Anna Funder’s All That I Am Wins Barbara Jefferis Award
It’s her second big win in as many weeks as Anna Funder’s debut novel All That I Am (which centres on Anti-Hitler activists before the outbreak of world war II) wins the Barbara Jefferis award which is also worth $35,000!
Funder prevailed over a strong shortlist that included two of her competitors for the Miles Franklin Literary Award — Gillian Mears (Foal’s Bread) and Frank Moorhouse (Cold Light) — and now must be considered a formidable favourite to win the nation’s most important book prize on June 20.
The Barbara Jefferis Award is for the “best novel written by an Australian author that depicts women and girls in a positive way or otherwise empowers the status of women and girls in society”. All That I Am is told in part by Ruth, an old woman living in Sydney and grappling with the ghosts of her European past, including that of her cousin, Dora.
The judges, Debra Adelaide, Sophie Cunningham and Poppy Gee, said Funder “creates two complex and fascinating heroines who pursue the possibilities, and suffer the consequences of, action and inaction in times of great peril”.
Funder also won last week won the Australian Book Industry Award in the literary fiction category.
Source: The Australian