a bit at the Cottonmouth event and we had quite a serious conversation about the creative impulse and the insularity that can come with writing, and how this can make relationships difficult, not to mention the travel involved if you’re successful like Craig.

But you guys like a challenge, don’t you?


Oh, and here’s the longlist for that other award:

Lovesong Alex Miller Allen & Unwin
The Bath Fugues Brian Castro Giramondo Publishing
Jasper Jones Craig Silvey Allen & Unwin
Sons of the Rumour David Foster Pan Macmillan
The Book of Emmett Deborah Forster Random House
Siddon Rock Glenda Guest Random House
Boy on a Wire Jon Doust Fremantle Press
Figurehead Patrick Allington Black Inc. Publishing
Parrot and Olivier in America Peter Carey Penguin Group (Australia)
Truth Peter Temple Text Publishing
Butterfly Sonya Hartnett Penguin Group (Australia)
The People’s Train Tom Keneally Random House

I won’t comment on what I’ve read and what I’m going for until the shortlist is announced in April. Let’s hope it’s a bit more balanced this year, hey?

4 thoughts on “Vote for the author! Craig Silvey for Cleo Bachelor of the Year (oh, and he’s on the Miles Franklin longlist)

  1. My thoughts exactly Angela, re balance. With 12 shortlisted and only three women, the odds aren’t good … Have been racking my brains for the women who surprisingly are not on there. Kalinda Ashton, Andrea Goldsmith and Cate Kennedy immediately come to mind. I am also surprised Steven Amsterdam’s Age Book of the Year winning Things we Didn’t See Coming didn’t even make the longlist.

    I won’t say who I’m going for, but I’m thrilled that Patrick Allington is on there – Figurehead is an amazing work, and I think he’s destined to be one of the majors in terms of Australian authors. Very pleased indeed for Jon Doust too – I thought Boy on a Wire was excellent and it’s not had much attention. Hope it boosts his readership. Okay, and feel similarly about Deborah Forster’s The Book of Emmett, which I loved last year. It had a respectable amount of attention – reviews, feature interviews – but this should remind people of it and hopefully build her readership.

    There are others on this list I read and loved but, in the interests of not saying who I’m going for, I’ll refine my comments to the deserving-but-underappreciated-thus-far.

  2. Hi Jo – yes, the odds aren’t good. I was certain Kalinda Ashton would be nominated! And Cate Kennedy too. Both those books absolutely fit the criteria. Steven Amsterdam’s Things We Didn’t See Coming, while definitely one of the best books from last year, isn’t going to fit that representing Australian life ‘in all its phases’ criteria.

    I’ve got a few of these books that I haven’t read yet – but I’ll definitely comment more when we get to the shortlist!

  3. And I forgot Andrea Goldsmith … haven’t read it yet but my bookgroup will be doing it next month. I enjoyed her Modern Interiors but that was a long time ago.

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