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Michelle de Kretser in Richmond. Photo: Roger Cummins

(Reuters) - Sri Lankan-born author Michelle de Kretser won Australia’s tip novel esteem on Wednesday, awarded a Miles Franklin endowment for her novel “Questions of Travel” that follows dual people on apart journeys.

She was selected from a shortlist of 5 writers, all of whom were female, to win a A$60,000 ($57,000) prize. Also on a shortlist were Romy Ash, Annah Faulkner, Drusilla Modjeska, and Carrie Tiffany.

Richard Neville, one of 5 judges, pronounced all of a novels were during a aspect turn about families.

“Each novel approaches a theme from a really opposite perspective, though all broach complex, fascinating narratives that insist prolonged after a books are closed,” he pronounced in a statement.

The judging row praised Kretser’s book for bringing “large questions close-up and personal with her smart and touching observations and her clear language”.

Her novel centers on dual characters any describing a opposite tour with Kretser exploring questions of home, travel, refugees and fast changes in electronic communication.

Kretser was innate in Sri Lanka and changed to Australia in 1957 during a age of 14.

She is also a award-winning author of “The Rose Grower”, “The Hamilton Case” and “The Lost Dog” that won a 2008 NSW Premier’s Book of a Year Award and was prolonged listed for a 2008 Man Booker Prize and a 2008 Orange Prize for Fiction.

The Miles Franklin award, set adult in 1954, is Australia many prestigious annual literary endowment and is awarded to authors whose works simulate “Australian life in any of a phases”.

The endowment was founded by a Australian writer Miles Franklin who is best famous for her 1901 novel “My Brilliant Career”.

(Reporting by Ellen Sowerby, Editing by Belinda Goldsmith)


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