Seventh time lucky: Amanda Lohrey wins 2021 Miles Franklin Award

Lohrey wins for The Labyrinth. a novel about working through the layers of resilience.

Tasmanian author Amanda Lohrey has been awarded Australia’s prestigious Miles Franklin Literary Award for her novel The Labyrinth, published by Text Publishing. Lohrey has been longlisted three times for the Award, and shortlisted twice. The Labyrinth is her seventh book.

Established by the writer of My Brilliant Career to honour the ‘advancement, improvement and betterment of Australian literature’ the Miles Franklin Literary Award recognises a novel of ‘the highest literary merit’ that presents ‘Australian life in any of its phases.’

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Thuy On is Reviews Editor of ArtsHub and an arts journalist, critic and poet who’s written for a range of publications including The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Sydney Review of Books, The Australian, The Age/SMH and Australian Book Review. She's the outgoing books editor of The Big issue. Her first book, a collection of poetry called Turbulence, came out in 2020 and was published by University of Western Australia Press. Her next collection, Decadence, will be published in July 2022. Twitter: @thuy_on