One for the TBR list: for the first time, the Miles Franklin Literary Award, one of Australia's most prestigious literary prizes, has been awarded to a crime 'thriller'. The winning book is Truth by Peter Temple.
Links: the Miles Franklin Literary Award (for a 'published novel or play portraying Australian life in any of its phases'); about Miles Franklin herself (author of My Brilliant Career); a review of Truth from The Age newspaper (here's an excerpt):
He doesn't like to make things easy for the reader; indeed he likes to make things as complex as he can. That's largely for his own benefit - when he reads other writers of crime he finds them never as complicated as they should be. ''I hate having things spelled out to me.'' So he tries to be as elliptical as possible and his publisher, Michael Heyward at Text, can get a bit exasperated. ''He says 'I think you've compressed this to the point of incomprehension' and I say that is exactly what I was trying to do. He has asked me what does this mean.