Shearer’s Bookshop stood silent in quivering anticipation tonight for the announcement of the 2012 Miles Franklin Literary Award winner. Speculations have abounded, with everyone throwing in their bit and bob, with many favourites being booted out with the announcement of the Shortlist. The seconds stretched, and hearts quickened – the hour was upon us! Blogs became congested as one name stood above the rest – “Anna Funder”.
Shearer's would like to congratulate Anna Funder on winning the Miles Franklin award for 2012 for her gripping first work of fiction All That I Am. Funder rose to fame and great critical acclaim for her non-fiction title Stasiland, a polyvocal tale about the resistance to the East German regime, and those who worked for the secret police, the Stasi.
All That I Am is based on a true story of bravery, betrayal and resistance to Nazi Germany. Lovers and friends are hunted, exiled and haunted by the ghosts of a part of history that will never be forgotten. Compassionate and unsentimental, complex and ambitious – All That I Am sweeps through love and history, humanity and tyranny to paint a picture too important not to experience.
We have a All That I Am display, and copious copies of all the shortlisted titles in store.
Congratulations also to the Miles Franklin Shortlist 2012:
Past The Shallows