Speaking at the award ceremony last night, judging panel member Prof Gillian Whitlock said:
“The judges admired this ambitious novel that moves across continents and decades to remind us that experiences of exile and dislocation have long been part of Australian life.
“Inspired by interviews and memoirs of those who resisted the Third Reich from the beginning, Funder’s novel is shaped by the flawed memories and recollections of its two narrators, Ruth and Toller, who survive to bear witness. In this way the novel is both a testimony to those who led the resistance to Nazism, and a reflection on the limited ways that fiction and history can represent the traumatic past and do justice to its victims”
Each year the Miles Franklin Award is presented to “a novel which is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases.”
All That I Am was chosen from the five short-listed novel, then ones that missed out are: