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Miles Franklin 2019 winner Melissa Lucashenko: ‘We need a revolution’

The prize-winning author on rage, her ‘risky’ novel and speaking truth to power


Melissa Lucashenko has the flu but that doesn’t stop her breathing fire down the phone line.

“This bloody bullshit about the forgotten white working class – if there’s any forgotten people in Australia, if there’s any battlers in Australia, it’s brown and black people,” she says.

Lucashenko has just found out she’s won the 2019 Miles Franklin award, Australia’s most prestigious prize for fiction, for her novel Too Much Lip. It’s a book the writer says was “risky” from the…

“There’s no point pretending to speak truth to power, you’ve actually got to do it or…

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