Agnes Nieuwenhuizen, one of the most significant figures in the development of Australian young-adult literature, has died. She was 78. She was for many years a teacher and a passionate champion of reading and literature in schools. It was taking a class of year 7 children to visit Alan Marshall, author of the bestselling fictionalised autobiography I Can Jump Puddles, that got her thinking about a different approach to teens and reading.
Books, says Josephine Wilson, can be devastating. And that's why writers want their books to be read. "They want someone to get them, you want to be got and got not just as a kind of 'oh, yeh, blah'. And that's the remarkable things when strangers read you and not just your husband." Plenty more people are likely to read Wilson's books and particularly her second novel, Extinctions, after she was named winner of this year's Miles Franklin Literary Award on Thursday.
In 1957, when the inaugural Miles Franklin literary award was presented to Patrick White for Voss, only 19 books were entered for the prize and the cheque the 45-year-old novelist received was for £500. He would, he declared, use the money to a buy a hi-fi set and a new kitchen stove. Chances are the winner of this year's award, to be presented at the New South Wales State Library on Thursday evening, will be able to buy considerably more home comforts now the prize is worth $60,000.
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