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Miles Franklin. In or­der to join that com­pany, you have to be­lieve that you’ve joined some­thing quite spe­cial. I mean in any other terms it re­ally would be like win­ning the No­bel Prize,” he said af­ter re­ceiv­ing the prize at a cer­e­mony late on Tues­day.

The Miles Franklin, es­tab­lished in 1954 with a be­quest from author Miles Franklin to nur­ture Aus­tralian lit­er­a­ture, has been awarded to Tim Win­ton, Shirley Haz­zard and Peter Carey.


View of French Im­pres­sion­ist Edouard Manet’s self por­trait (1878), which sold at a Sotheby’s auc­tion in London for £20 mil­lion on Tues­day. SYD­NEY — A South African­born crime writer has won one of Aus­tralia’s most pres­ti­gious lit­er­ary prizes, the Miles Franklin, for a novel set dur­ing the dev­as­tat­ing 2009 Black Satur­day bush­fires.

Peter Tem­ple’s com­plex crime story Truth beat five other short­listed books to take the AUS$42 000 award for a lit­er­ary work por­tray­ing Aus­tralian life.

Tem­ple likened the award, first won by Pa­trick White in 1957 for his novel Voss, to win­ning the No­bel Prize. “One only has to look at the peo­ple who have won the

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